Erik graduated from Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) in 2016 with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. At WSUV, he oriented his studies around a plurality of explanatory frameworks in the social and biological sciences.
Past research experiences include a cross-cultural investigation of psychoactive drug use among hunter-gatherers and fieldwork studying the sensory ecology of emperor and saddleback tamarins (Saguinus imperator and Saguinus fuscicollis) in the Peruvian Amazon.
He is principally interested in how the fundamentals of evolutionary biology and ecology can aid our understanding of human behavior. Within this framework, he believes that comparative research programs (both cross-cultural and cross-species) are essential. General areas of interest include ingestive behavior, ontogeny, and social learning.