Originally from Philadelphia, Erick obtained his Bachelor of Science from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He then moved to New Orleans where he obtained a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studying an invasive parasite infecting Hawaiian stream fishes. Erick’s work uses molecular and ecological techniques to better understand population structure of wildlife as well as the origin and epidemiology of infectious disease in wildlife. His work spans multiple taxa, including freshwater fishes, sea otters, and mountain lions. In the VandeWoude lab, his work is focused upon overlaying puma landscape genomics with that of chronic retroviruses to better understand disease spread across heterogeneous landscapes. In addition, he is working on projects involving viral discovery and viral evolution in wildlife and domestic cats. In his spare time Erick enjoys hiking, surfing, skiing, and generally spending time outdoors with his wife Ashley and their two dogs.
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