Eric began his career as a geologist, wandering remote dirt roads in the American Southwest. After a few years, he decided to get his hands dirty and became a credentialed teacher. He taught chemistry, physics, geology, math, and at-risk-youth programming in Bay Area public schools. After attending his first Summer Institute at the Exploratorium, he was hooked! He joined the Teacher Institute in 1995 as a science, math, and technology educator.
Eric has created numerous hands-on activities and conducted professional development workshops from Alaska to Costa Rica, China, and Tobago. He has written articles for The Science Teacher, The Physics Teacher, several museum publications, and various websites. He is the author of While You’re Waiting for the Food to Come, a book of science activities that can be done at restaurants. He has also been a contributor to NPR and helped to create an internationally distributed poster of the Earth’s Anatomy.
Eric earned a BS in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA in Education from Columbia University. He was a fellow at Tufts University’s Wright Center for Innovation in Science Education. He has also worked as a whitewater rafting guide, done research on glaciers, worked in a high-energy physics lab, and taught courses at several universities.