Eric has been the entomologist in charge of the weed biological control program for the Oregon Department of Agriculture since 1987. He manages a portfolio of 76 species of biocontrol agents against 31 species of targeted weeds. He is the chief editor for the book Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States. Eric is also a courtesy graduate faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science at Oregon State University. He has degrees Wildlife Ecology and Insect Ecology from Utah State University. He was a non-game and endangered species wildlife biologist for BLM and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a crop protection entomologist for USDA APHIS, and a biology instructor at Treasure Valley Community College.