Eric first joined the Chewonki community this summer as a wilderness trip leader instructing Boat Builders Expedition. He is passionate about ecology and using science education to develop both a sense of place and skills for observing the natural world. Eric is excited to mentor students at the Maine Coast Semester as they ask themselves, “What does it look like for me to live as my best self?”
After growing up in New Jersey, Eric earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology at St. Lawrence University where much of his senior research was devoted to understanding the ecology of common northern forest mosses. He has worked as an environmental and field science educator in California and instructed rock and ice climbing, backpacking, canoeing, sea kayaking, and whitewater rafting throughout the United States. Eric is eager to bring his love for outdoor travel to the science classroom at Maine Coast Semester to pair wilderness exploration and academic inquiry. In 2014 he spent thirty-nine days canoeing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from the central Adirondacks to northern Maine, mostly alone.
In the Community
Around Chewonki Neck you can find Eric carving spoons against a pine tree, paddling at the waterfront, or with his nose in the dirt making friends with yet another species of moss.