Erik is an oceanographer, investigating the time scales and pathways of the global ocean circulation.
His research focuses on how currents and eddies in the ocean transport heat and nutrients, as well as marine organisms and plastics between different regions of the ocean. He has a MSc in physics and a PhD in physical oceanography, and uses both data from ocean observations as well as from computer simulations of the ocean to understand how different regions of the ocean are connected.
Erik has worked in Europe, the USA and now Australia. He has authored over 35 peer-reviewed articles on ocean circulation with more than 100 different co-authors. He is an Associate Investigator of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. In 2013, the ARC also awarded him a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), which allowed him to start building his own group within the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW.