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 the Netherlands, the USA, Australia and the UK. He has authored over 45 peer-reviewed articles on ocean circulation with more than 130 different co-authors. He is a lecturer at Imperial College London and an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Australia. He is also 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).