Eric grew up in Fairbanks Alaska. After graduating West Valley High School, he attended the University of California Santa Cruz, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2005. Between 2007 and 2009, Eric served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eastern Uganda. After returning to the United States, he undertook several projects with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Bureau of Land Management. In 2012 Eric moved to Juneau and began working at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Eric greatly enjoys skiing, boating, diving and coffee.