Eric is the Managing Director of the <a href="http://wwa.colorado.edu" title="Link: http://wwa.colorado.edu">Western Water Assessment</a>, a NOAA-funded <a href="http://cpo.noaa.gov/ClimatePrograms/ClimateandSocietalInteractions/RISAProgram.aspx">RISA</a> program that works to connect climate science to water and other natural resource management in the Intermountain West. As Managing Director, Eric is responsible for WWA's overall program administration and management, coordinating the research agenda, and other logistical and outreach activities. In addition, he is as an Associate Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and has published on the watershed impacts of tree mortality due to bark beetle infestation. <br> <br>Prior to joining WWA, Eric received his Master¹s in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also served as a legislative director and aide in the United States Congress for six years, specializing in environmental and energy issues. Eric holds a Bachelor¹s in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. <br> <br>When he is not busy creating a course on Water in the Western US, Eric is out skiing and snowshoeing on water in its frozen form!