Erik’s 25+ year relationship with cannabis has continued to evolve and ultimately led him to seek a strong foundation in traditional science at both The Evergreen State College in WA and then at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Master of Science degree in Plant Pathology for his study of molecular plant-microbe interaction. Erik has consulted on projects ranging from small artisan medical gardens to one of the largest Tier 3 licensed recreational facilities in WA. His extensive cultivation experience and advanced understanding of plant and pathogen biology allow him to effectively utilize IPM concepts and bio-control programs in combination with strategic building design and workflow dynamics to prevent common diseases and ensure optimal plant health, production rates, and product quality.
Erik currently conducts his research in the Seattle-based Tier 3 Cultivar Farms production facility, where he has created a cutting-edge lab in which he has been actively engaged in the research and development of Cannabis Specific Tissue Culture techniques. The main purpose of Erik’s research is to provide disease-free plant stock to the cannabis industry while also preserving commercially viable strains, and his subsequent hope is to create a foundation to explore future cannabis bio-technologies.