Erik Iverson [EEB] is a fourth-year PhD candidate. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Erik went to school in New Orleans and began to work on ecology and conservation, studying the relationship between birds and their environment in Ecuador and Australia. After graduating, Erik worked on natural resources management for a variety of agencies including the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management, before managing an avian neuroscience lab at Emory University. His work now focuses on understanding how mitochondrial and nuclear genes work together to enable adaptation, and he studies freshwater fish in Mexico and birds in Peru to see how related species have adapted to the challenges of living in different climates. Erik also works locally in conservation, serving as the Vice President of the nonprofit Pines and Prairies Land Trust, which protects approximately 2500 acres of land in Central Texas. At SUTS, Erik helps prepare and set up the talks.