Welcome EriK T Aschehoug - new SE

Submitted by editor on 9 September 2016.

We are very happy to welcome Erik T Aschehoug from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

Get to know him on his website: http://aschehouglab.com/about.html

and in my interview with him:

What's your main research focus at the moment?

Most of my work is focused on how interactions among species affect everything from community assembly to ecosystem function. I’m particularly interested in all of the indirect effects that emerge from lots of species interacting in space and time—and figuring out where and when these types of interactions are important. 

Can you describe your research career?

Well, my career has had a few twists and turns to get me where I am now. I got my B.A. in Biology from The University of Montana in 1997. I then worked for many years for The Nature Conservancy developing and implementing a large scale restoration project on Santa Cruz Island. I received my PhD from The University of Montana in 2011, followed by a postdoc at North Carolina State University (2011-2015). I’m now an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University.

How come that you became a scientist in ecology?

I probably should have known this is where I’d end up—I grew up in a really rural part of Michigan and I spent far more of my childhood outside than inside—even in the winter. But, I wasn’t a kid that was infatuated with nature as much as I just wanted to be out amongst the trees. I’m an ecologist because I love solving problems and doing science. The fact that I get to do it outdoors makes it all the better.

What do you do when you're not working?

I have a great family and we do a lot of things together. But there is one thing that I do where I leave the family and work behind. It’s perhaps the last vestige of my youth: I play ice hockey (even in Louisiana!).