Zachary K Erickson

About Me

I am a fourth year graduate student in Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) at Caltech. My research is motivated by a desire to better understand and constrain the marine biological carbon cycle. I am broadly interested in how the physics of oceanic fluid dynamics affects primary productivity, with a focus on mesoscale and submesoscale dynamics in shelf break regions.

In addition to academic research, I am also interested in science policy — how scientific results affect policy decisions and, conversely, how policy decisions affect science. My personal interest stems largely from environmental policy. I am the current President of SEPAC (Science & Engineering Policy At Caltech), a student-led club that serves to educate the Caltech student body on science policy issues by hosting discussions and talks on a variety of topics, and to empower students to pursue their science policy interests after Caltech by sharing internship and job opportunities.

In my other life, I am a musician. I consider myself a skilled — albeit amateur — hornist, pianist (solo and collaborative), and conductor, and have dabbled in voice and composition.

I am a self-taught programmer. I am most proficient in MATLAB, and have been making a conscious effort to use more Python. I also have experience in C++ and Perl. I am working on my ability to write HTML websites, and in creating this site have extensively used source material from here and here.

This page last modified: January 2017