Erik has spent almost two years at sea on over 30 research cruises and has made 46 dives in manned submersibles. He is a self-described ocean explorer whose research is focused on deep-sea coral reefs, natural hydrocarbon seeps, and hydrothermal vents.
There is no-one better to take us on a tour of the ocean's depths than Erik Cordes.
Erik is a Full Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Biology at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. He has worked on the ecology of the deep sea for over 25 years, during which he has organised and led expeditions to the USA, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the central Pacific.
Erik has always been fascinated by the ocean and formed a bond with it early on by fishing with his grandfather in Mississippi and exploring tide pools on the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire. Now, he runs the Cordes Lab at Temple, a specialist unit focused on deep-sea ecology and ocean exploration. When he's not joining us in The Garden, you'll probably find him on a boat, or if not, listening to one of the more than 1,200 records in his collection.