Erik is an Associate Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist at Michigan State University. Since he joined the faculty in 2001, he and his research team have performed numerous studies on ornamental crops to determine the effects of light and temperature on plant growth and development. Experiments have been performed on a wide range of greenhouse crops including bedding plants, flowering potted plants, and herbaceous perennials. Most recently, Erik’s group has been determining how to minimize greenhouse energy inputs using cultural practices, management of temperature and light, and energy-saving technologies including light-emitting diodes (LEDs). He also works with plant growth regulators and production strategies to improve plant quality and production efficiency.