Erik Merrill is the program manager for the Independent Scientific Review Panel and the Independent Scientific Advisory Board. He coordinates the panel's review of projects to implement the fish and wildlife program and the board's review of key scientific issues facing the Columbia River Basin. He has worked with the fish and wildlife division since April 1997. Prior to this, he worked as a natural and cultural resource consultant. He has a law degree and certificate in environmental and natural resources law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. He has a B.A. in political science and the humanities from the University of Arizona.