After graduation, Eric was a Biology instructor at the Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon.
From 1993 to 1995, Eric was a Research Biologist at the Raptor Research Center at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho.
In 1996 and 1997, he was a Research Biologist at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.
From 1997 through 2010, he was a freelance Ecologist and Conservation Biologist with several federal agencies and other organizations.
He has been an instructor at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
Currently, Eric is a Biology instructor at Northwest College in Wyoming. His research interests include ecology of a wide variety of raptors, conservation, spatial distribution of rare species, especially prairie birds and montane amphibians, methods for identifying species of conservation concern, conservation planning in the West, and general small scale and long term field ecology.
Eric is also committed to the ethical development of local economies that join people intimately to their ecosystems. Hence, Eric, wife Melonie, and daughters market Galloway beef at the Red Lodge Farmers Market in Montana and raise heirloom livestock on their small farm.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
B.L. Brock and E.C. Atkinson. In press. How to determine appropriate focal species: selecting focal species for a comprehensive conservation umbrella. In F.L. Craighead and C. Convis, eds., Shaping the future: conservation planning from the bottom up, a practical guide to tools and techniques for the twenty-first century. Craighead Center for Landscape Conservation.
Cade, T.J. and E.C. Atkinson. 2002. Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor). In A. Poole and F. Gill, eds., The Birds of North American, No. 671. The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Holt, D.W., W.D. Norton, and E.C. Atkinson. 2001. Breeding season food habits of Burrowing Owls in south-central Montana. Intermountain Journal of Sciences 7:63-69.
Atkinson, E.C. 1998. Shrikes: a guide to the Shrikes of the world. N. Lefranc and T. Worfolk. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. Quarterly Review of Biology 73:364.
Atkinson, E.C., L.J. Goodrich, and K.L. Bildstein. 1997. A temporal field guide to autumn raptor migration at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Birds 10:134-137.