Erik C. Zobrist was born September 21, 1961 in Moline, Illinois. He graduated from Truman High School in Independence, Missouri in 1979. In 1983 he graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Biology.
Erik received a Masters Degree in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Carolina in 1992.
Erik became a biologist in 1992 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Department of Commerce in Silver Springs, Maryland, where he specialized in Habitat Restoration. He worked on many wetland habitats in the Louisiana bayous before and after Hurricane Katrina.
In 1995 and 2008 Erik received a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for superior federal service for his restoration activities in coastal Louisiana. He helped to restore over 25,000 acres of fishery habitat and 1,800 acres of wetland.
Erik died on March 28, 2013 in Lovettsville, Virginia. He is survived by his former wife Keturah Johnson, daughter Myrick Zobrist, and son Jack Zobrist, of Purcellville, Virginia. He is also survived by his two brothers Karl and Mark, and their families in Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benedict and Donna Zobrist.
A memorial service will held at on April 2 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Purcellville, VA