Erik Watkins is an instrument scientist on the Liquids Reflectometer at SNS. His research interests range from biophysics and soft matter at interfaces to materials under extreme conditions. After getting a bachelors degree from Hampshire College, a school with no grades or majors, he worked as an assistant scientist on the SPEAR reflectometer at LANSCE in Los Alamos National Laboratory. Erik received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California at Davis in 2011 for research on model membranes using x-ray and neutron scattering techniques. Prior to joining ORNL in 2022, Erik was an instrument scientist on the Asterix neutron reflectometer at LANSCE and before that an instrument scientist on the neutron reflectometer FIGARO at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble France.