Chris joined GMRI in September of 2015 as the Fisheries Training and Outreach Project Manager. In this role, Chris works to bridge the gap between fisheries science, policy, and the fishing industry by recruiting and training fishermen to be more involved in the science and management of federally managed fisheries.
Chris started his career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), serving first as a cooperative research fisheries biologist. In that role, he worked with Florida Keys lobstermen to reduce gear impacts and bycatch mortality in the spiny lobster fishery. Later, Chris joined the FWRI Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration group, studying the link between land-based human activities and coastal productivity. Just prior to joining GMRI, Chris spent two years as a Project Manager for a private consultancy, working at the intersection of natural resources science and policy.
Chris holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Central Florida and is currently finishing an M.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Geography from the University of South Florida.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys fishing, surfing, hiking, and hanging with his two boys.