Initially intending to study botany, Chris was diverted into marine science the instant he glimpsed his first tidepool, and he has remained near the ocean ever since. He holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria and a PhD in Ecology from the University of Alberta. Although obtaining his PhD from a noticeably landlocked institution, Chris spent most of his time on the west coast of Vancouver Island studying how marine organisms respond to variable and changing environments. Along the way, Chris has remained interested in many diverse aspects of biology, including island biogeography and plant-bird interactions. His work has been featured on national and international radio and news programs including CBC, NPR, and the BBC. Most recently, he comes to Quest after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories where he expanded the scope of his research to include climate change adaptation. Chris has taught field courses in Marine Ecology, Community Ecology, and Research Methods, and greatly enjoys mentoring students as they pursue their own research questions.
At Quest, Chris teaches a variety of courses at the interface between ecology, behaviour, and evolution, with a primary goal of bringing real scientific inquiry into the classroom and into the field. Part of an international group of active-learning professionals, he is dedicated to employing the most current and effective techniques to help engage students in their own learning.
Given Quest's stunning location, Chris plans to divide his free time equally between the ocean and the mountains, pursuing such activities as mountain biking, hiking, skiing and fishing.
To contact Chris, you can email him at or call him at 604.898.8000 or our toll free number in North America 1.888.QUEST.08 (1.888.783.7808).
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