Chris grew up in Chicago and began his marine science career by visiting the Shedd Aquarium as often as he could and reading every book he could find about sharks. His interest in sharks led him to attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg Florida. When not spending time at the beach he obtained his B.S. in marine science, published a thesis on bonnethead shark populations along the west coast of Florida, and led hands-on shark dissections at a local middle school. Before joining the DHP team he worked in the forestry department for his home town public works division. As a marine educator, he enjoys every opportunity to provide his students with hands-on learning and he relishes every chance he gets to teach aboard the R/V Alabama Discovery or in the salt marsh. When not teaching he enjoys running marathons, biking, swimming, and all manner of outdoor sports.