Christopher was a doctoral student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior subprogram of biology at the Graduate School of the City University of New York while he was a GK-12 Fellow. His field of interest is wildlife management and conservation and his current dissertation work is investigating the population dynamics and habitat selection of urban and suburban screech owls. He graduated in February 2012.
As a GK-12 graduate teaching fellow, Chris worked at Truman High School in the Bronx (2008) and the High School for Environmental Studies (HSES) in Manhattan (2009). As a result of his work with 9-12th grade students in biology and science research classes, he developed the Wild City authentic research module, which focuses on introductory ecology and urban wildlife management. In the Wild City course, students learn how to apply field research methods and techniques. As a College Now Fellow, Chris has pilot tested this course at HSES and the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering. As both a GK12 and College Now fellow, Chris has mentored high school students in field ecology and has published two papers with former students based on their work.