Chris is a PhD biology student at Washington State University, teacher, and an avid lifelong conservationist and outdoorsman. He has as MS in biology from Syracuse University, and a BS in biology from Western Washington University. The ideas of restoration and conservation entered Chris’s life at an early age. Fortunate enough to have forest near his home, he spent his childhood playing and learning in the woods. As he grew up, many of these cherished forests were cleared and paved. The sense of profound loss from seeing his old haunts destroyed left a deep and permanent impression, one which still drives his passion for conservation today. With that in mind, Chris set out to restore and conserve as much of this land as possible in this crucial window, for the maximum possible benefit for the ecosystem and the people that depend on it. The Phoenix Conservancy was founded on these basic ideals. Their pragmatic, science-backed, maximum benefit per input, ecosystem-scale restoration approach is a lifelong dream come true for Chris. He can’t imagine a better cause to dedicate his life to, and is thrilled to work every day to save the world’s ecosystems through The Phoenix Conservancy.