Chris is a paleoceanographer who uses planktic and benthic foraminifera, as well as geochemistry, sedimentology, and geophysical data to understand how ancient marine life responded to changes in its environment in order to better understand ongoing human-driven disruptions. Ancient environmental and ecological changes can provide information about feedbacks and response times of natural systems which cannot be determined from the relatively short period of modern observations. Chris’s research is broadly focused on extinction and recovery, marine productivity, ocean circulation, and sea level rise. Intervals of interest include 1) Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events, 2) the end Cretaceous mass extinction and the subsequent recovery of life, 3) Paleogene climate and circulation change, and 4) Holocene sea level rise and storm events on the Texas Coast.
micropaleontology, paleoceanography, stratigraphy, sea level rise, marine productivity
Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S., Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S., Geology, University of Mary Washington