Chris graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a BS degree in environmental and sustainability sciences with minors in biology and climate change. Joining BRI in early 2021 as an associate research biologist, he is broadly interested in how environmental pollutants affect biodiversity, especially populations of declining species. Chris has made tropical birds his priority over the last 3 years while studying avian soundscapes in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, social weaver nesting behavior in the scrub-savannas of Kenya, and now, avian mercury exposure in the neotropics with BRI.
Chris contributes to BRI’s Center for Mercury Studies in an international collaboration to understand the prevalence and distribution of mercury pollution in neotropical birds throughout Latin America. His work helps highlight how prevalent ecotoxins have become in the environment as a direct result of human activities such as industrial practices and artisanal small-scale gold mining.
Since 2017, 10 grants awarded totalling more than $26,000
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