While completing his B.S., Chris studied plankton communitities in the Laurentian Great Lakes and inland lakes of the Great Lakes region. After graduation he shifted toward smaller water bodies with larger organisms, studying wetland macroinvertebrate communities of southwestern Michigan at Michigan State University's biological station. He then worked as a technician, studying interdunal wetland macroinvertebrate communities in the Shriever lab at Western Michigan University, and his work soon evolved into his master's program research. After finishing his M.S., Chris returned to MSU as an assistant instructor for a wetland ecology and management course. Afterward, he accepted a laboratory manager position at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, where he was responsible for coordinating sample/data collection, processing and curation for a project examining macroinvertebrate and fish communities along a natural precipitation gradient in southern Texas. He joined our research center in 2022.