Chris is a third year master's student in the geography department. He received his BS in applying and communicating environmental science from Huxley College at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. During his time as an undergrad he also completed a GIS certificate, along with a GIS minor, as well as a minor in journalism, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the nationally-recognized campus environmental magazine, The Planet. He believes that anthropogenic climate change is one of the most pertinent issues of the modern era and as such, he hopes to do his part to help steer humanity and all living systems through the next century. He has been spending his time working under Dr. Connie Woodhouse, Dr. Dave Meko and Dr. Kevin Anchukaitis, working on a joint-project with the California Department of Water Resources. His master thesis is focused on analyzing the ENSO precipitation dipole embedded in long-standing tree-ring chronologies across western North America.