Chris is the Mid-Atlantic Research Scientist and Technical Support Specialist with The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories. He also serves as a research collaborator with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, Casey Trees. Chris is based in Arlington, VA and works out of the Casey Trees headquarters. An ecologist at heart and an entomologist by training, Chris’s research interests are centered around the theme of sustainable landscape design and management and draw from the fields of urban forestry, ornamental entomology, and landscape ecology.
Chris first became interested in the intersection of entomology and arboriculture as an undergraduate examining the biology of brown marmorated stink bug in tree nurseries in the lab of Dr. Mike Raupp at the University of Maryland. From there, he went on to study the ecology of urban forests and their insect communities on different types of managed landscapes as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the lab of Dr. Mary Gardiner at The Ohio State University.
In his current role, he divides his time between conducting and disseminating research on current issues in landscape pest management, urban forestry and arboriculture as well as training and supporting Bartlett Arborist Representatives and Plant Health Care Specialists. He also undertakes work to communicate with broader audiences on the fundamentals of science-based tree and landscape care. Chris has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and is an active member of the Entomological Society of America and the International Society of Arboriculture.