Chris Witte

 

Field Biology 

Chris is a field biologist interested in assessing ecosystem health and modeling species-specific adaptive outcomes. Collecting and analyzing data about interactions between abiotic / biotic factors and natural populations is a critical component of well-designed, comprehensive biology research.  For example, how are apex predators, such as the polar bear, adapting to environmental change? Passive sampling of hair and scat could provide insight into changes in condition, movement, and behavioral strategies. From big to small, soil microbes play a vital role in habitat and community relationships and are utilized as biomarkers of ecosystem health. Modeling such relationships, indicative of multi-component environment flux, provides important comprehensive diagnostics. Such models are then applied to promote synergistic relationship between humans and their environment.