Chris Bowser is the Science Education Specialist for the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson River Research Reserve, in partnership with the Water Resource Institute of Cornell University. His professional experience includes working as a Peace Corps forestry volunteer in Mauritania, serving as Education Director for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, mapping river shorelines for the Research Reserve, and coordinating independent consultant projects. Chris serves as an adjunct instructor of environmental science at Marist College, teaching a variety of traditional and on-line courses. He earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, where he was a Switzer Family Foundation Environmental Fellow.
Chris’s current work with the NYSDEC focuses on environmental sceince education and citizen research in the Hudson River Valley. He coordinates an annual estuary-wide monitoring day involving 2500 students at over 50 shoreline sites, and leads teacher training workshops on incorporating Hudson River topics into existing curriculum. He also designs field programs for the Norrie Point Environmental Center, and implements a citizen-science project where high school students and teachers collect daily information on migrating juvenile American eels into several Hudson River tributaries.