Christian specializes in the application of expert judgment and decision support tools for risk analysis, governance, and decision making under high uncertainty, particularly in fields related to environmental management, toxics and emerging technologies. Christian works with stakeholder groups and technical panels in the role of both analyst and facilitator, and in the development of tailor-made decision support tools. His work has included entrainment and fish passage at hydroelectric facilities, monitoring and mitigation for freshwater and marine development proposals (e.g., hydroelectric and port development), and various other planning and decision making processes related to impact assessment methods and the development of water monitoring systems. As a member of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) at UCLA, and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at UC Santa Barbara, Christian’s research has included the exploration of expert and layperson risk perceptions, and life cycle approaches to regulating risks.
Christian holds a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s of Biomedical Engineering degree from McGill University, and Bachelors degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology from the University of Western Ontario.
What was your first job?
General labourer at a machine shop – the first of many factory jobs in the Motor City.
Describe what you do in 5 words or less.
Make complex decision problems manageable.
Why do you do what you do?
Because I believe we all have the ability to make the world a better place by understanding the complexities of the systems within which we work, by thinking critically about our decisions, and knowing when our biases may lead us astray. Making better decisions means improving the things we care about, from vibrant communities to a thriving environment – and a little bit of improvement can go a long way.
What do you do when unplugged from work?
Spend endless hours trail running on the North Shore, cycling around the Pacific Northwest, and training for the next big race!
What truly blows your mind?
25k of glorious mountain trail on a cool summer morning.