Chris is a fifth year Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy. The aim of his dissertation is to more quantitatively the structures of molecular clouds, and how this information can be used to diagnose a cloud's internal star formation activity. This involves mapping clouds with sub-millimeter telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea, as well as developing statistical techniques to compare these data to simulations of star forming regions. His primary thesis advisors are Jonathan Williams and Alyssa Goodman.
Since September 2010, Chris has been conducting dissertation research at the Harvard-SmithsonianCenter for Astrophysics with Alyssa Goodman. In June 2011, he was awarded a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship to continue his study in Boston.