Visiting Instructor in Environmental and Urban Studies
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Environmental and Urban Studies
Biography:Christopher Bowser serves as extension associate for the Cornell University Water Resource Institute and education coordinator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. His projects include coordinating the annual NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program’s Day in the Life of the Hudson River monitoring event, with more than 6,000 participants and 100 partnering schools and providers; designing citizen science research projects monitoring juvenile eel migration at 12 sites involving 1,000 community volunteers; and implementing in-service teacher trainings on Hudson River curricula. He is also the director of the Summer Environmental Institute at Marist College. Previous positions also include education director for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, second mate/watch officer on the Schooner Roseway off the coast of Maine and U.S. Virgin Islands, and Peace Corps forestry agent in Mauritania, West Africa. Bowser is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the 2020 New York State Outdoor Education Association Leadership Award, United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award, Scenic Hudson “Hudson Valley Hero” Award for designing the Hudson River Eel Project; a National Science Foundation travel grant for a NATO-sponsored water resources institute in Israel; and a Robert and Patricia Switzer Fellowship for research on Hudson River estuary ecosystem mapping. He is certified as a New York State emergency medical technician and trained in Geographic Information Systems including ESRI (ArcGIS, ArcView, and related) and IDRISI. He is also a freelance photographer who has been published in National Geographic, Sierra, Offshore Magazine, Orion Afield and Hudson Valley Magazine.
BA, Rutgers University; MA, Clark University.