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Christopher M. Reddy

Christopher Reddy is an associate scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and an adjunct professor in biology at Boston University. He grew up on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay and has always lived within a few miles of a coast. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1992 at Rhode Island College with a 2.8 GPA that was a five-year effort. After working one year in industry, Reddy returned to academia and received a Ph.D. degree in 1997 in chemical oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island and came to WHOI as a postdoctoral scholar. Reddy researches how the oceans respond to human-derived chemicals. He is a Fellow in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, which trains scientists to effectively communicate science to the public. He often talks with some of the trailblazers who previously studied the effects of 1969 Florida oil spill in Falmouth: John Teal, Kathy Burns, George Hampson, and John Farrington. Unfortunately, two key scientists who were involved in earlier studies of this spill, Max Blumer and Howard Sanders, died before Reddy, to his great regret, had a chance to meet them.

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