Chris Linder
Website design
Visit my commercial photography website at
Research Interests

I divide my time at WHOI between field photography, science writing, web design, and physical oceanography research.

I am a visual storyteller. Using photographs and words, I tell the stories of oceanographers working in the field. My specialty is shooting in harsh conditions, from winter in the North Atlantic to the Arctic Ocean pack ice. In conjunction with the International Polar Year (2007-2008), I will be documenting scientists working in the Arctic and Antarctic. This project, titled Live from the Poles, is funded by the National Science Foundation. To learn more about my documentary photography and outreach, visit my photography page.

My scientific background is in coastal oceanography. I have been focusing on the dynamics of shelfbreak fronts, the climatic variability of shelf and slope waters, and data visualization techniques. I work with Glen Gawarkiewicz on a number of projects studying the Middle Atlantic Bight shelfbreak front, which extends from the Gulf of Maine to the Chesapeake Bay.



Master of Science in Ocean Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139)
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA 02543)
Thesis title: A Climatology of the Middle Atlantic Bight Shelfbreak Front
Advisors: Dr. Glen G. Gawarkiewicz, WHOI Physical Oceanography Dept. &
Dr. James F. Lynch, WHOI Applied Ocean Science and Engineering Dept.

Bachelor of Science in Oceanography
United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD 21402)
Thesis title: Microcomputer Processing and Interpretation of Side-Scan Sonar Data, mid Chesapeake Bay
Advisor: Dr. Peter L. Guth, USNA Oceanography Dept.

Professional Experience

2005-Present Research Associate III
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Physical Oceanography Dept.
2000-2004 Research Associate II
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Physical Oceanography Dept.
Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) Officer
United States Navy
back to top | WHOI Homepage