Chris serves as Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, a nonprofit organization supporting research and educational efforts that advance the economic development of marine and freshwater aquaculture in Maine. Chris also serves as a director on a number of boards, including the Maine Technology Institute, Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, Maine Aquaculture Association, Maine Department of Marine Resources Aquaculture Advisory Council, the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association and is currently President of the National Shellfisheries Association. He is also celebrating his 28th year of farming oysters in the Damariscotta River as a partner in the Pemaquid Oyster Company. Chris also serves as an adjunct associate professor of Marine Sciences for the University of Maine and teaches courses in aquaculture and shellfish biology at the University's Darling Marine Center. His research interests include new aquaculture species development, selective breeding of bivalves and developing improved husbandry methods. Chris received his BA from Colby College and Ph.D. from the University of Maine. He lives in Waldoboro with his wife Janet McMahon and their two daughters, Josie and Sophie, both of whom attended Watershed School as did their two "Euro-daughters" Pia and Hannah, who attended Watershed as foreign exchange students in 2010 and 2011, respectively.