Chris Haak, PhD candidate

haak Chris has an unconventional background for a fisheries scientist.  A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School and an Emmy-winning visual effects artist in his first career, Chris spent nearly every moment of his vacation time with a fly rod in his hand.  Chris’s desire to learn more about the fish he loved to catch led him to attend the 3rd  International Bonefish and Tarpon symposium in 2008, where he was finally “hooked” by fisheries science.  Chris is now in the final year of his doctoral research in the Danylchuk Lab, where, working closely with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, he studies the ecology of bonefish in The Bahamas and greater Caribbean.  Ultimately, Chris hopes to merge his disparate careers, using visual media to communicate science and promote conservation more effectively.

 

Contact: chaak@eco.umass.edu