Christopher Kibler is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). His research combines remote sensing and field ecology to study how vegetation responds to disturbance and degradation at a landscape scale. His current work analyzes the impact of fires and droughts on vegetation in southern California. He is currently working with SCI-CLAWPS on research within the Santa Clara River basin in Southern California to improve understanding in how prolonged drought affects riparian forests in a groundwater dependent ecosystems. This work is funded by US National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Nature Conservancy. His primary advisor is Dar Roberts. Christopher received his Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University and his Master’s degree from UCSB. Before attending UCSB, he worked for the city government in Washington, DC, where he developed and enforced water pollution regulations. He is originally from Maine, USA. Learn more from Christopher’s website.