Chris Scholin

Chris Scholin

President & CEO, MBARI

Chris Scholin is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He received a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1984, and a M.A. in Molecular Biology and Immunology from Duke University in 1986. After working for a short time as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, Chris entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MIT/WHOI) Joint Program in Biological Oceanography with the objective of combining molecular biology and ecology in an ocean setting.

After earning his Ph.D. from MIT/WHOI in 1992, he came to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1994 he joined the MBARI staff as a Scientist with a focus on development and application of molecular probes for detection of a variety of waterborne microbes, in particular toxic and harmful algae. Working collaboratively with a team of engineers, his group pioneered development of the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), an instrument that collects water samples autonomously, concentrates microorganisms and automates application of molecular probes to detect particular species and substances they produce.

Chris served as Chair of MBARI’s Research Division from mid-2005 to early 2009 before appointment as President and CEO in late 2009. He currently serves on an External Advisory Committee for the University of Miami’s Oceans and Human Health Center, the Management Committee of the Center for Ocean Solutions, and the Board of Trustees of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He maintains an active research program that focuses on development and application of instruments for collecting and analyzing microorganisms remotely in coastal, open ocean, and deep-sea environments.


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