Christopher Cogan joined the CSUCI faculty from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. Dr. Cogan led research teams studying Arctic coastal biodiversity and developed science guidelines to prioritize long-term interdisciplinary coastal research. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz where he worked on biodiversity analysis for land-use and reserve system planning. His Masters work was completed at UC Santa Barbara where he received a degree in Geography while working with geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing studies on the endangered California condor. Dr. Cogan has also worked at the University of Idaho on GAP Analysis for national reserve system planning, and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His key research interests are biodiversity, interdisciplinary science, environmental GIS applications and data synthesis.