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Dr. Christopher Puttock is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. He is 2012 President of the Botanical Society of Washington DC, Vice President of Chesapeake Natives, Inc. and a Board Member of the Maryland Native Plant Society. He was the Program Coordinator of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance from August 2005 until he left Hawai‘i for Maryland in February 2008; Under his guidance, the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation was formed in September 2006. He has been on the board of the HCAF since 2008.

Christopher’s formal training is in plant systematics from the University of New South Wales; He worked in Canberra for Environment Australia as a Flora writer before moving to Hawai‘i in 1998 and taking up the positions of Collections Manager of Botany, Chair of Bishop Museum Laboratories, and Director of the Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity at the Bernice P. Bishop Museum.

He has broad interests in landscape restoration and wetland plants and animals. Amongst other things, Christopher is currently working on an electronic flora of the North American paper daisies, the status of American ginseng and a monograph of the oaks of Maryland. He is also the Chair of the Rotary District 7620 Environmental Committee, developing and implementing their signature project of building artificial reefs for the restoration of the eastern oyster, the keystone species for improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

Christopher Puttock, Director

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History Former Director, Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance