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Christopher Nytch
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Christopher Nytch is an Auxiliary Researcher in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras (UPR‐RP). He manages projects on the Luquillo Forest Dynamics Plot in El Yunque National Forest, part of the Luquillo Long‐Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program. His LTER work addresses forest community responses to multi‐scale stressors such as climate change, hurricanes, land use legacies, and water availability. Chris also contributes as a collaborating ecologist to several landscape, island, and region‐wide conservation and planning initiatives, including the Puerto Rico Climate Change Council, the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and the Strategic Habitat Conservation Project in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. He is presently developing a sustainability education network with partners in Puerto Rico, Vermont, and South Carolina to promote integrative scholarship, place‐based landscape analysis, and community education. Chris has earned a BA in Geology from Oberlin College and a MS in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont, and has served as a natural resource management volunteer with the Peace Corps in Honduras. His current research thrust is focused on the interdisciplinary nexus of socialecological system resilience and adaptive capacity in the urbanizing tropics. In the fall of 2013 he will begin doctoral studies at UPR‐RP, where he will engage with ULTRA researchers to study the provision and distribution of water‐related ecosystem services provided by urban green areas. His project will investigate the biophysical, socio‐economic, and political factors/processes that drive local and landscape‐level patterns of water availability, quality, and their perceived value through time.