I am a humanitarian scientist working on novel approaches to informing a more sustainable planet. With broad interdisciplinary education in the sciences and humanities, I have a working knowledge of: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, the environmental sciences, conservation biology, ecology, political science, and philosophy.
As a PhD student at Duke University, I am interested in applying remote sensing and Bayesian modeling to community ecology dynamics. Specifically, I intend on studying the effects of climate change on forest mast systems and the subsequent impact on food webs and guilds in the Northeast Deciduous forests of North America.
As a Masters student in Trinity College Dublin's Biodiversity and Conservation Biology program, I worked on many projects, and studied conservation management of disparate ecological systems.
I published a thesis on Azorean biogeography, specifically studying models of biodiversity, and remote sensing applications to island biogeography.
At the National Institutes of Health and Janelia Research Farm, I studied lipid trafficking and mitochondrial metabolism in stressed fibroblast and cancer cell environments, with a goal of understanding the pathways of resource allocation and movement in cellular micro-environments. At The University of Scranton, I investigated gene families associated with reproduction through novel application of the CRISPR/Cas-9 system.
As a humanitarian, I leverage my multi-disciplinary and diplomatic background to develop sustainable educational and employment models for Native American communities through the non-profit Woape Foundation Corporation.
Christopher Kilner wins most prestigious post-graduate fellowship.
Christopher L. Kilner, a triple major at The University of Scranton, is among just 260 students in the nation earning the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which is one of the most coveted honors in science, mathematics and engineering that an undergraduate can achieve.
In 2011, at the age of 17, I was given a gift I can never return; the people of the Pine Ridge Indian reservation gave me a piece of me. This is the story of the Woape Foundation.
It is with great honor and humility that The Woape Foundation announces a partnership to combat poverty on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
First greenhouse built through Woape Foundation partnership, with high yields and returns for both crops and students!