Chris’s current entomological research examines behavioral responses of dragonflies to disturbances. Her projects include studies on dragonfly swarming behaviors and dragonfly responses to changes in weather. Both are citizen science projects and the latter engages children in the research at over 20 sites across North Carolina.
Her graduate research focused on the intersections of respiratory and parental care behaviors in the giant water bugs (Belostomatidae). She conducted research examining how the behaviors of the male parent contributes to the specific air-water balance necessary for embryonic survival as well as how the adults meet their own respiratory needs.
During graduate school, Chris also conducted research on water quality as part of a research team. Their work was important to a variety of stakeholders including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Tucson, and the National Park Service. Her work within the team primarily focused on using aquatic insects as indicators of environmental health and water quality at sites across Arizona.
Chris’s undergraduate research examined how weather influenced damselfly flight activity in a Colorado wetland.