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  • Zara Martinez, MCM’18
    Next we have Zara Martinez, MCM’18, “I grew up in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania.  For my Bachelor’s degree, I attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  I finished with my BS in Biology and Marine Biology.  Throughout undergrad I worked as a genetics laboratory assistant and for the past two years, I worked as a veterinary […]
  • Meghan MacGregor, MCM’18
    Our next MCM’18 profile is on Meghan MacGregor, “I grew up in a small California beach town, where my time spent outdoors and in the ocean inspired a fascination with wildlife and environmental conservation. I went on to pursue a BS in Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz with an emphasis on […]
  • Alexandra Lombard, MCM’18
    Next we have Alexandra Lombard, MCM’18, “I have lived in Columbus, Ohio my entire life and graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Zoology. Working with wildlife, especially in a medical sense, has been my passion for quite some time now. I have worked in a small animal vet hospital and a […]
  • Brianna Laing, MCM’18
    Today’s MCM’18 student profile is on Brianna Laing, “My name is Brianna Laing and I graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Biology.  My concentration at Harvard has encouraged me to have a holistic approach to how biological systems are analyzed and is one of the reasons I was interested in the […]
  • Emily Haines, MCM’18
    Emily Haines, MCM’18, “I graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Classical Studies. I took full advantage of the liberal arts education, however, and also took the pre-requisite courses for veterinary school, as I hope to pursue a DVM after completing the MCM program. I’ve loved animals for my entire life, but I became […]

Chris Whittier

V97, PhD Population Medicine

Chris Whittier V97
Chris Whittier, V97, PhD Population Medicine

Chris Whittier, V97, uses his vast experience and knowledge in the fields of population medicine, veterinary medicine and One Health, to direct the MS in Conservation Medicine program (MCM). In addition to teaching courses, mentoring students, and directing the MCM program, Chris is actively involved in global research and conservation efforts.

While studying abroad in Tanzania during his junior year of college, Dr. Whittier had his first exposure to wild mountain gorillas. Inspired by the efforts of conservationists in the field, he went on to veterinary school with a focus on international medicine. His interest in great apes continued, and he returned to Tanzania as a veterinary student to work with renown primatologist and conservationist, Jane Goodall.

Dr. Whittier went on to earn his DVM and PhD in population medicine, with a focus on the diagnosis and epidemiology of infectious disease in wild gorillas. He has since put his expertise to work as a regional field veterinarian with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project) in Africa, as a contributor to the USAID PREDICT Project, and as director of the MCM program at Cummings School.

Whether he’s teaching courses, mentoring students, conducting research, or flying to the aid of mountain gorillas at a moment’s notice, Dr. Whittier’s work is marked by passion and enthusiasm.