Christopher Brown received a B.S. (1982) in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in Oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island. After his doctorate, he held a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a National Research Council Resident Research Associate. Chris joined NESDIS in November 1995. He is currently a member of the Satellite Climate Studies Branch and a Visiting Associate Research Scientist with the Cooperative Institute of Climate and Satellites and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. An oceanographer, he uses remote sensing to address and understand biological patterns and their biogeochemical consequences in the global ocean. His primary research interest includes the remote detection, characterization and prediction of marine organisms. His current activities include ecological forecasting in Chesapeake Bay and documenting the variability of phytoplankton biomass and productivity in the global ocean.