Christopher Carlson is the Assistant Director for Water and Aquatic Resources for the USDA Forest Service in the National Headquarters. He has been with the Agency since 2005 and has served in a number of roles focused on resource stewardship, including National Groundwater Program Leader, Acting Assistant Director of Minerals and Geology Management, Acting Forest Service Liaison to the EPA Office of Water, Acting Deputy Director of Ecosystem Management Coordination, and Acting Mitigation Coordinator. Chris has also served as a Legislative Fellow and Acting Legislative Assistant in the Office of US Senator Tim Johnson (SD). Prior to joining federal service, Chris worked for nearly 15 years as a senior hydrogeologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where he focused primarily on waste management and hardrock mining. He has also worked as a researcher for the Indiana Geological Survey and the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chris holds a bachelors in physics from Carleton College in Minnesota and a masters in Environmental Science, a masters in Geology, and a doctorate in Geological Sciences from Indiana University.