Christopher Makowski, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President / Assistant Director
Dr. Christopher Makowski (Ph.D.) is the Senior Vice President and Assistant Director of the Coastal Education and Research Foundation, Inc. (CERF), and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Coastal Research (JCR). He received B.Sc. (Marine Biology), M.Sc. (Marine Ecosystem Diversity), and Ph.D. (Coastal Geoscience and Remote Sensing of Biogeomorphological Resources) degrees from Florida Atlantic University of Boca Raton, Florida, USA, and has worked for over 25 years in the coastal research community, holding titles of Assistant Director (Coastal Planning & Engineering's Marine Science and Biological Research Department), Principal Marine Scientist (Collier County, Florida, USA), and Senior Advisor (International Coastal Symposium [ICS]).
Dr. Makowski has published numerous peer reviewed papers, authored several chapters, and co-edited and/or contributed to various volumes in Springer's Coastal Research Library (CRL) Series and Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series (EESS). In addition to these accomplishments, he is professionally recognized by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and is certified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT #176466) through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), having logged over 1,000 underwater dives on six different continents. Other professional registrations, certifications, and accreditations include: Journal of Coastal Research (JCR) Editorial Board Member, The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) Member, The Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (FAEP) Chapter Member, American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Registered Diving Safety Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Member, Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) Board of Directors (Trustees), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Certified Marine Mammal and Protected Species Observer, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor, PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Instructor, Emergency First Responder (CPR/FirstAid/AED) Instructor, PADI Specialty Underwater Photographer Instructor, and Divers Alert Network (DAN) Sustaining Member.