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Christian Geissler

Marine Biologist

Christian was born and raised on the west coast of Canada. As a child he has always had a passion for the ocean and the amazing animals within it. He has spent most of his life working on the ocean as a biologist, skipper, environmental consultant and/or adventure guide. He currently lives in Victoria on Vancouver Island, which is also where he received his degree in Marine Biology while minoring in Environmental Science in 2002. This past year he also completed an Environmental Technology diploma. Through his experience as a marine adventure guide Christian has collected certification including Marine Emergency Duties A1/A2, Restricted Operator's-Marine Commercial, Marine First Aid and CPR, Occupational First Aid (Level 3) and GPS Field Operator Training Certification.

Christian has been working with Quark since 2004 in the Antarctic as a guide and lecturer of marine biology. He has completed over 50 trips to the Antarctic Continent, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland, the Canadian Arctic and the North Pole during that time. When not with Quark, he acts as a guide on Vancouver Island where he works with the Southern Vancouver Island resident population of killer whales. During the past 12 years, a very select few people have spent more time with this population of orcas than Christian. He has a passion for these animals that is incomparable with anything else in his life.

In the past 3 years, Christian has also been working part time for an environmental research and consulting firm. More recently this has taken him to the Arctic region of Alaska as a research scientist for an aerial-based population and distribution study of marine mammals in Arctic waters, with the study largely focusing on the movement patterns of endangered bowhead whales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. This was a sub-contract for Shell International Exploration and Production Co., with the primary goal of monitoring for marine mammals and mitigating their exposure to seismic impulses in the area of offshore seismic exploration for oil and gas. Last summer Christian, as an independently contracted biologist, was responsible for conducting aerial surveys focusing on caribou and musk ox migration. These surveys were carried out in Baker Lake, Nunavut.