Dr Christopher Barton Distinguished Chair
|Home Institution||University of Kentucky|
|Award Name||Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation, Funded by CSIRO|
|Discipline||Restoration Ecology/Environmental Sciences|
Chris is a Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management at the University of Kentucky. He has spent nearly three decades conducting ecosystem restoration research. Chris is also the founder and President of Green Forests Work, a non-profit program dedicated to improving the environment and economy of areas impacted by coal mining. Through this program, over 3 million trees have been planted on mine lands in the Appalachian region of the US.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Chris will work with CSIRO, university scientists, conservation groups and mining companies in Australia to promote reforestation in Queensland and the Hunter Valley. He will also study the impact of these reforestation efforts on climate change mitigation and protection of the Great Barrier Reef.