ROTARY CLUB #27108 CHARTERED APRIL 15, 1990
Dr. Christopher (Chris) Puttock is a botanist with four decades experience in environmental conservation and habitat restoration. He is particularly concerned with the maintenance of ecosystems to function naturally, sustainably, and in preventing demise of ecological services by human exploitation reaching past the tipping point where nature is not permanently damaged.
Chris has been a Rotarian since 2004, Paul Harris Fellow, President of the Rotary Club of College Park-Maryland (2016-2017), District 7620 Environmental Committee Chair (2010-2014, 2020+), and member of the District Global Grants Committee and District International Service Committee. He has attended every Rotary International Convention since 2010 (Montreal). He is a founding Director of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) and is its current Chair. He is a member of the Rotary Cadre of Technical Advisors.
Since moving to Maryland from Hawai‘i in 2008 Chris has been a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History, and Executive Director and CEO of Chesapeake Natives, Inc., the only local ecotype nursery producing hundreds of species of plants to sustain the native flora and fauna of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and he is the current President of the Maryland Native Plant Society. He has supervised more than 40 environmental grants, including Rotary Global Grants with environmental components.
Chris is a regular speaker at meetings of Rotary Clubs, botanical and native plant societies, master gardeners, master naturalists and garden clubs. He can speak on anything to do with the environment, biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, sustainable food production, environmental resilience, global warming, Rotary’s seven areas of focus, and now in implementing Rotary projects for “the environment”.
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