Christian comes from the hills of East Tennessee where he fostered his love for the outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. He is a current graduate student at the University of Montana in the Environmental Philosophy program and just recently finished a Graduate Certificate in International Development Studies. Christian is interested in the human dimensions of environmental movements, particularly climate change, and cultural shifts in identity and resiliency in the wake of the climate crisis. These stem from Christian’s curiosity where one’s interpersonal relationship with the natural world comes from, and how experiential education can shape this. This curiosity was exemplified in his time spent abroad, where he spent a semester in Nepal as well as studying at the University of Havana, Cuba. Christian also researched religious conflict on the India and Pakistan border and spent many subsequent months backpacking through Asia. He is also interested in the moral dimensions of climate change. Christian likes to split his free time between recreating and reading, sometimes doing both simultaneously.