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Chris Makowski, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & Assistant Director:CMakowskiCERFPic 2

Coastal Education and Research Foundation, Inc. (CERF)

5130 N.W. 54th Street, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.A., 33073

Deputy Editor-in-Chief:

Journal of Coastal Research (JCR)

Phone: 1 (954) 899-8416

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URL: www.cerf-jcr.org; www.JCRonline.org

Areas of Expertise:

  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Coastal Benthic Ecology
  • Coral Reef Habitat Dynamics
  • Applied Coastal Engineering Techniques
  • Artificial Reef Design and Performance
  • Coastal Habitat Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Coastal Zone Management and Sustainability
  • Remote Sensing of Coastal Habitat Systems

Education and Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. (major: Marine Geosciences), Florida Atlantic University (Summa Cum Laude), 2014

M.Sc. (major: Marine Biology), Florida Atlantic University (Magna Cum Laude), 2004

Professional Registrations and Certifications:

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 & Protected Species Observer, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer, PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor, PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Instructor, Emergency First Responder (CPR/FirstAid/AED) Instructor, PADI Specialty Underwater Photographer Instructor, Divers Alert Network (DAN) Sustaining Member, BoatSafe USA Safe Operation Registered.

Scientific Committees, Advisory Boards, and Session Chairs:

International Advisory Committee; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2016 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia); March 2016.

International Scientific Board; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2016 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia); March 2016.

International Advisory Committee; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2014 (Durban, South Africa); April 2014.

International Scientific Committee; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2014 (Durban, South Africa); April 2014.

Session Chair; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2013 (Plymouth, England, United Kingdom); Oral Presentation Session Chair (Marine and Coastal Ecosystems); April 2013.

International Scientific Committee; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2013 (Plymouth, England, United Kingdom); April 2013.

Session Chair; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2011 (Szczecin, Poland); Oral Presentation Session Chair (Protected Areas: Coastal and Marine); May 2011.

International Scientific Committee; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2011 (Szczecin, Poland); May, 2011.

 

Published Research Articles, Book Chapters, and Book Reviews:

Makowski, C. and Finkl, C.W., 2016. History of Modern Seafloor Mapping. In: Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (eds.), Seafloor Mapping along Continental Shelves: Research and Techniques for Visualizing Benthic Environments. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 13, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-47.

Makowski, C.; Finkl, C.W., and Vollmer, H.M., 2016. Classification of Continental Shelves in Terms of Geospatially Integrated Physiographic Realms and Morphodynamic Zones. Journal of Coastal Research, 32(1), 1-34.

Vollmer, H.M.; Finkl, C.W., and Makowski, C., 2015. Novel Method for Interpreting Submarine Geomorphology from Laser Airborne Depth Sounding (LADS) Bathymetry using Surfer 12 Shaded Relief Maps. Journal of Coastal Research, 31(5), 1268-1274.

Makowski, C., 2015. Off-Trail Adventures in Baja California: Exploring Landscapes and Geology on Gulf Shores and Islands, Johnson, M.E., 2014 (Book Review). Journal of Coastal Research, 31(3), 774.

Makowski, C.; Finkl, C.W., and Vollmer, H.M., 2015. Geospatially Integrated Seafloor Classification Scheme (G-ISCS): A New Method for Cognitively Interpreting Benthic Biogeomorphological Features. Journal of Coastal Research, 31(2), 488-504.

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C., 2015. Autoclassification versus Cognitive Interpretation of Digital Bathymetric Data in Terms of Geomorphological Features for Seafloor Characterization. Journal of Coastal Research, 31(1), 1-16.

Finkl, C.W.; Makowski, C., and Vollmer, H., 2014. Advanced Techniques for Mapping Biophysical Environments on Carbonate Banks Using Laser Airborne Depth Sounding (LADS) and IKONOS Satellite Imagery. In: Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (eds.), Remote Sensing and Modeling: Advances in Coastal and Marine Resources. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 9, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 31-63.

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C., 2013. Perception of Coastal Hazards in Terms of Physical, Biological, and Human-Induced Cascades: An Example from the Southeast Florida Coastal Zone (SFCZ). In: Conley, D.C.; Masselink, G.; Russell, P., and O'Hare, T.J. (eds.), Proceedings of the International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2013 (Plymouth, England). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 65, 708-713.

Makowski, C.; Finkl, C.W., and Rusenko, K., 2013. Suitability of Recycled Glass Cullet as Artificial Dune Fill. Journal of Coastal Research, 29(4), 772-782.

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C., 2013. The Southeast Florida Coastal Zone (SFCZ): A Cascade of Natural, Biological, and Human-Induced Hazards. In: Finkl, C.W. (ed.), Coastal Hazards. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 6, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 3-56.

Makowski, C.; Finkl, C.W., and Rusenko, K., 2011. Using Recycled Glass for Coastal Protection: A Review of Geotechnical, Biological, and Abiotic Analyses. In: Furmanczyk, K.; Giza, A., and Terefenko, P. (eds.), Proceedings of the International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2011 (Szczecin, Poland). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 64, 1362-1366.

Makowski, C. and Keyes, P., 2011. Using the Benthic Ecological Assessment for Marginal Reefs (BEAMR) Method to Quantify Nearshore Reef Conditions in the Southeast Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Coastal Research, 27(3), 428-440.

Finkl, C.W.; Charlier, R., and Makowski, C., 2010. Potential Environmental Impacts from Tapping Electrical Energies in the Straits of Florida. Abstracts and Program Renewable Ocean Energy and the Marine Environment (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 3-5 November), p. 40.

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C., 2010. Increasing Sustainability of Coastal Management by Merging Monitored Marine Environments with Inventoried Shelf Resources. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 67(6), 861-870.

Makowski, C.; Hannes, A.; Prekel, S.E., and Floyd, L., 2009. The Emergence of Nearshore Reef Mitigation as Suitable Marine Habitats. Shore & Beach, 77(3), 4-10.

Makowski, C.; Prekel, S.E.; Lybolt, M.J., and Baron, R.M., 2009. The Benthic Ecological Assessment for Marginal Reefs (BEAMR) Method. Journal of Coastal Research, 25(2), 514-521.

Makowski, C. and Fisher, L., 2008. The Effect of Beach Nourishment on Juvenile Green Turtle Distribution along the Nearshore of Broward County, Florida. The Open Marine Biology Journal, 2, 21-28.

Makowski, C.; Rusenko, K., and Kruempel, C.J, 2008. Abiotic Suitability of Recycled Glass Cullet as an Alternative Sea Turtle Nesting Substrate. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(3), 771-779.

Makowski, C.; Thomson, G.G.; Foye, P., and Higgins, S., 2007. Broward County Beach Demonstration Project: From Beers to Beaches. In: Kraus, N.C. and Rosati, J.D. (eds.), Proceedings from the Sixth International Symposium On Coastal Engineering And Science Of Coastal Sediment Processes (Coastal Sediments '07, New Orleans, Louisiana, 13-17 May), pp. 2265-2278.

Makowski, C. and Rusenko, K., 2007. Suitability of Glass Cullet as an Alternative Beach Fill Material: Results of Biological and Chemical Analyses. Journal of Coastal Research, 23(3), 545-552.

Makowski, C.; Fisher, L., and Kruempel, C.J., 2006. Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas L.) Population Estimate for the Nearshore Reefs of Broward County: A Summary after Three Years of Pre-construction Monitoring. Shore & Beach, 74(2), 26-28.

Makowski, C.; Seminoff, J., and Salmon, M., 2006. Home Range and Habitat Use of Juvenile Atlantic Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas L.) on Shallow Reef Habitats in Palm Beach, Florida. Marine Biology, 148, 1167-1179.

Makowski, C.; Salmon, M., and Slattery, R., 2005. 'Shark Fishing': A New Technique to Estimate the Abundance and Distribution of Juvenile Green Turtles. Herpetological Review, 36(1), 36-38.

 

Contributions to the Coastal Research Library (CRL):

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (eds.), 2016. Seafloor Mapping along Continental Shelves: Research and Techniques for Visualizing Benthic Environments. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 13, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer International Publishing.

Makowski, C. and Finkl, C.W., 2016. History of Modern Seafloor Mapping. In: Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (eds.), Seafloor Mapping along Continental Shelves: Research and Techniques for Visualizing Benthic Environments. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 13, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-47.

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (eds.), 2014. Remote Sensing and Modeling: Advances in Coastal and Marine Resources. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 9, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 502p.

Finkl, C.W.; Makowski, C., and Vollmer, H., 2014. Advanced Techniques for Mapping Biophysical Environments on Carbonate Banks Using Laser Airborne Depth Sounding (LADS) and IKONOS Satellite Imagery. In: Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (eds.), Remote Sensing and Modeling: Advances in Coastal and Marine Resources. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 9, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 31-63.

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C. (eds.), 2014. Environmental Management and Governance: Advances in Coastal and Marine Resources. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 8, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 472p.

Finkl, C.W. and Makowski, C., 2013. The Southeast Florida Coastal Zone (SFCZ): A Cascade of Natural, Biological, and Human-Induced Hazards. In: Finkl, C.W. (ed.), Coastal Hazards. Coastal Research Library (CRL), Volume 6, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 3-56.

 

Published Photographs:

Makowski, C., 2015. Cocohatchee River Estuary, Collier County, Florida, U.S.A.: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 31(5).

Makowski, C., 2014. Diaz Beach, Cape Point, South Africa: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 30(4).

Makowski, C., 2014. Construction debris used to build an artificial reef offshore southeast Florida, USA. This man-made reef structure was constructed by placing steel rails and circular concrete culverts within a specific zoned area on a sandy seafloor landward of the Florida Reef Tract. Over time, marine organisms, such as sponges and scleractinian coral colonies, utilized the artificial reef substrates to adhere and grow, just as they would on natural reefs. Colonization along the steel rail transecting the photo center shows a wide range of biological marine life upon its surface. Reef Coasts, In: Harff, J.; Meschede, M.; Petersen, S., and Thiede, J. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 1000p.

Makowski, C., 2013. A lionfish (Pterois volitans) swimming over the Florida Reef Tract in Palm Beach County, Florida. In: Finkl, C.W. (ed.), Coastal Hazards. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 47.

Makowski, C., 2013. An Atlantic southern stingray (Dasyatis americana) emerging from its sandy burrow along the sea bottom in Palm Beach County, Florida. In: Finkl, C.W. (ed.), Coastal Hazards. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 44.

Makowski, C., 2011. School of Atlantic Spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) along a southeast Florida Atlantic coast reef tract: Coastal Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 27(5), pp. 1002.

Makowski, C., 2010. Turtle Arches Reef, Maui, Hawaii, USA: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 26(3).

Makowski, C., 2010. Molokini Crater Reef, Maui, Hawaii, USA: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 26(1).

Makowski, C., 2010. Puerto Rico Sunset: ASBPA Photo Contest Winner. Shore & Beach, 78(1).

Makowski, C., 2009. Sea Of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 25(2).

Makowski, C., 2008. Nearshore Reef Ledge, Broward County, Florida, USA: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(5).

Makowski, C., 2008. Sunset Reef, Grand Cayman, B.W.I.: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(4C).

Makowski, C., 2008. Boca Reef Ledge, Florida, USA: Journal Cover Photograph. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(2B).

 

Awards, Presentations, and Exhibits:

Awarded the 2010 Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Provost Fellowship for outstanding research in the coastal geosciences.

Awarded the 2002 Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Courtenay Graduate Scholarship for outstanding research in the field of conservation biology.

Awarded 1st Place in the category of conservation research at the 22nd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology (Miami, Florida), April 2002.

 

Speaker; Perception of Coastal Hazards in Terms of Physical, Biological, and Human-Induced Cascades: An Example from the Southeast Florida Coastal Zone (SFCZ); International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2013 (Plymouth, England, United Kingdom); May 2013.

Speaker; Using Recycled Glass For Coastal Protection: A Review of Geotechnical, Biological, and Abiotic Analyses; International Coastal Symposium (ICS) 2011 (Szczecin, Poland); May 2011.

Co-Speaker; The Emergence of Nearshore Reef Mitigation As Suitable Marine Habitats; 22nd Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology (St. Petersburg, Florida); February 2009.

Co-Exhibitor; The Glass Experience: A Glimpse Into the Paradigm Shifts Caused By Glass and the Innovators Who Use It; Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, Illinois); March – September 2008.

Co-Speaker; Does Beach Nourishment Affect the Distribution of Sea Turtles: The Second Post-Construction Assessment of Juvenile Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) on the Nearshore Reefs of Broward County, Fl.; 21st Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology (Sarasota, Florida); January 2008.

Speaker; The Second Post-Construction Assessment of Juvenile Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) on the Nearshore Reefs of Broward County, Fl.; 28th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology (Loreto, Baja California, Mexico); January 2008.

Speaker; Broward County Beach Demonstration Project: From Beers To Beaches; American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA); Galveston, Texas; October 2007.

Speaker; Broward County Beach Demonstration Project: From Beers To Beaches; Proceedings from the Sixth International Symposium On Coastal Engineering And Science Of Coastal Sediment Processes (Coastal Sediments '07, New Orleans, Louisiana); May 2007.

Poster Presentation; Abiotic Suitability of Recycled Glass Cullet as an Alternative Sea Turtle Nesting Substrate; 27th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina); February 2007.

Speaker; CPE Investigates the Unknown Resources of Collier County's Nearshore Reefs; 49th Annual Meeting of the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA); Ocean Reef, Florida; September 2005.

Co-Speaker; Broward County Demonstration Project: Biological Analysis of Recycled Glass Cullet; 49th Annual Meeting of the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association (FSBPA); Ocean Reef, Florida; September 2005.

Speaker; 'Turtle Tows': Monitoring Protocol for Assessing In-Water Effects of Beach Construction on Sea Turtle Populations Along Nearshore Reef Habitats; 18th Annual National Conference on Beach Preservation Technology (Destin, Florida); February 2005.

Poster Presentation; The GTD: Creating The First GIS Turtle Database for Juvenile Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas L.) in Broward County, Florida; 25th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology (Savannah, Georgia); January 2005.

Speaker; Collier County: Creating a Vast New Database of Hardbottom Characterizations; Headwaters To Oceans (H2O) Conference (Long Beach, CA); October 2004.

Speaker; Collier County: Pipeline Corridor Benthic Characterization Results; Presented to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP); Tallahassee, Florida; May 2004.

Speaker; Home Range and Movements of Juvenile Atlantic Green Turtles on Shallow Reef Habitats; 24th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology (San Jose, Costa Rica); February 2004.

Speaker; Shark Fishing: A New Technique to Estimate the Abundance and Distribution of Juvenile Green Turtles; 22nd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology (Miami, Florida), April 2002. (This presentation was awarded first place in the category of conservation research.)

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