Chris Shields joins the “Science of Science” assessment project with a background in science. His current interests are in how scientists communicate with one another and with the general public. He is also interested in fostering relationships between traditionally distant groups, such as the scientific community and the general public or among researchers in different disciplines. Chris did his undergraduate work in Biology and Marine Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. After that, he worked as a lab technician in Morehead City, NC and then taught high school math and science in Raleigh, NC. Chris earned his Master’s degree from Clemson University in 2009 under Dr. Amy Moran. His research focused on examining the phylogenetic diversity and divergence among nudibranch molluscs from both polar and temperate regions.