Christopher Churchill, Ph.D.

Christopher is the TXWSC Ecology Studies Chief and is a discipline expert and senior-level technical advisor and reviewer for ecological, biological, and water-quality programs and studies, technical products, and reports


As a project manager and team lead, Christopher is responsible for planning, designing, organizing, implementing, directing, and managing all aspects of multidisciplinary programs including managing budget/expenditures, contracting, solving technical issues, supervising staff, implementing guidance, managing databases, and presenting/publishing in-depth technical reports with results, interpretation, and conclusions.



  • Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program for Texas; 2010 to present: Design and execute state-wide program for population/reproduction ecology and life-history study of invasive zebra and quagga mussels and associated water quality.
    • Ensure compliance with state and national policies, laws, and regulations regarding research
  • Cyanotoxins Methods Assessment Project; 2015 to present: Design and implement state-wide field and laboratory methods assessment study for cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins, taste-and-odor compounds, and associated water quality with identification of land-use practices.
  • Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Study; 2009 to present: Implement and report interpretive assessment of data set for five-year study on pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and compounds of emerging concern in the Trinity River Basin, Texas
  • Nutrients Modeling Studies; 2015 to present: Design and execute holistic nutrients studies in north Texas reservoirs to assist funding cooperator in modeling point- and non-point nutrient loadings.



2013 Ph.D. Environmental Science; University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Dissertation: “Population dynamics of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in a
north Texas reservoir: implications for invasions in the southern United States”
GPA: 4.0

2007 M.S. Molecular Biology; Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

Thesis: “Generation of a venom gland cDNA bank and identification of a novel gene
from the diamondback water snake Nerodia rhombifera rhombifera”
GPA: 4.0

1998 B.S. Biology; Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

Chemistry minor


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