Chris Hernandez

biologist and Comedy Writer in Charleston, South Carolina

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When I was a teenager, I made a conscious decision to spend my life finding ways to make the world a happier place. My goal in life was to do things that would make other people happy. So that's where I am today.

I work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service on coastal restoration, land protection, and surveying endangered and rare animal and plant species. My primary focus is on empowering private landowners with the knowledge and resources to manage their land for optimal wildlife use. I have worked with local land trusts to put over 10,000 acres of undeveloped land in conservation easement in the last three years. I have a particular interest in invertebrates and run a program that constructs oyster reefs to improve habitat for fish and prevent saltmarsh loss.

I have been actively engaged in performing arts for the last four years. I have tinkered with a wide variety of fields, including: keyboard in an 80s cover band for over 500 people, singing with a church choir, playing classical piano in a historic church in downtown Charleston, and acting in various comedic plays. My latest acting venture is with the Black Hat Trilogy (see below), a unique show based in Summerville, SC that blends standup, sketch, and improv comedy.

  • Work
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service