Kris Barnes pursued his undergraduate education at Hampden-Sydney College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. After graduation he moved to Washington, DC to work in consulting. He continued to work in consulting for two
years before deciding to make a career change and pursue his passion for the environment. He continued his education and received a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. This is also when Kris began his career with the National Park Service (NPS). He got his start as a Student Conservation Association intern with the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP). From there he accepted a position with GWMP as a biological science
technician and upon graduation from Johns Hopkins University he was offered a full time position as the geographic information system specialist for the park. After 5 years with GWMP, Kris joined the Biological Resources Division under the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate as the Program Lead for the Biodiversity Discovery Program. This program focused on helping parks plan natural resource citizen science efforts and analyzed the data of existing citizen science projects to help inform management decisions. He is currently back in school doing a degree in applied economics/software development and will be joining a new division of the National Park Service, the Business Management Group. He is passionate about environmental data analysis, environmental policy, and civic engagement.