Chris E. Ostrander

  • Assistant Dean
  • Director of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations

Contact Info

  • Telephone(s):
  • (808) 956-5902 (808) 956-9152
  • Office(s):
  • POST 802

Asst. Dean Ostrander leads school-wide initiatives focused on international development, philanthropy, public relations, communications, government engagement, and applied science.

Chris grew up across the US mainland and studied cultural geography and armed conflict at the United States Military Academy at West Point, political theory at the Johns Hopkins University, and physical oceanography at the University of Hawaii.   He has spent the past decade in the Pacific, conducting environmental research, developing and leading applied science and research programs, and building collaborative enterprises to better understand the environment and its impact on the safety, economy, and health of coastal populations.

He has published and given invited talks covering topics as diverse as public policy, armed conflict, oceanography, and information management.  He currently serves as an Obama Administration appointee to the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Advisory Committee, is Chairman of the Board for the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS), and sits on the Board for both the IOOS Association and the Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System.