Grew up in the Southwest exploring the deserts and mountains of the region -
Activities : Walking my two dogs Bonnie and Nambe, swimming and basketball, lifting weights, hiking, collecting fossils, play viola in Red Rock String Ensemble, gardening
Group activities: Member of the Boards of Directors for: Land of Enchantment Opera, KGLP Radio, Route 66, Intertribal Ceremonial, Gallup-McKinley Days in Santa Fe
Memberships: Rotary, Sunrise Kiwanis
Professional Memberships: Fellow- Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), National Council for Science and the Environment, American Anthropological Association
- Ph.D. Arizona State University, May 1990: Anthropology
- M.A. Arizona State University, December 1986: Anthropology
- M.S. University of Alabama, May 1983: Biology
- B.A. University of Arizona, December 1976: Anthropology
- B.S. University of Arizona , September 1976: Fishery Biology
- Over 25 courses, including: Aquatic Biology, Social Science Research Methods, Social Science Theory, World Fisheries, Human Responses to Coastal Hazards and Disasters, Fisheries Resource Management: Policy and Praxis, Ecological Anthropology, Introduction to Environmental Science, Indians of North America, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Applied Anthropology, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Introductory Spanish & Conversational Spanish, Magic and Religion.
- Author of over 50 articles, books, manuscripts and published reports, editor and author in his field of expertise, some significant publications include:
- 2009 - "From the Phoenix Effect to Punctuated Entropy: The Culture of Response as a Unifying Paradigm of Disaster Mitigation and Recovery." In The Political Economy of Disaster. Monograph Series: Society for Economic Anthropology. Altamira Press.
- 2005 - Dyer, Christopher L. and John J. Poggie. "A Total Capital Approach to Management of Large Marine Ecosystems: Case Studies of Two Natural Resource Disasters," Chapter 5, In Sustaining Large Marine Ecosystems: The Human Dimension, J. Sutinen and T. Hennessey, (eds). Elsevier Press.
- 2004 - Dyer, Christopher L. et al. Post-Marketing Conditions and Response to the 1999-2000 American Lobster Die-Off in Long Island Sound. New York Sea Grant, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Program.
- 2004 - Dyer, Christopher L. Social Impact Assessment of Amendments II/III Regulatory Measures on the Atlantic States American Lobster Fishery. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission NOAA/NMFS. Norfolk, VA.
- 2003 - Dyer, Christopher L. The Fishing Families of Gloucester. Chapter 12 In: Endangered Peoples of North America, Greaves, T. (ed). Routledge Press. Pp. 233-257.
- 2002 - Hal-Arber, Madeline, Christopher Dyer and et al. The Fishing Communities of New England. MIT Sea Grant.01-15. 426 pp.
- 2002 - Dyer, Christopher L. "Punctuated Entropy as Disaster Induced Culture Change: the Case of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill." In Catastrophe and Culture: The Anthropology of Disasters. Oliver-Smith and Hoffman (eds.). Santa Fe, NM/SAR Press. Pp 159-185.
- 2000 - Dyer, Christopher L. "The Phoenix Effect in Post Disaster Assistance: An Evaluation of EDA's Post-Disaster Assistance Program After Hurricane Andrew." In: The Angry Earth: The Anthropology of Disaster,s Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susan Hoffman (eds.) Routledge Press.
- 2000 - Dyer, Christopher L. "The Culture of Response: the Political Ecology of Disaster Assistance and its Impact on the Fishing Communities of Florida and Louisiana after Hurricane Andrew." (with J. R. McGoodwin) In The Angry Earth, Anthony-Oliver Smith and Susanne Hoffman (eds.) Routledge Press.
- 2000 - Dyer, Christopher L., et al. A Framework for Monitoring and Assessing Socioeconomics and Governance of Large Marine Ecosystems, NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-158
- 2012 - President's Silver Volunteer Service Award, an initiative of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation
- 2008 - Elected as Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
- 2005 - Honor of merit award from the Consul General of Guatemala for service to the Guatemalan Community of North Carolina.
- 1998 - Invited Scholar, School of American Research Advanced Seminar; The Anthropology of Disasters
- 1993 - Outstanding International Faculty Member Award - University of South Alabama
- 1992 - Sociological Spectrum Annual Journal Award, for: Dyer, Christopher L. et al. 1992. "Social Disruption and the Valdez Oil Spill: Alaska Natives in a Natural Resource Community." Sociological Spectrum 12(2):105-126
- 1992 - M.O. Beale Scroll of Merit Civic Award, Presented by The Mobile Press Register for development of the Kenya Initiative with Richard Leakey, Director of Kenya Wildlife Service