Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kid! of the Month – Christopher Lindsay – June 2017

By Victoria Feng, Assistant Editor and AKOM Editor


Quote of the Month

“Be a fearless explorer, and you will find the time and resources needed to discover incredible things, many of which may be beyond your wildest dreams.”
– Christopher Lindsay, 18-year-old Davidson Laureate

June Amazing Kid! of the Month

With summer break in full swing, it’s a great time to enjoy long days outside (while they last!). It can always be a great time to explore your passions as your days aren’t filled with eight-hour blocks of school. If you’ve ever thought about creating your own business or learning a new instrument, it’s a great time to start focusing on your passions. After all, it’s better now than never!

Christopher Lindsay has not just one passion—but many. While exploring the sea, he dipped his toes in theater. Additionally, he is involved in many other forms of music, notably jazz. In all he does, though, Christopher excels. His scientific work brought him onto an NOAA research vessel and landed him the Davidson Fellows award. As for theater, he made a debut recently. He also has a black belt in karate and is a bowling champion.

Discovering Our Own Planet First

While many programs and organizations are focusing on other planets, like Mars or perhaps the moon, there is a lot of our planet that we don’t know about yet. Christopher Lindsay points out that about 95 percent of the ocean hasn’t been discovered yet. So, he set out to solve a part of this mystery—with help from his technology and dog.

But Christopher has had a lot of extraterrestrial accomplishments, too: When he was 13, he helped discover the exoplanet CoRoT 29b. This discovery was published in an issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Macademia Nut CoRoT 29b “Mac,” his dog, was named after Christopher’s favorite nut and the exoplanet he discovered.

Growing up in Hawaii gave Christopher an opportunity to study all the ocean around him as Hawaii is an island and completely surrounded by water. Realizing we know more about Mars than the ocean, he was inspired to discover better ways to explore the ocean. Christopher believes this will helps us when we are finding new planets and searching for life there.

A Beautiful World Deep Down

However, there are many reasons why scientists don’t know a lot about the ocean; there

are many difficulties. Christopher explains that ocean research is subject to extreme pressure, darkness, extreme temperature, expense, and the risk that something could fail and put people’s lives at risk. After all, we don’t know much about the ocean, and some things that might go wrong still remain a mystery. For example, Christopher says that once his mentor’s cable was gnawed by a shark during a project.

With Mac in tow, Christopher headed to the ocean. He used camera arrays in his research. Christopher explains, “Camera arrays are multiple cameras mounted on various frames and focused on a target in order to get a 360-degree view of a site.” Camera arrays are useful in getting the whole picture but are not without their own challenges. However, the benefits seem to outweigh the drawbacks at least with Christopher’s example of the triggerfish. With just one camera, it would only show the male triggerfish, but in reality, the female was also there guarding the nest. The camera arrays were able to catch all that was happening.

His work developing a better oceanic research method landed him as one of the Davidson Fellows $50,000 recipients. Mac was also named an American Kennel Club celebrity for helping Christopher. Despite all this, Christopher remains humble on his achievements and advises our readers to do the same.

Not only is Christopher interested in advancing scientific research; he is on a mission to preserve and protect marine life.

A Bright Future Ahead

With the Residents Honors Program of the University of Southern California, Christopher is skipping his senior year of high school and directly going to college. Not only does he plan on double majoring; he is considering a minor in Jazz Studies. While he’ll miss some certain aspects of being a senior, Christopher believes the experience is worth it. And on top of that, he already has his tuition, room, board, etc. covered.

In addition to his scientific research and music, Christopher is also great at writing. He says he has a “knack” for winning essay contests, whose prizes usually involve a free trip to an exotic location. On his free time, he enjoys catching Pokemon, spending time with friends, and eating sushi and ramen.

Christopher has a sister, Melody, who was also a Davidson Laureate for harp seven years ago. He credits her to setting the standards high in their family and motivating him to do his best.

With so many great achievements at only 18 years old, we know that Christopher will do many great things. Who knows where his next discovery might take him? But it isn’t just Christopher that has the ability to change the world. You, too, can follow your passions and achieve your goals, helping the world.

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