Chuck was a classically trained plant ecologist and an early explorer in many remote areas of Alaska that years later would become units of the National Park System. He continued to work in Alaska every summer for 30 years, in addition to his work at the Center for Northern Studies in Vermont and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in New Hampshire. He published many scientific papers based on his research, including an article on the response of tundra shrubs to climate change that was published in 2001 in the journal Nature. Chuck and his wife, Marilyn, owned and operated several farms in northern Vermont from 1975 to 2007, where they made maple syrup, grew Christmas trees, kept bee hives and raised large flocks of sheep. In 2007, they retired to North Carolina.
Chuck inspired his family and friends with his love of nature and boundless energy. His natural, easy curiosity about people made him a vivid conversationalist. He was funny, brilliant, irreverent and very caring. He is greatly missed.