Chistopher "Kit" Howard is the father of Tory Brennan. His aunt is Temperance Brennan. He works at the Loggerhead Island Research Institute as a marine biologist, but when the former director of LIRI experiences an unfortunate incident, he becomes the new director of LIRI and the founder of the Loggerhead Trust. He is also dating Whitney Dubois, a woman that Tory absolutely can't stand. Often times, he is put in a awkward position by Tory and Whitney when an argument between them breaks out.