Christine O’Connell

Portrait: Christine O'Connell
Christine O’Connell
Graduate Research Assistant
Global Landscapes Initiative
oconn568@umn.edu
Christine O’Connell is a doctoral student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and a research fellow with the Global Landscapes Initiative. She uses ecosystem ecology to explore the role ecosystem services can play in sustainable tropical forest management. Christine’s dissertation investigates the effects of increased agricultural production on Amazonia’s contribution to global climate, biodiversity and nitrogen cycling, using statistical modeling and fieldwork in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Christine received a B.S. from Stanford University in earth systems with a focus in biology and spent several years teaching high school biology in an urban charter school in Brooklyn, N.Y.