Christine Sierra O’Connell

Christine is a postdoctoral researcher whose work focuses on the impacts of global change on tropical nutrient cycling.  She is currently investigating the drivers of soil greenhouse gas emissions in a Puerto Rican wet tropical forest and asking questions about the impacts of climate change on below ground nutrient cycling.  Christine has previously done research on the impacts of agricultural production on Amazonian landscapes, using a combination of statistical modeling and field work in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Christine conducted her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, where she was a research fellow with the Global Landscape Initiative at UMN’s Institute on the Environment.  She received a B.S. from Stanford University in Earth Systems with a focus in Biology and, prior to returning to graduate school, spent several years teaching high school biology in an urban charter school in Brooklyn, N.Y. as a Teach For America corps member.  In her spare time, she likes to do things outside like hike, ride bicycles, or eat ice cream.

Links:

Research site
My field blog

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