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Christine O'Connell


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ecosystem ecology, global change, soils, forest ecology, ecosystem services

Phd, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior , University of Minnesota
BS, Earth Systems, Stanford University

I am a postdoctoral researcher whose work focuses on the impacts of global change on tropical nutrient cycling. I am 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 belowground nutrient cycling. I've 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. I conducted my graduate studies at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, where I was a research fellow with the Global Landscape Initiative at UMN’s Institute on the Environment. I 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.

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