Associate Director at the Alan Alda
Center for Communicating Science
Dr. Christine O’Connell is Associate Director at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. As a scientist with an extensive interdisciplinary background in outreach and communication, she brings a unique perspective to the Alda Center. She received her Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, and her B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.
Christine has organized collaborations across academia, government, and the community – including an initiative between the humanities and sciences at Stony Brook called The Coastlines Initiative. She has taught environmental communication and conservation classes at several universities, and now co-teaches JRN 501 Distilling Your Message for the Alda Center. She was also part of the original group of graduate student scientists trained by Alan Alda in improvisation back in 2009, and worked part-time as the 2013 Flame Challenge Organizer
Prior to her time at Stony Brook, Christine worked in the fields of environmental advocacy, community organizing, and public policy. She has been involved with organizing national environmental and political campaigns, and teaching community groups in New York City how to refine their message to talk to politicians, raise money, and organize their communities.
She is experienced in messaging, government relations, coalition building, lobbying, campaign planning, social marketing, coaching, and facilitation. Her scientific research involves the connections between science and society, with a focus on marine spatial planning, ecosystem-based management, waste management, conservation planning, and ecosystem services.