Dr. O’Connell joined the Center in 2016 as a senior researcher. She has previously worked in the College of Forestry at OSU since 2001, first as a Postdoctoral Research Associate studying long-term forest carbon dynamics, next as Director of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest where she coordinated the research and education programs, and now as project coordinator with the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) in Forestry and Natural Resources Extension. She holds a graduate faculty appointment in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Department. As project coordinator for ONREP, she develops and facilitates long-term professional development projects that support Oregon high school and middle school teachers in engaging their students in authentic, science-based field investigations. Dr. O’Connell establishes and maintains partnerships between the ONREP and OSU researchers to provide teachers with connections to current research and to support OSU researchers with broader impacts. Examples of this work include a partnership with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest LTER program and a hummingbird citizen science program developed with Dr. Matt Betts and Dr. Adam Hadley in the Forest Ecosystems and Society Department.