Dr. Julie Risien has managed operations and programs at the Oregon State University Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning since 2012. Leading research on various projects, Julie also serves as a steering committee member for the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts and Undergraduate Field Experiences Research Network. Julie's background in research planning and administration includes 6 years at OSU with Oregon Sea Grant and the Institute for Natural Resources. She spent many years working for non-profit organizations including Environment Now Foundation and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer on marine conservation issues including state and regional research planning and policy initiatives, citizen-science water quality monitoring and enforcement, marine habitat restoration, marine reserves establishment and monitoring, endangered species conservation and management, and community-based conservation programing in the Pacific Islands. Julie serves as affiliate faculty in the Marine Resource Management program in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. Her PhD. is in Environmental Sciences with a social sciences emphasis. Her dissertation, entitled Boundary Dynamics of a Transformative Learning Network: Improving Connection at the Interface of Science and Society, focuses on systemic approaches to transformation in social-educational and social-ecological systems. Her research interests center on understanding how social systems enable and constrain improved connections between the spheres of science and society.