Dr. O’Connell joined the Oregon State University Center for Research in Lifelong STEM Learning in 2016 as a Senior Researcher. She also holds affiliate faculty appointments in the College of Forestry, the College of Education, and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Program at OSU. She has spent her career at OSU working closely with the Andrews LTER program in multiple capacities, 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 then with a faculty position in Forestry and Natural Resources Extension which focused on professional development for middle and high school teachers.
Kari’s research interests include ecological data literacy of K-12 teachers and students, art-science collaborations, the undergraduate field experience, and collaborative STEM education networks.
Kari has a Ph.D. in Forestry with a minor in soils from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.