Dr. Christine O’Connell is a science communication professional and the Associate Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. Christine is a marine and environmental scientist with an extensive interdisciplinary background in policy, outreach, and communication. Christine works on improving scientific communication to the public and scientific outreach to the community. Her goal is to work towards strengthening the connections between science, society, and policy. Her scientific research focuses on coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP), ecosystem-based management (EBM), waste management, conservation planning, and ecosystem services.