CHRISTOPHER R FIELD
SCIENCE AND POLICY
CLIMATE CHANGE | COASTAL SYSTEMS | NATURAL RESOURCES
I’ve worked at the intersection of science and policy for over 15 years as a practitioner, researcher, educator, and policy analyst. Before joining the Legislative Branch, I developed an interdisciplinary research program on the socio-environmental dimensions of sea-level rise for my PhD at University of Connecticut and as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). My work has often centered on a small songbird with outsized policy implications – the Saltmarsh Sparrow – but I’ve led and collaborated on research across a wide range of topics, including climate mitigation, interdisciplinarity, and the development of quantitative tools for decision-making. Before getting my PhD, I coordinated a science-based conservation program for a national non-profit. I’m especially passionate about effective science and policy communication to diverse audiences – especially non-specialists – through writing, speaking, and visualizations. Examples of the some of this work are on the Science communication page.
In addition to my primary research, I worked with Drs. Se Jong Cho and Bianca Lopez to better understand the potential for projects that integrate art and science. In addition to leading symposiums on this topic, we held a workshop at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) that brought together people from social and natural sciences, the humanities, and funding agencies to evaluate the potential for environmental public art to communicate complex topics and inspire behavior change. I'm always interested in discussing challenges and opportunities at the intersect of art and science.