My research addresses coastal ecology and conservation in the face of climate change, often using tidal marsh ecosystems as a case study. I'm increasingly taking a multi-disciplinary approach to research in order to better understand socio-environmental systems and address the complexity of real-world environmental problems. I'm interested in collaborations with scientists in fields such as social psychology, environmental economics, decision analysis, and policy. In addition to research, I previously worked as a conservation practitioner at a national non-profit. My experiences working on the front lines of conservation have steered my research approach toward generating knowledge that can inform ongoing conservation and sustainability efforts. 


Uniting all of my past and present research projects is a general interest in better understanding and evaluating the quantitative methods we use to make inferences about ecological patterns and processes. I'm especially interested in computational and Bayesian methods; I'll be posting the code from some of my projects on this site. If you have any questions, contact christopher.field@uconn.edu.


My research is currently focused around three overarching questions. Click on the pictures below to learn more about my current research projects.

In addition to my primary research interests (above), I have been developing research with Drs. Bianca Lopez and Se Jong Cho to better understand the intersection of art and science. In addition to leading symposiums on this topic, we were recently funded to hold a workshop at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) that will bring together people from social and natural sciences, the humanities, and funding agencies to work on an evaluation of the potential for environmentally-focused public art to change behaviors and ultimately lead to environmental change. To learn more about this project, click the picture below.