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Austin, TX 78712

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MIKE O'CONNOR

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WATER RULES THE WORLD.

Mike O'Connor, Ph.D.

2019-2020 GSA/USGS Congressional Fellow

I integrate cutting-edge environmental science with the policies necessary to thrive in a changing world.

MY DISSERTATION, IN ONE MINUTE

Diffusing the Arctic Carbon Bomb

Arctic tundra holds about half of the soil carbon on Earth. As it thaws, that carbon can be released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, making global warming much worse. It's our job to figure out how bad it can get, so we can prepare for the future.

MY OUTREACH, IN ONE MINUTE

Connecting water science and water policy.

Water is life.  It can also lead to pretty ugly legislative fights.  I have worked at the local, state, and federal levels to help policymakers understand the science behind the legislation they pass.

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS

Conferences, Classes, Collaborative Meetings, and Everything Else!

AGU Fall Meeting 2018

December 13, 2018
Washington, DC

The organic mat of peat layers is at most 30 cm...but it is the most important 30 cm min the entire world.  Come to my presentation on Thursday to see why!

Moderated "An Evening on Texas Water"

April 27, 2018
Scottish Rite Theater, Austin, TX

A beautiful evening connecting film, music, and science in Texas' oldest theater.  I was a co-producer and had the opportunity to model the panel discussion with industry and public leaders in Texas Water Policy.

Produced and Led "Science as a Policy Priority", Feat. Michael Mann

February 2018

G'Raj Mahal, Austin, TX

I organized an event during the AAAS Annual Conference in Austin where I joined eminent climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann with Joseph Kopser, a congressional candidate in Texas House District 21, to talk about the urgency regarding placing science at the forefront of legislative policy.

TEACHING

Awarded the 2016 Jackson School Outstanding TA Award

The biggest reason why I do what I do today is because I had excellent teachers show me how to do it for many years.  I hope to pay that forward in the teaching that I do.  Teaching at every level is fun, but my favorite course to teach is at the Intro Level--the excitement is palpable, and that is certainly contagious.  Visit my Teaching page to learn more about the courses I've taught and helped with at The University of Texas at Austin.

THEATER AND MUSIC

Using Art for Science

I was a musician and a performer long before I scienced my first science.  I use those skills to this day to help engage audiences that otherwise wouldn't hear or care about the science that we do.  Also, it's really fun.

GET IN TOUCH

If you're interested in learning more about what I do, or are just looking to chat, please shoot me a message or a call!

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