Wesleyan portrait of Suzanne B. O'Connell

Suzanne B. O'Connell

Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Exley Science Center, 431
860-685-2262

Faculty Director, McNair Program

soconnell@wesleyan.edu

BA Oberlin College
MS SUNY at Albany
PHD Columbia University

Suzanne B. O'Connell

Climate change impacts everyone. I study Antarctic paleoclimate using marine sediment cores from IODP (International Ocean Discovery Program). This is to understand how Antarctica has changed in the past, information that will help researchers to understand and model future climate change.

In 2015, OConnell co-edited and co-authored the book "Women in the Geoscience: Practical, Positive, Practices Toward Parity" which echoed themes found in several of her journal articles including: Leaks in the pipeline: "Why Do Women Remain Curiously Absent from the Ranks of Academic?"

At Wesleyan University professor Suzanne OConnell teaches geosciences with a strong emphasis on hands-on-research with undergraduates.  Her goal is to use research to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to consider careers in the geosciences.  Her current research focuses on Antarctic climate change using sediment cores from the Weddell Sea Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Leg 113. Dr. OConnell has authored or co-authored over 60 refereed publications and edited the JOIDES Journal as well as ODP Initial Reports and Scientific Results.  She spent one year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a National Science Foundation (NSF) Visiting Professorship for Women and has received over half a million dollars on grants from the National Science Foundation.

At Wesleyan she is the Faculty Director of the McNair Program and is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Women Geoscientists, Geological Society of America and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Dr. OConnell worked her way through Oberlin College obtaining undergraduate degrees in biology and geology. She earned a master's degree from the State University of New York at Albany in geology, mapping in Newfoundland. In 1986 she completed her PhD on submarine depositional systems from Columbia University.

 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Monday 1:30-2:30 and Friday 9:30-10:30 in my office 431 Exley. Other times by appointment. Email is the best way to contact me.

Courses

Fall 2017
E&ES 260 - 01
Oceans and Climate

E&ES 261 - 01
Techniques in Ocean & Climate

E&ES 400 - 01
Professional Development