Christine Engels


Christine Archer Engels is a conservation biologist who began her career at the Smithsonian’s Department of Zoological Research studying behavior and vocalizations of golden lion tamarins. Christine went on to work at the World Wildlife Fund assisting environmental educators to support behavior change for protecting the environment in Brazil and throughout Latin America.  These experiences led her to believe that encouraging human behavior change is the key to protecting nature. She continued this pursuit at the University of Florida, conducting an evaluation of the environmental education program of the Golden Lion Tamarin Association, and received a Masters of Arts from the Tropical Conservation and Development program of the University of Florida’s Latin American Studies.  After her masters, Christine began to work at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York where she and her colleagues created educational resources for Bahamian teachers highlighting local marine species. She also led the evaluation of the Network for Conservation Biologists program, a project that provides applied teaching resources to college professors. Christine returned to Gainesville and there she worked for the University of Florida in two roles, first as the coordinator for the Florida Climate Institute and later as a contributing evaluator for the Climate Change to Climate Variability Extension program. Later in her career, she took a hiatus from the academic work and began helping with science teaching at a local elementary/middle school. She is excited to be back at work to protect the tamarins and their habitat by helping to create environmental education activities for zoos and school educators, developing fundraising campaigns and sharing information through social media outlets.  She and her husband John live in Gainesville, FL, where they raise their two children Beatriz and Luke and enjoy their two dogs and a cat.