Cailin Huyck Orr

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

Carleton College

I am the Assistant Director at SERC where I am involved development and management of research, outreach and professional development projects to improve undergraduate STEM education and support for faculty members who teach in STEM and allied fields. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, faculty networks, programmatic change and working towards a sustainable future. 

Currently I am involved in the leadership of the NSF STEP Center InTeGrate working with inter-institutional faculty teams who are developing diverse models of ways to bring geoscience to a diverse range of disciplines, institutions, and networks, as well as provide the documentation and resources necessary to help other groups implement similar programs at other institutions.

My background is in Limnology and my previous research focused on interdisciplinary stream and river dynamics targeting our understanding of how physical restoration could restore ecological processes. Before joining SERC I was a faculty member in the School of the Environment at Washington State University working with collaborators in geosciences, engineering, economics, and communications on both stream ecology and also water sustainability and climate projects. In 2013-14 I led an NSF/USDA Water Sustainability Climate project focused on improving understanding of, and planning for changes in water quality, quantity, timing in the Columbia River basin. I continue to work with graduate students at WSU who are interested in nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in streams.

(Huyck is pronounced "hike" like a long walk.) 

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Website Content Contributions

Activities (2)

Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a large-scale participatory activity used to prompt students to review what they have learned and to think actively and cooperatively about the connections between the systems we have discussed prior to the ...

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Scenario building to understand complex systems part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Scenario building is a method of understanding and planning for outcomes of an uncertain future. It was initially developed by oil companies and was further developed during the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. In ...

Course (1)

Sustainable Watersheds and Communities part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
Water and land use are explicitly linked through a complex set of challenges surrounding water quantity and quality. In the world today, water scarcities due to economic growth, ecosystem demands, and climate ...

Essay (1)

Demonstrating why sustainability is complex part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Cailin Huyck Orr, School of the Environment, Washington State University - Pullman Promoting sustainability is complicated and I am not convinced that we always understand how to do it well. This makes teaching ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Building Interdisciplinary Sustainability Programs part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Understanding issues related to environmental problem-solving and sustainability requires background in natural systems and social systems as well as integrating information from diverse sources. Many students are ...


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