Cailin Huyck Orr

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Carleton College

In June 2014 I joined SERC as the Assistant Director and I'm excited to be on board.

My background is in Limnology and my previous biophysical research focused on interdisciplinary stream and river dynamics. I spent two years working as a synthesis postdoctoral researcher with the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory in Minneapolis. 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. I continue to work with graduate students at WSU who are interested in nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in streams.

(Huyck is my husband's family name and it's said "hike" like a long walk.) 

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Activities (2)

Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of Cutting Edge: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 activity. It produces a large, visual product students can reflect on.

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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 essence, it is a method for envisioning possible futures for complex systems to understand major drivers of future change.


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 change require integrative approaches to looking at water use and management. This class takes a case study approach to learning about human and ecological needs for water and sustainable water management.


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 ...

Events and Communities

Developing Student Understanding of Complex Systems in the Geosciences Participants

InTeGrate Sustainability Courses Workshop July 2012: Presenter

Cutting Edge 2014 Undergrad Research: Staff