School of the Environment
Washington State University- Pullman
I am an interdisciplinary environmental scientist trained as a limnologist in the sense of limnology as the study of inland waters. My research interests include determining the source and fate of anthropogenic nutrients in aquatic systems, linking physical and ecological processes in watersheds, and the interdisciplinary interactions between humans and aquatic ecosystems. I teach environmental science courses in the School of the Environment at Washington State University including Sustainable Watersheds and Communities, Stream Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology and Nitrogen Cycling. Starting in 2012 I am coordinating a USDA funded Water, Climate Sustainability project titled "Watershed Integrated System Dynamics Modeling (WISDM): Feedbacks among biogeochemical simulations, stakeholder perceptions, and behavior" with the goal of using integrated modeling to show how complex water and climate science can support public policy to improve water conservation and quality in the face of climate change.
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.
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 ...