Cailin Huyck Orr

Science Education Resource Center (SERC), School of Engineering

Carleton College

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Huyck is pronounced 'hike' like a long walk.  

As the Associate Director at the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, 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 diverse and sustainable future. 

Currently I am involved in the leadership of EDDIE Earth and Ecosystems, bringing teaching with large, environmental data sets into undergraduate courses, CUREnet 2 focusing on supporting faculty in designing, teaching and sharing new course-based undergraduate research experiences, and Bridging to STEM Excellence (BTSE) which aims to accelerate changes in teaching through forming a consortium of national professional development organizations. Please find more about these project on their websites.

My background is in limnology, particularly lotic systems, and my previous research focused on interdisciplinary stream and river dynamics targeting our understanding of how physical restoration could restore or enhance ecological processes and quantifying the sources and fate of anthropogenic nutrients.

Videos related to my work:
InTeGrate video for the STEM for all Showcase
Alumni Profile for the Carleton CUBES project
Water Sustainability Climate Columbia River project press release

Project Leader, Workshop Leader, Webinar Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Project Leader

About the EDDIE: Earth and Ecosystems Project part of Project EDDIE:About this Project:EDDIE Earth and Ecosystems
Jump to: Project Goals| Research, Evaluation, and Assessment | References | Project Support Project Support Project EDDIE is supported by funding from NSF (Earth and Ecosystems IUSE Award 1821567; Environmental ...

Project EDDIE part of Project EDDIE
EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration) is a suite of education projects composed of STEM disciplinary and educational researchers. We develop flexible classroom teaching modules using large, publicly available, sensor-based datasets to engage students in STEM and improve their quantitative reasoning.

Website Content Contributions

Course Module (1)

Unit 3: The Interconnected Nature of the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, and Biosphere part of Changing Biosphere
Using a systems dynamics approach, students will work in groups to conceptualize and construct a model of the global carbon cycle considering five major Earth systems: atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, ...

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Activities (2)

Review for interdisiplinary science course (stream ecology, watersheds) part of 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 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 and Webinars: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 and Webinars: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 Presentations (10)

Building Interdisciplinary Sustainability Programs part of 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 ...

Other Contributions (4)

Supporting Successful Transitions: Principles for Students of All Ages part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Afternoon Workshops
From academic preparation to identity preparation and a welcoming climate, we will explore ways to encourage and support academic transitions (e.g. High school to college, 2YC to 4YC). Drawing on examples from the ...


Workshop Leader (5 workshops)

Workshop Participant (36 workshops)

Teaching Computation with MATLAB: MATLAB Workshop October 2022
October 2022
2022 IMPACT Workshop
June 2022
Preparing the Next Generation Workshop, August 2021
August 2021

Webinar Participant (4 webinars)