Cailin Huyck Orr

Science Education Resource Center (SERC)

Carleton College

 (Cailin's profile at SERC)

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.) 

Workshop Leader and Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

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, ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
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Activities (3)

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 ...

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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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 ...

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, ...

InTeGrate Developed This material was developed and reviewed through the InTeGrate curricular materials development process.
Learn more about this review process.

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 (5)

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 ...

Using Design Patterns as a Strategy for Capturing Generalizable Knowledge from Educational Interventions part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
A design pattern is a reusable solution to a problem that recurs repeatedly as people try to navigate through life. The concept began in architecture and has spread to many other fields. We think that the design ...

Lessons from the InTeGrate Implementation Teams: Synthesizing Real-World Experience part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday B
The InTeGrate project supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curriculum. The work of InTeGrate has included supporting 16 ...

For Higher Ed portal to Resources Supporting Change from Individual to Program scales part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
Making and supporting changes in higher education at multiple scales presents challenges that are shared broadly by individuals and programs across institution types. It is important that we, as agents of change, ...

Models of program – scale change: Common elements in the implementation of the InTeGrate design philosophy and teaching materials part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Wednesday A
Solving the Earth-related grand challenges facing society and building a sustainable future requires both an Earth literate public and a workforce that can bring geoscience to bear on tough societal issues. ...

Other Contributions (3)

Working with your Colleagues to Effect Change part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Afternoon Mini Workshops
To institute InTeGrate principles at scales larger than a course, 16 institutional or cross-institutional teams across the country embarked on implementation efforts to use InTeGrate materials and approaches to ...

Sustainability and the Environment part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Poster Sessions
See Related Oral Session w/ discussion @ 3:30pm, Friday

Sustainability and the Environment part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Oral Sessions
See Related Poster Session