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Caleb O’Brien

IGC FELLOW    |   Global Change Center

Ph.D. Student  •   Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Research Interests: Human dimensions of natural resources, climate change adaptation, science communication

Advisor: Dr. Marc Stern


Caleb O’Brien studies how communities around the United States are responding to climate change.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Caleb served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and Panama, where he worked on beekeeping and sustainable agribusiness projects. He then earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, focusing on science writing and investigative reporting, before he returned to Paraguay on a yearlong reporting fellowship. His work there explored stories at the intersection of society, science and the environment. Between bouts of academic fervor and service stints, Caleb has managed an organic orchard, worked as a freelance journalist, sold outdoor gear, mucked horse stalls, etc.

Now, for his doctoral research, Caleb is working with Dr. Marc Stern  in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) on an Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Research in Service to Practice project that tracks how eight communities across the United State are grappling with the complex challenges of adapting to climate change.

Caleb is deeply interested in the linkages among science, society and the environment and in the ways communication can enhance or corrode those connections. As a participant in the Interfaces of Global Change program, Caleb hopes to explore how collaboration and communication–across disciplines, sectors and belief systems–can contribute to positive change.


In the News

IGCoffeeConvo with Jennifer Russell: Creating a circular economy in the era of COVID-19, written by Caleb O’Brien [GCC Blog July 2020]

Joint fact-finding and collaborative adaptive management: Is there room at the table for science? [GCC Blog May 2020]