Astrid Caldas

Scientific Review Committee Member

Dr. Astrid Caldas is a senior climate scientist with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Astrid does research on climate change adaptation and resilience with practical policy implications for ecosystems, the economy, and society. Her work also focuses on science communication, environmental justice, and equitable climate-related policies. Before joining UCS, Astrid was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a climate change and wildlife science fellow at the nonprofit conservation group Defenders of Wildlife; and a research scientist at the University of Maryland. Astrid has a lifelong passion for butterflies and moths, which she has studied for many years and likes to use as models to raise awareness of climate and land use changes. She holds a PhD in ecology from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. In addition to a MS in entomology from the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil, she earned an MS in environmental management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Astrid served as a member of SESYNC’s Scientific Review Committee.

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2012 - 2018
Areas of Expertise
climate science
climate impacts
climate adaptation
climate policy
Research Interests
climate change
sea level rise
extreme heat
extreme precipitation
Methods of Expertise
qualitative analysis

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