Senior Climate Scientist
Union of Concerned Scientists
Astrid Caldas’ work focuses on climate change adaptation and science communication, with practical policy implications for ecosystems, the economy, and society – including equitable and just adaptation and resilience measures. Before joining UCS, Dr. Caldas 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 College Park. She has advised or consulted on projects with organizations including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, and 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. Dr. Caldas holds a Ph.D. in ecology, a Masters in environmental management, and a Masters in entomology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and tweets under the handle @climategeek.