Dr. Megan O’Rourke

School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Megan O’Rourke is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Food Production Systems. She examines the value of biodiversity in agriculture and the environmental impacts of different food systems.  Specific research topics include links between agriculture and climate change, ecological pest management, genetically modified crops, the emerging local food movement, and agricultural policy impacts.
Dr. O’Rourke has extensive international and policy experience working with the Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service as the organization’s climate change advisor. More recently O’Rourke studied farming systems and deforestation in Cambodia where she worked for the United States Agency for International Development as their senior climate change advisor under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow.