ECCN Leadership

Lindsey Middleton

University of Wisconsin – Madison

University of Oklahoma


Lindsey is a PhD student in the Life Sciences Communication department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In the past, she has researched coproduction, which is collaboration between researchers and policymakers to create a research agenda, on behalf of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. Her research interests include science engagement, science policy, science education, science dialogue, new media and science, and the linkage of group identity, values, and behaviors with science trust and messages. She has worked as an editor at a water research institute and as a communication specialist at a climate center, and she hopes to bring that experience into her research of science communication issues.

Clay Tucker, Ph.D.

University of Alabama

Vice President

Clay is a postdoctoral tree-ring scientist at the University of Alabama. He graduated with a PhD in Geography at Louisiana State University in May 2020, and his dissertation research explores climate risk to cypress swamps and pine savannas on the Gulf Coast. He was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, and before beginning his doctorate, he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at LSU. As a native Louisianaimal, Clay is passionate about research on the Gulf of Mexico coastline, especially as it pertains to hurricanes, sea level rise, and coastal communities. In his free time he enjoys cooking, fishing, and cycling in the outdoors of the Gulf Coast.

Cait Rottler, Ph.D.

University of Oklahoma & USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub

Editor and Webmaster

Cait is a post-doc researcher with interests in just about everything ecology or climate-related, though her PhD is in Ecology. Though a chronic generalist, one common thread tying together her many varied interests is the relationship between people and ecosystems–whether wilderness, urban, agricultural, or otherwise–especially in the context of a changing climate. She especially values learning about how ecosystems were managed prior to European colonization and hopes to encourage ecosystem science and management to be more inclusive of Tribal and Indigenous expertise and perspectives, though she’s often uncertain how best to do so as an early career scientist. She received her PhD at the University of Wyoming (in Laramie, WY) and a B.S. in Biology at the University of New Mexico (in Albuquerque, NM).

In her free time, Cait enjoys starting crafts (but rarely finishes anything), hanging out at the barn with her dog and her horse, reading, and writing fiction. She has also been singing since she could talk, and anyone who has been around her for very long can attest to her habit of humming and singing along with anything that has a melody, including commercials on the TV. In addition to her horse and dog, she has 4 cats and a ball python, plus an ever-fluctuating number of houseplants. She is a proud Burqueña, and as such holds very decided opinions about the absolute superiority of Hatch green chile to any other green chile, as well as the necessity of luminarias and biscochitos to having a proper Christmas.

Toni Klemm, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University


Toni is a geographer who studies the impacts of climate change on agro-ecosystems in the U.S. Great Plains. He is currently conducting postdoctoral research and leading an interdisciplinary project at Texas A&M University assessing the ecological and socioeconomic vulnerability of grasslands and rangeland cattle production in the U.S. Great Plains to climate variability and change. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oklahoma, where he conducted stakeholder-driven research to develop and test seasonal climate forecasts for crop producers in the south-central United States. Toni grew up on a family farm in Germany and has a professional background in photography and journalism. He hosts the ECCN Podcast, and blogs about science and science communication for ECCN and on his personal website. He and his wife enjoy exercising, cooking, and exploring museums and national parks.

Meaghan Guckian, Ph.D.

Antioch University New England


Meaghan is a behavioral scientist broadly interested in environmental decision-making and behavior. She is currently Core Faculty in the Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, where she teaches courses on climate change communication and education, conservation psychology, environmental decision-making, and research design. She received her B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University, M.S. in Behavior, Education, and Communication from University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, and Ph.D. in Human Dimensions and Environmental Policy from the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Her research broadly explores the factors influencing how people understand and respond to wide-ranging environmental issues, including climate change. Part of Meaghan’s research examines how social motivations and interactions can buttress or inhibit positive engagement in environmentally-relevant behaviors. To explore these and related issues, she uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches. To find some much needed balance, she’s often found experimenting in the kitchen, on a hike, or paddling with her partner and her dog, Barley.