Margaret Orr

Margaret Orr

Margaret Orr

Graduate Lecturer

Climate Change Communication, Misinformation, Conflicting Information, Action Thresholds

Margaret Orr is from Swarthmore, PA. Her lifelong passions of reading, words, writing, and science led her to her current post as a PhD student in the GMU Department of Communication, where she focuses on climate change communication and is involved with the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). Currently, Margaret teaches COMM101 in the department. She has also taught the Intro to Physical Geography Lab at the University of Georgia, and served as an assistant in Geographic Data Analysis (Python) during her senior year at the University of Delaware. 

While at the University of Georgia, Margaret earned her MS in Geography with a thesis titled "Investigating Connection Between Need for Cognitive Closure and Climate Change Concern".  

Outside of the classroom, Margaret is an ice dancer and also enjoys ballet, tap, and ballroom dance, hiking, cooking/baking, and reading. She is a co-chair for the American Meteorological Society Student Conference. 

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Selected Publications

Orr, M.; Stewart, A.; Grundstein, A. Investigating Connections between Need for Cognitive Closure and Climate Change Concern in College Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202017, 5619.


B.S. Meteorology & Climatology, Minor in French: University of Delaware

M.S. Geography: University of Georgia

Recent Presentations

Lessons Learned from Heat Watch Interviews. 101st Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, held virtually. January 11, 2021.