Megan O'Rourke, Ph.D.
National Program Leader
Beacon Complex, Kansas City, MO
Dr. O’Rourke is an agroecologist with scientific expertise in conservation, pest management, and climate change. Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. O’Rourke was an associate professor of Sustainable Food Systems at Virginia Tech and served as a climate change advisor in the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and Agency for International Development (USAID). She has led research in the U.S. to develop and evaluate on-farm conservation strategies for field crops, vegetables, and grasslands, and in S.E. Asia to advance sustainable pest management for vegetable production. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from Cornell University, an M.S. in Entomology from Iowa State University, and a B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University.