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Leif Castren

Program Associate

Leif Castren is a DoSER Program Associate. Leif lives in DC but calls Montana home. Leif earned a BA in Biology from Middlebury College, an MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School, an MEM from Yale School of the Environment, and a certificate from the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. As a Fulbright research fellow to Chile, Leif investigated the impacts of volcanic eruptions on forest ecosystems. Through his work at AAAS, Leif seeks to create opportunities for mutual learning around questions raised at the interface of religious life and ongoing scientific research. In focus, Leif supports theological schools as they engage forefront science through the Science for Seminaries project, draws upon experiences in scholarship, teaching, and counseling.

Some of Leif’s special interests with religious, ethical, and scientific dimensions include personhood, community, process, integration, creativity, emergence, and, of course, dialogue. In his free time, he loves to kayak.