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Dilling, Lisa



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  • Lisa Dilling is a Professor in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder, a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and former Director of the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on understanding how to build climate resilience and accelerate the transition to carbon-free energy. She uses interdisciplinary, empirical methods to study the tradeoffs involved in implementing new policies at the local and regional scale and understanding how science can best support robust decision making in deeply uncertain contexts. Topics of research include energy, climate adaptation, drought and urban water management, policy for usable science, climate change and public lands, carbon management, geoengineering, and municipal policies regarding natural hazards. She has served on numerous national and research advisory boards, three journal editorial boards, and is a current member of the Board on Environmental Change and Society at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.


  • decision making, use of information, climate change, energy, adaptation, carbon management, governance, risk


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courses taught

  • ENVS 4800 - Capstone: Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2023
    Examines a specific environmental topic in depth, synthesizing information from complex and controversial issues. Different course sections present different topics. Fulfills capstone requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisites: ENVS 1000 and ENVS 3020.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2023
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 6940 - Master's Degree Candidacy
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
  • ENVS 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022


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