Marilyn Averill

Ph.D. Student

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MPA, Harvard University

JD, University of Colorado

MA, University of Colorado

BA, Wellesley College


Marilyn Averill is a doctoral student in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). Her research interests focus on international environmental governance, the politics of science, and science and technology policy, particularly in the context of global climate change. Her recent work has involved the use of science and the treatment of uncertainty in litigation relating to climate change, and the effects these cases may have on law, science, and policy. She also has participated in several projects considering the ethical implications of climate change. Currently she is investigating the negotiation of emission reduction standards in the climate regime. She has also taught "International Environmental Law and Policy” through the ENVS program.

Before returning to graduate school Marilyn was an attorney with the Office of the Solicitor, United States Department of the Interior, where she provided legal advice to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and other Interior bureaus. She holds a law degree from the University of Colorado and Master’s degrees in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in Educational Research and Evaluation Methodology from CU.