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Associate Research Professor
Environmental Studies

University of Colorado at Boulder
Sustainable Energy and Environment Community Complex (SEEC)
4001 Discovery Drive, Suite S331
Boulder, CO 80303
Third Floor, South End

Office Hours

Thursdays 3 - 5pm

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*Office hours will be virtual

Colleen Scanlan Lyons is a cultural anthropologist who works on tropical forest conservation, sustainable development and social movements. Dr. Scanlan Lyons is an Associate Research Professor with the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), the Project Director for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF Task Force), the Co-Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Policy Innovation, and a Research Associate with the Environment and Society Program in CU’s Institute of Behavioral Science.

Dr. Scanlan Lyons coordinates the GCF Task Force’s Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities working group and serves as the PI on Deep Decarbonization Pathways and MRV and Advancing Solutions to Climate Change and Sustainable Development projects. She teaches an annual undergraduate-graduate experiential field course, “Sustainable Development in Brazil,” which focuses on the Amazon and Atlantic Forests and also mentors graduate students through a National Science Foundation Project that focuses on artisanal mining in Peru and Colombia. Dr. Scanlan Lyons is currently completing a book manuscript on social movements in the Atlantic Forest region of Bahia, Brazil. Dr. Scanlan Lyons has served as a professor for the President’s Leadership Class (an honors program at CU), and worked with diverse social-environmental institutions and organizations including the Climate Reality Project, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Greengrants Fund, the City of Boulder Open Space Department, the American Forum for Global Education, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon. While her geographic expertise lies in Brazil, where she has over twenty-five years of experience working with organizations in the Amazon and Atlantic Forests, she has also developed projects in Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States. Dr. Scanlan Lyons speaks fluent Portuguese, proficient Spanish, and limited French and is the proud mother of Max (20), Ella (18) and Maya (15).