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Professor • CIRES Fellow
Environmental Studies • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences


  SEEC S106C

Office Hours

  • By Appointment only

Students can email Lisa to request a meeting.


Ph.D. University of California-Santa Barbara, 1997

Research Interests

Climate adaptation, usable science, climate policy, resilience.


Lisa Dilling is Professor of Environmental Studies, a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and Director of the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Western Water Assessment is a NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment that studies and facilitates the use of climate information in decision making in the Intermountain West. Her scholarship focuses on decision making, the use of information, and science policy, to understand how we can best manage climate and weather risks. Her research topics include drought and urban water management, climate adaptation in cities and on public lands, carbon management, and geoengineering governance. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California Santa Barbara. More about her current research projects and publications is available here.

A Note to Prospective Graduate Students

Lisa is not accepting new graduate student applications at this time.

A Note to Prospective ENVS Honors Undergraduate Students

Lisa is not advising additional Honors Thesis students at this time.