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Associate Professor • Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office: SEEC S106C

Affiliated Departments

Center for Science & Technology Policy Research
Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute

Research Interests

The use of information in decision making related to climate and, in particular, the carbon cycle.


Ph.D. 1997 University of California-Santa Barbara


Lisa Dilling is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and a member of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her career has spanned both research and practice arenas of the science-policy interface, including program leadership for NOAA and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Her current research focuses on the use of information in decision making and science policies related to climate change, adaptation, and the carbon cycle. She is a co-editor of the book Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating climate change and facilitating social change from Cambridge University Press.  A full list of her publications and projects can be found here.

A Note to Prospective Graduate Students

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

A Note to Prospective ENVS Honors Undergraduate Students

I work in the area of climate policy and decision making, often at the local or regional scale. Students working with me have worked on public lands decision making, water and climate adaptation, sustainable grazing, congressional climate policy and so on. The types of methods I use in my research include interviews, focus groups, document analysis and surveys. If you're interested in working on policy and decision making topics at the local or regional scale, reach out!