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Professor • Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies • Affiliate, RASEI
Environmental Studies • Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute


  SEEC S106C

Office Hours

  • Wednesday's from 2:30 - 3:30pm
  • Thursday's  from 3:30 - 4:30pm

Students can contact Lisa by email for more information.

*Office hours will be virtual


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

Research Interests

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


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. She holds a PhD 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 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!