Lisa Dilling

Environmental Defense Fund
Associate Chief Scientist
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Lisa Dilling is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and former Director of the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on understanding how to build climate resilience and accelerate the transition to carbon-free energy. She uses interdisciplinary, empirical methods to study the tradeoffs involved in implementing new policies at the local and regional scale and understanding how science can best support robust decision making in deeply uncertain contexts. Topics of research include energy, climate adaptation, drought and urban water management, policy for usable science, climate change and public lands, carbon management, geoengineering, and municipal policies regarding natural hazards. She has served on numerous national and research advisory boards, three journal editorial boards, a National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee, and was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in 2016-2017. She teaches classes on climate and energy policy, science and technology policy, resilience analysis, usable science, research methods, and introductory environmental studies.