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Lisa Dilling

Lisa Dilling

DCDC External Advisory Committee member


Western Water Assessment
University of Colorado Boulder
Campus Box 397
Boulder, CO 80309-0397


  • DCDC External Advisory Committee member
  • Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental Studies
  • Director, Western Water Assessment


Lisa Dilling is Director of Western Water Assessment, Associate 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.

Lisa received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.