Kristen Averyt

Research Professor, Office of the Vice President for Research
Expertise: Climate Resilience, Sustainability, Urban Resilience

Biography

Kristen Averyt is a research professor at UNLV focusing on climate change. She currently serves as Senior Climate Advisor in the Office of the Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, where she leads climate planning and policy development for the state.

Averyt has a long record working on different facets of the climate issue including U.S. western water resources, the energy-water nexus, and climate resilience and adaptation. She worked in the US Senate as a NOAA Knauss Fellow and at the National Academies of Science as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow. She was a lead author on the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment, and as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I Support Unit, she was one of many scientists who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Averyt earned her master's degree as a Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand, but, of her honors, she is most proud of the Girls Scouts of the Sierra Nevada Award for Environmental Leadership. 

Averyt was recently elected to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Council, is a Senior Policy Fellow of the AMS, and engages in many other service and board activities. She previously served as president of the Desert Research Institute and held positions at the University of Colorado Boulder as the associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. She was also director of the Western Water Assessment, a NOAA program focused on regional climate issues including drought and the Colorado River.

Education

  • Ph.D., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
  • M.Sc, Chemistry, University of Otago
  • B.S., University of Miami

Kristen Averyt In The News

Boulder City Review
Some of Nevada’s top water conservation and climate science minds are coming together to help the state handle the worsening drought and declining levels at Lake Mead.
The Telegraph
The case of a recently discovered dead body in Nevada has piqued the interest of both crime and climate experts alike
Yahoo!
When a decomposed body in a barrel was found on a Nevada reservoir shoreline, a morbid curiosity gripped the state: was this evidence of the mafia's violent reign in Las Vegas being exposed?
M.S.N.
When a decomposed body in a barrel was found on a Nevada reservoir shoreline, a morbid curiosity gripped the state: was this evidence of the mafia's violent reign in Las Vegas being exposed?

Articles Featuring Kristen Averyt

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

aerial of Colorado River
Research | May 10, 2022

Confronted in our desert backyard by the inescapable effects of a deteriorating environment, these UNLV researchers, professors, and activists are fighting to mitigate the effects of climate change on scientific, legal, and sociological fronts.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.