Kristen Averyt is a research professor at UNLV focusing on climate resilience and urban sustainability. Additionally, she serves as the Nevada State Climate Policy Coordinator. Prior to joining UNLV, Averyt served as president of the Desert Research Institute.
Averyt has a long record working on different facets of the climate issue, particularly connecting science with public policy and decision making. She served as a lead author on the 2014 US National Climate Assessment, and she was one of many scientists who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
In recent years, Averyt’s work has focused on the energy-water nexus, climate and western water issues including the Colorado River, and most recently, urban resilience and sustainability. In 2018 she was named one of Northern Nevada Business Weekly’s Top 10 Innovators of the Year and a Top 10 Woman of Exemplary Achievement.
Averyt is currently a Senior Policy Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and engages in several other service activities, including as a member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Advocacy for the Science Community Board and as an appointee to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Board.
- Ph.D., Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
- M.Sc, Chemistry, University of Otago
- B.S., University of Miami