Kristen Averyt

Research Professor, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Expertise: Climate Resilience, Sustainability, Urban Resilience

Biography

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. 

Education

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

Kristen Averyt In The News

August 19, 2021
The irony reveals the need for a greater mix of renewable energy sources.
August 16, 2021
In the north of California, the turbines of an important hydroelectric power station are idle - heat and drought have dried up the lake. The climate crisis is also restricting power supply elsewhere.
August 16, 2021
Severe droughts are drying up rivers and reservoirs vital for the production of zero-emissions hydropower in several countries around the globe, in some cases leading governments to rely more heavily on fossil fuels.
August 13, 2021
In the north of California, the turbines of an important hydroelectric power station are idle - heat and drought have dried up the lake. The climate crisis is also restricting power supply elsewhere.

Articles Featuring Kristen Averyt

Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.
Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
students dance outdoors on UNLV's campus
Campus News | May 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.