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 the White House Council on Environmental Quality's director for drought and Western resilience.

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 previously served as the Senior Climate Advisor in the Office of the former Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, where she led climate planning and policy development for the state. She 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 is a former 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

The Nevada Independent
Over the past few weeks, storm after storm has rolled through the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Great Basin, dropping much-needed rain and heavy snow from Reno to Elko. But despite all the welcome precipitation, the state still faces drought conditions after back-to-back dry years.
Politico
Kristen Averyt has joined the White House's Council on Environmental Quality as director for drought and Western resilience, Daniel Lippman reports. She most recently was senior climate adviser for former Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and is a research professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Politico
Kristen Averyt is now director for drought and Western resilience at the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality. She most recently was senior climate adviser for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and is a research professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Politico
Kristen Averyt has joined the White House's Council on Environmental Quality as the new director for drought and Western resilience. She most recently was senior climate adviser for former Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and is a research professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Articles Featuring Kristen Averyt

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

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

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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.