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Kristen Averyt

University of Colorado Boulder Consortium Leader
Kristen Averyt

Kristen Averyt is the Associate Director for Science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Averyt holds a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University. She was a lead author on the third and on the coming fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand (1998) and a NOAA Congressional Fellowship (2005), during which she worked in the US Senate for Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). As the staff scientist for Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2005­–08), she was one of the many scientists who contributed to the work which received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Her current research involves climate variability and change, with a particular focus on the interplay between climate mitigation and adaptation, including the energy-water nexus.