Upcoming events

    • May 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Club at Arrow Creek; 2905 Arrow Creek Parkway; Reno, NV 89511
    The Desert Research Institute (DRI) was established as part of the Nevada System of Higher Education almost 60 years ago “to promote the general welfare of the State of Nevada and its citizens through the development of educational and scientific research.” Today, DRI is among the top environmental research organizations in the US and is still conducting high impact research that is helping to address challenges in Nevada, nationally, and beyond. Dr. Averyt will speak about the broad connections between science and society through the lens of DRI. She will highlight some of DRI’s world-recognized research on air, water, earth, and ecosystem resources, as well as new frontiers for the Institution.  

    Kristen Averyt, PhD serves as the eighth President of the Desert Research Institute – a recognized world leader in investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet.

    An active member of the international science community and an accomplished environmental scientist, Dr. Averyt comes to DRI from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she served as the Associate Director for Science for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), which is a joint institute between NOAA and the university.

    Dr. Averyt completed her undergraduate degrees in marine science and chemistry at the University of Miami. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in New Zealand, so subsequent to graduation, she moved to the University of Otago. There, she studied the inorganic chemistry of New Zealand freshwater lakes, earning a Master of Science (with distinction) in chemistry in 1999.  Upon returning to the U.S. in 2000, Dr. Averyt began graduate school in the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department at Stanford University. Inspired by her experience in New Zealand, she focused her research on understanding the interplay between climate and ocean chemistry. She developed a novel geochemical proxy and used it to reconstruct ocean chemistry during significant climatic events over the last 120 million years.

    In 2003, Dr. Averyt was awarded a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Academies. It was during this time, while embedded within the Polar Research Board in Washington D.C., that she realized her desire to help connect science with society. Thus, after successfully defending her Ph.D. in late 2004, Dr. Averyt applied for and was awarded the prestigious NOAA Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship, which brought her back to Washington to work in the U.S. Senate. In late 2005, Dr. Averyt took on a new, international science leadership role, moving to Boulder, Colorado to begin working as part of a small team supporting Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). As a member of this team, she was one of many scientists who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the IPCC.

    After completion of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report process, she shifted her focus toward connecting science with society at the regional scale. In 2008, she was hired as a research scientist with the Western Water Assessment (WWA), a program within CIRES. Soon after beginning her term, Dr. Averyt became the Deputy Director of the program. It was during her time with WWA that she began to develop her energy-water nexus research portfolio.

    In March 2012, Dr. Averyt was asked to step in as the Acting Associate Director for Science of CIRES. She accepted the position permanently several months later and served in that role in the CIRES Senior Administration until July 2017. Dr. Averyt also served as the Director of WWA from early 2013 until October 2014.

    Throughout her career, Dr. Averyt has received several awards and honors and she is very active in the science community on numerous boards and committees. She was a lead author on the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, and was recently named a lead author for the coming Fourth Assessment. She is a non-resident Senior Policy Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and engages regularly with stakeholders interested in bringing science to bear on societal issues from the local to national to international scales.

Past events

April 14, 2018 3rd Annual Tax'd 'n Tattered Lobster, Filet & Wine Feed
March 13, 2018 Sheriff Candidate Forum: What are the major law enforcement issues in Northern Nevada?
February 13, 2018 Ron Knecht: Economic and Political Outlooks for Nevada and the U.S.
November 14, 2017 Joe Dutra: A Journey to Sweet Success-- Kimmie Candy Factory Tour and Entrepreneurship Talk
October 28, 2017 3rd Annual Free-Market Golf Classic: Tournament & Benefit Dinner
September 12, 2017 Jeff Jones: Make Work Cool Again -- Why our Education System is Failing
August 08, 2017 Craig King: Northern Nevada's Dynamic Real Estate Market
July 11, 2017 Russel Redenbaugh: Getting back to 3%
June 13, 2017 Ed Friedrichs: Changing Northern Nevada for the Better: How can YOU be a Catalyst?
April 29, 2017 2nd Annual Tax'd 'n Tattered Lobster, Filet & Wine Feed
March 21, 2017 Saul Anuzis: Reflections on the 2016 Election and New Proposal for How We Might Elect the U.S. President
February 15, 2017 Ira Hansen: The 2017 Legislative Session: Ira Hansen’s Viewpoint
January 16, 2017 Elliot F. Eisenberg: The Unintended Consequences of Government Regulation
November 15, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - November 15th
October 01, 2016 2nd Annual Free-Market Golf Classic: Tournament & Benefit Dinner
September 06, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - September 6th
August 09, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - August 9th
July 12, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - July 12th
June 14, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - June 14th
May 10, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - May 10th
April 01, 2016 1st Annual Tax'd 'n Tattered Lobster, Filet & Wine Feed
March 08, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - March 8th
February 09, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - February 9th
January 12, 2016 Monthly Hayek Dinner - January 12th
November 03, 2015 Monthly Hayek Dinner - November 3rd
October 09, 2015 Free-Market Golf Classic: Tournament & Benefit Dinner
September 01, 2015 Monthly Hayek Dinner - September 1st
August 11, 2015 Monthly Hayek Dinner - August 11th
July 07, 2015 Monthly Hayek Dinner - July 7th
June 09, 2015 Monthly Hayek Dinner - June 9th
May 05, 2015 Monthly Hayek Dinner - May 5th
April 14, 2015 Monthly Hayek Dinner - April


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