Dean, College of the Environment; Virginia and Prentice Bloedel Professor
University of Washington
Dr. Lisa J. Graumlich joined the University of Washington’s College of the Environment (CoEnv) as its inaugural dean on July 1, 2010. Known for her interdisciplinary research on climate change and her success in fostering innovative partnerships, Graumlich’s vision for the College of the Environment centers on dynamic interdisciplinary teams of scientists building on the world-class research at the University of Washington to strategically engage the grand environmental challenges of our times.
Graumlich came to the University of Washington from her position as Director of The University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE). At SNRE, Graumlich focused the School’s engagement on challenges in environmental sciences and resource management, and successfully recruited new faculty in emerging fields such as ecological informatics, ecosystem services and ecohydrology.
Previously, Graumlich served for six years as the Executive Director of the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University, fostering partnerships between researchers and land managers to develop science-based knowledge on conservation of biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and otherlarge protected areas.
A paleoecologist, Graumlich’s own research investigates how ecosystems and human societies adapt to climate change, with a special focus on severe and persistent drought. She is a frequent speaker on climate change impacts and adaptation, and served as a member of the "Oxburgh Inquiry," an investigative panel convened by the University of East Anglia to review the stolen e-mails which led to the"Climategate" controversy. Most recently, Graumlich testified before the U.S. House of Representative Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on long-term climate variability.