The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) seeks to promote global perspectives by sponsoring distinguished speakers whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries. The Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to bring outstanding scientists, as well as historians of science, science policy makers, and science journalists, and others—see past distinguished lectures—who take imaginative positions on environmental issues and can establish enduring connections after their departure. Participants interests embrace those of the University departments and programs, and the NOAA labs affiliated with CIRES. The Lecture Series is presented in each academic year.

Lecture Coordinators
Max Boykoff, Chair
Maggie Tolbert
Jen Kay
Linda Pendergrass, ex officio

Lecture Contact
Linda Pendergrass, 303-492-1595,

In the 2015 Series

All lectures are held from 4:00-5:00 pm in the CIRES Auditorium-Room 338 with a reception following in the CIRES Atrium. (unless otherwise noted)

Upcoming 2015 Lectures

  • Friday, January 23rd, 2015-Gavin Schmidt from NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies
  • Friday, April 3rd, 2015-Steve Amstrup from PBI (Polar Bears International)
  • Friday, April 24th, 2015-Dan Kahan from Yale University-Law School
  • Friday, September 25th, 2015-David Keith from Harvard University
  • Friday, November 6th, 2015-Dr. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts from University of California-Irvine