Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Anne Gold


Education and Outreach Director

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Affiliated Department
School of Education

Research Interests

Anne U. Gold, PhD, is a Senior Associate Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, an Affiliate Faculty member CU's School of Education and the Director of the CIRES Education & Outreach Program. She focuses on science education for educators, students, communities and the public around climate, water, polar regions and geosciences in general. She is interested in understanding and studying effective ways of teaching and learning and is dedicated to grounding her education work in solid research and evaluation. She is passionate about building local partnerships with diverse communities. Anne has led dozens of NSF, NOAA and NASA-funded education projects and leads a vibrant group of 24 outreach and education professionals in developing engaging and meaningful educational opportunities for all learners. She is a climate scientist by training with a doctoral degree from the University of Regensburg in Germany.

Current Research

  • Climate Education, Climate Action
  • Place-based Education
  • Career Development of Undergraduate Students, REU program
  • Education focused on Polar Regions, Water topics and Natural Hazards
  • Scenario-based roleplay games 
  • Virtual Reality and Immersive experiences
  • Spatial Reasoning
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About CECA

CECA connects and creates a supportive environment for graduate students and postdocs who come from various academic units to do research in CIRES.