Lisa Dale is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL), advising CRCL’s work with the World Wildlife Fund in Mozambique.
Lisa teaches at Columbia University in the undergraduate Sustainable Development Program. Her work on climate change adaptation includes participation in the steering committee for the Earth Institute Adaptation Initiative, as well as serving on the leadership group for the United Nations Climate Resilience Initiative: Adapt, Absorb, Reshape (A2R). She has focused much of her research on case studies throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Before relocating to the east coast in 2015, Lisa lived in Colorado for 25 years and has a deep history in land use across the Rocky Mountains. Her work in that region includes research on wildfire governance, public lands management, and endangered species protections.
Lisa graduated with a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy from Colorado State University (2003) and worked as a postdoctoral scholar with The Wilderness Society, where she studied the National Fire Plan. She was on the faculty at the University of Denver from 2005-2010; she then worked for the State of Colorado, initially as a legislative liaison for the Division of Wildlife and then as an Assistant Director for the Department of Natural Resources. She moved to New Haven, CT in 2015 to serve as the Associate Director for the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. She currently lives and works in New York City.