Elizabeth Koebele

Elizabeth Koebele

Assistant Professor


Elizabeth Koebele is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. The focus of her work is on environmental policy.

Koebele received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was a research affiliate with the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) and a graduate research fellow with NSF's Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Prior to that, she graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, as a proud first-generation college student.

Koebele's research and teaching interests include collaborative environmental governance, water in the West (Colorado River and Lake Tahoe Basin), urban water management, disasters and hazards policy (wildfire and flooding), public policy theory and qualitative/mixed methods. She is particularly interested in how collaborative approaches to policymaking shape the policy process and its outcomes.


M.S., Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014
Ph.D., Environmental Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, 2017


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SNOWPACS: Synthesizing kNowledge to Optimize Water Policy for Agriculture under Changing Snowpack

SNOWPACS is a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded project on the impact of changes in mountain snowpack on agricultural production and water allocation institutions in the western United States.