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Lauren Gifford, PhD

Lauren Gifford, PhD

Science Advisor

Environmental Science & Policy + Carbon Markets + Natural Climate Solutions + Climate Justice

Headshot of Dr. Lauren Gifford on blurred background
Headshot of Dr. Lauren Gifford on blurred background
Headshot of Dr. Lauren Gifford on blurred background

Dr. Lauren Gifford is a Science Advisor for forest management and climate justice.

She works with various teams across the company, advising on forestry and natural climate solutions, advancements in climate tech, and the evolution of voluntary and compliance carbon markets.

Background & Bio

Dr. Gifford is a human-environment geographer whose work looks at intersections of climate policy, conservation, markets and justice, with particular focus on carbon markets and offsets, climate finance, and climate tech. Her dissertation research connected UNFCCC policy-making with forest carbon offset development, with a critical focus on carbon accounting and climate justice concerns.

Dr. Gifford is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at University of Arizona’s School of Geography, Development & Environment working on earth system transformation with the global Earth Commission. She has conducted field research in the Peruvian Amazon, in Maine’s forests, on Cuban organic farms, at the UNFCCC, and at civil society meetings around the globe.

Before studying for her doctorate, she was manager of Dartmouth College’s Climate Justice Research Project, examining the justice implications of carbon markets. Dr. Gifford is regularly consulted as a subject matter expert on NPR, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, and more.


PhD, Geography
University of Colorado, Boulder

MA, Environmental Studies
Dartmouth University

BA, Communications
American University