• PMST Environmental Science Track Director
  • Research Associate, Geology & Geophysics
  • Research Associate, Geology & Geophysics


  • B.S., Conservation Biology/Wildlife Biology, Brigham Young University
  • Ph.D., Rangeland Ecosystem Science/Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford University


Lindsey Christensen Nesbitt is a Research Associate in the department of Geology and Geophysics.  Nesbitt is a systems ecologist who studies climatic and vegetation controls on mountain hydrology.  She previously taught in the Biology department- courses included “Global Change Ecology”, “Global Environmental Issues”, and “Introduction to Environmental Science”.  Nesbitt's research includes use of the RHESSys model, a hydro-ecological model, to conduct spatial/temporal simulations of Red Butte Canyon watershed.  She is a member of the Global Change and Sustainability Center (UofU) and the Environmental Science Track Director for the Professional Masters in Science and Technology program. Previously, she was a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, studying the primary and secondary effects of global change on western US mountain hydro-ecological systems.  Her research used models to examine the interactions of climate anomalies and vegetation change in high elevations.  Prior to this position, she was a Sustainability Systems Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Environmental Science and Policy at Stanford University, where she used an integrated approach to understand the vulnerability of systems in relation to ecosystem function, and the role natural variability plays in their sustainability.  She received her Ph.D. in Ecology at Colorado State University, where she studied the dynamics and sustainability of the Inner Mongolia grasslands, focusing on ecosystem responses to grazing and climate change.