cully nordby

Cully Nordby

Associate Director

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

(310) 267-5607

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496


Dr. Cully Nordby is the Associate Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Cully served as chair of the UCLA Sustainability Committee (2008-2016) and as part of her effort to connect and empower students she created UCLA’s Sustainability Action Research program in which students from across campus work in small teams with staff and administrators to research ways to make the campus more sustainable. She has also taught in the Freshman Cluster program for over 12 years and running. 

In service to the UC system’s ambitious Carbon Neutrality Initiative, Cully developed and led a “train the trainer’s” workshop for faculty from all 10 campuses that led to over 200 faculty infusing environment and sustainability concepts into their existing courses.

Cully earned a B.S. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in animal behavior, as well as a graduate certificate in conservation biology, from the University of Washington. While doing postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley in behavioral ecology and conservation biology she held a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship through The Nature Conservancy. 

Cully also served for six years on the Sustainability Committee for the Culver City Unified School District and helped the district win a national Green Ribbon School Award from the U.S. EPA in 2017.