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12/9 GGG Fall Speaker Series Presents Prof. Holly Doremus and "Identifying Conservation Goals for an Ahistorical World"

Event Date: 
2014-12-09 04:10 - 05:30

"Identifying Conservation Goals for an Ahistorical World"

Dr. Holly Doremus, UC Berkely School of Law

December 9, 2014* Wickson 2124* 4:10-5:30pm 

Climate change poses significant challenges for conservation policy. First, the sheer scale of climate change calls for conservation efforts to be vastly stepped up. Second, the pace and extent of expected climate change will probably undermine the effectiveness of traditional conservation tools focused on protecting designated areas from human intrusion. The search for novel conservation strategies that will stand up to global shifts in climate highlights a third challenge: New conditions and new tools require a reassessment of our conservation goals. This third challenge has so far not been the subject of much debate, but merits closer and more systematic attention. The debate may be uncomfortable, but avoiding it complicates the tasks of prioritizing conservation efforts and choosing conservation tools. More important, the failure to explicitly identify conservation goals that acknowledge climate change is likely to lead to failure to achieve those goals. (More here)

Dr. Holly Doremus is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and Director, Environmental Law Program at UC Berkeley. Holly Doremus is a leading scholar and teacher in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, and law and science. She brings a strong background in life sciences and a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship to her work at Berkeley Law. She earned her PhD in Plant Physiology from Cornell University and was a post-doctoral associate at the University of Missouri before making the transition to law.

In addition to her law school teaching experience, she has taught in the graduate ecology program at UC Davis, in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. She has been a principal investigator on two major NSF IGERT interdisciplinary training grants and a multidisciplinary grant dealing with hydropower relicensing in California. She has co-authored papers with economists and ecologists, and has been a member of two National Research Council review committees.

Doremus received her JD and Environmental Law Certificate from Berkeley Law, where she was an articles editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly and a member of the Order of the Coif honor society. She then clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced municipal and land use law with the firm of Eickelberg & Fewel in Corvallis, Ore., and taught at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University before beginning her law teaching career at UC Davis in 1995. She is a Member-Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform and an elected member of the American Law Institute. She was honored as a UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow for 2001-2006.

Eight of Doremus's articles in the legal literature have been selected for reprinting in the Land Use and Environment Law Review, an annual compilation of the year's leading works. Her recent publications include Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics (Island Press, 2008) (with A. Dan Tarlock); "Scientific and Political Integrity in Environmental Policy," Texas Law Review (2008); "Data Gaps in Natural Resource Management: Sniffing for Leaks Along the Information Pipeline," Indiana Law Journal (2008); and "Precaution, Science, and Learning While Doing in Natural Resource Management," Washington Law Review (2007).

EDUCATION: B.S., Trinity College (1981); Ph.D., Cornell University (1986); J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (1991)