Science and Politics in Environmental Policymaking: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Prof. Holly Doremus, JD, PhD

University of California, Davis

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

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Controversial environmental policy decisions require a complex mix of technical and value judgments. Both science and democracy have legitimate roles to play in making these decisions, but the two are frequently perceived to be at odds. This talk explored the sources of tension between science and politics, and examined strategies for combining sound science with sound politics. 

Continuing Legal Education (CLE), Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits were approved.

Prof. Holly Doremus, JD, PhD

Holly Doremus, JD, PhD, is Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, and a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. She received her B.S. in biology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), Ph.D. in plant physiology from Cornell University, and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).

After law school, she clerked for Judge Diarmuid Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law in Corvallis, Oregon, before joining the faculty at UC Davis.

She has written extensively about environmental and natural resources law and policy, with particular emphasis on biodiversity conservation and on the interplay of science and policy.

She teaches in the Ecology graduate program as well as in the Law School at UC Davis, and has also taught at Boalt Hall School of Law and the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. Professor Doremus regularly tries to cross disciplinary lines in her research and teaching. She is currently engaged in collaborative research and training projects regarding the use of science in natural resource policy, adaptive management in hydropower licensing, and responses to biological invasions.