OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor
Name: Mary Wood
Institution: University of Oregon
Department: School of Law

Research Theme: Founding Director of the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program; Faculty Leader of the Program’s Conservation Trust Project, Sustainable Land Use Project and Native Environmental Sovereignty Project. Wood is a co-author of a leading textbook on natural resources law (West, 2006) and has published extensively on climate crisis, natural resources, and native law issues. She is a frequent speaker on global warming issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy.

Research Fields:

Energy Policy and Technology
Human Impacts Policy
Mitigation Policy
Natural Resource Policy and Planning
Outreach and Engagement

Professional Activities:

Western Environmental Law Center. Secretary/Treasurer, Board member, 1993-2005; Advisory Board, non-profit organization formed to bring citizens’ environmental enforcement litigation throughout the West.

U.S. District Court Historical Society Board of Trustees. Appointed member

Tribal Water Advocacy Project Advisory Board, non-profit organization exploring Pacific Northwest water issues affecting tribes.

Society for Environmental Journalists Annual Conference Advisory Board Member.

The First Oregonians Advisory Board providing advice and editorial assistance for publication of second edition of The First Oregonians.

Selected Publications:

“Regaining Nature’s Trust,” Viva!Mercy Magazine (September/October Edition 2007).

“Nature’s Trust: A Legal, Political and Moral Frame for Global Warming,” 34:3 Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (May 2007).

“Nature’s Trust: Reclaiming an Environmental Discourse,” 25:2 Virginia Law Journal (May 2007).

“EPA’s Protection of Tribal Harvests: Braiding the Agency’s Mission,” 34:1 Ecology Law Quarterly (April 2007).

“Now is time to stem global warming,” Opinion Editorial, Vancouver Columbian (Feb. 9, 2007).