This class will address the protection of biodiversity, ecosystem management, and the protection of endangered species. We will review the scientific basis for this field and follow the changing policy developments at the international, federal and state levels. Across the world, ecosystem management is bringing back imperiled ecosystems, combining science and law to bring about sustainable relationships with the natural world. In New Mexico efforts are underway to restore stretches of the Rio Grande and the Pecos, and students may be able to work with The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, the Department of Interior, or representing private landowners. The class will assist students to enter this exciting field of practice.
I welcome students from other graduate schools, but please send me a statement of your interest for permission to enter the class. The law school WEB page contains instructions for non law students who wish to take law school classes.
The class is appropriate for the law school’s writing requirement, but please let me know if you intend to take it for that purpose. All students may write a paper or a take home exam for the class.