Her research engages law, science, and policy to tackle critical water issues. These include storm water and wastewater management, water rights enforcement and water allocation during times of drought, and effective implementation of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). She has also published on the legal and environmental implications of federal agency planning and decision making.
Dr. Green Nylen's spectrum of training exemplifies the UC Water approach: interdisciplinary and engaged. At the inaugural annual retreat, she trained graduate students to allow their interdisciplinarity to fuel their questions.
Nell Green Nylen is a Research Fellow with the Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE), UC Berkeley School of Law. Nell earned a J.D. from Berkeley Law, and both a Ph.D. and a B.S. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University, where her dissertation examined past climatic and environmental change along the Northern California coast. Prior to law school, Nell worked at the California Academy of Sciences, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Stanford University, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Before becoming a Research Fellow, she clerked for Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., on the Colorado Supreme Court and interned with the California Attorney General’s Office and the Center for Biological Diversity.