Mary Wood, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resources Program

Academic Areas:
Environment, Climate Change, Native Lands

Mary Wood is an expert in environmental law and originated Atmospheric Trust Litigation. She studies law related to natural resources, public trust, federal Indian law, public lands, wildlife, and hazardous waste. At the University of Oregon, Mary is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, founding director and faculty director of the School of Law's nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center and is faculty leader of the program's Conservation Trust Project, Sustainable Land Use Project, Native Environmental Sovereignty Project, and Food Resilience Project. Her research related to Atmospheric Trust Litigation, which holds governments accountable for reducing carbon pollution within their jurisdictions, is being used in cases and petitions brought on behalf of children and youth throughout the United States and around the world.

Contact: |541-346-3842


Recent Media:
The newest legal tool to fight climate change is as old as ancient Rome (Outside Magazine, May 27, 2016)
Kids sue the state to fight climate change (Cascadia Weekly, Nov. 4, 2015)
These teens are suing Oregon to force action on climate change (PBS NewsHour, April 18, 2015)
Why teenagers are suing states over climate change (Forbes, April 8, 2015)
Teens sue government for failing to address climate change for Future Generations (BuzzFlash, Feb. 25, 2015)
Nature’s Trust: a conversation with author & law professor Mary Wood (Whole Terrain, Jan. 26, 2015)