Stetson University’s biodiversity institute receives ABA environmental achievement award

Stetson University’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy has received the American Bar Association’s 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award. “This award recognizes the contributions of the Stetson community and our partners in wetland, wildlife conservation, and environmental issues around the world,” said Professor Royal C. Gardner, director of Stetson’s Institute and an internationally recognized expert in wetland law and policy. Stetson’s… » Read more


Floridians are stewards for endangered sea turtles, scientist tells Stetson law campus

“Florida is a very special place for sea turtles and Floridians play an important role as stewards,” Dr. Anne Meylan, senior research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told students, faculty, and members of the public gathered on March 1 on Stetson law school’s Gulfport campus to hear her talk. Dr. Meylan presented “Florida’s Global Importance as a Nesting Site for Sea… » Read more


Protecting the world’s wetlands: Stetson Law professor reappointed chair of international panel

Stetson University College of Law professor and Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy director Royal C. Gardner has been reappointed chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for 2016-2018. Professor Gardner is an internationally recognized expert on wetland law and policy. Professor Royal C. Gardner. As one of 18 experts appointed from around the world, Gardner will lead… » Read more


Environmental ethics expert presents at Stetson

Stetson University College of Law hosted EPA senior enforcement attorney Mike Walker as part of the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture series on Sept. 29. A crowd of students, faculty, staff and members of the community gathered to hear Walker speak in the Great Hall. Walker discussed how diversity is the key to stability in ecology. Trained as a biologist-botanist after the renowned Aldo… » Read more


Student dives into Blue Ocean

The Blue Ocean Film Festival brought presenters including Fabien Cousteau from around the world to St. Petersburg. Photo by Allison Dhand. When second-year Stetson University College of Law student Alexandria Nicodemi arrived at the inaugural Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit in St. Petersburg, she was not sure what to expect. She and other members of the Environmental Law Society had an opportunity to… » Read more


Protecting Florida wetlands discussed at Stetson Law

The impacts of phosphate mining, oil and gas exploration on Florida’s wetlands were discussed at the second annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop on “Wetlands Enforcement: Mining, Mitigation, and More” sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Stetson University College of Law on Nov. 13. Professor Royal Gardner addressed the crowd at the ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop. The workshop explored how enforcing wetland permits and mitigation can protect… » Read more


NOAA Fisheries biologist speaks at Stetson

Dr. John Carlson, a research fishery biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Panama City, Fla., presented the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture on Oct. 8 at Stetson Law in Gulfport. Dr. Carlson discussed challenges in implementing regulations to help the endangered smalltooth sawfish species recover. Dr. John Carlson spoke at Stetson. Dr. Carlson has been a leader with… » Read more


Pepperdine University wins Stetson’s International Environmental Moot Court Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law won the 17th annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition on March 23 at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Pepperdine University School of Law won the 17th annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition. Pepperdine defeated the Law Society of Ireland, Dublin, in the final round for the international championship. China University of Political Science and Law received the… » Read more


Law students from around the world travel to Stetson Law for the International Environmental Moot Court Competition

Law students from around the world are heading to Stetson University College of Law for the 17th International Environmental Moot Court Competition, March 21-23 in Gulfport, Fla. The students will prepare and present an environmental case before a mock international court. The case concerns the burning of peatlands, which lead to species extinction and transboundary haze. Teams of students participated in regional rounds in Africa,… » Read more


Stetson Law students and their professor write amicus brief with NWF for U.S. Supreme Court case

Two Stetson University College of Law students and their environmental law professor worked with the National Wildlife Federation to prepare an amicus brief in a wetlands case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in January. » Read the amicus brief (L-R): Professor Royal Gardner, Bill Mitch, Jan Goldman-Carter and student Marc Shumaker traveled to the Supreme Court on Jan. 15 to hear oral arguments… » Read more