Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project

Building on the law school's rich heritage in both ocean and coastal law and water law, the Ocean, Coasts, and Watersheds Project explores cutting-edge issues in both marine and freshwater environments. 

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OCWP Fellows 2022-2023

Natalie Gillard - Chapin Clark Fellow 

Natalie grew up in northern California. Her love of the outdoors stems from spending summers camping in Lassen National Park and backpacking in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. She attended CU Boulder where she majored in both Physical Geography and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and earned a certificate in Hydrology. While at CU, she worked in an environmental chemistry lab examining water quality from glaciers and mountain streams. After graduation, she took a brief break to hike the Camino de Santiago across Spain before starting as a graduate student at Utah State University. There, she earned a master’s degree in Watershed Science. Her thesis research examined how wildfires change flood magnitudes and sediment transport mechanisms, and the resulting impacts on native fish habitat. While at Utah State, she also participated in the Climate Adaptation Science program which focused on developing interdisciplinary solutions to climate change problems. After completing her master’s degree, she worked for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center. Her focus with the USGS was aquifer health and sustainability.

Elissa Karim - Bowerman Fellow 

Cooper Mittelhauser - Bowerman Fellow 

Caleb Todd - Bowerman Fellow

Kellie Warren - Bowerman Fellow

Kellie was born and raised in Nebraska. Growing up in landlocked Nebraska all she wanted was to be a sea lion trainer. While that dream may have changed, it took her to Texas A&M University where she earned her B.S. in Marine Sciences with minors in Ocean and Coastal Resources Management and Biology. While in school Kellie had the opportunity to work closely with locals in both Texas and Madagascar. She conducted research to understand the effect community lifestyles had on the ocean and coastal resources in the areas. After graduation, she moved to Alaska and became a senior technician at an environmental consulting firm and laboratory. There she helped small businesses and local tribes who were struggling with polluted water due to large companies. Kellie’s previous work has instilled in her a commitment to environmental equality that brought her to law school and that she hopes to build her future career upon.