Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project

Interdisciplinary Research Projects | Fellowships | Recent Publications

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. 


Adell Amos
Richard Hildreth

OCWP Fellows

Grace Brahler - 1L - Chapin Clark Law Fellow
Grace was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas—a small college town and the birthplace of basketball. Having family in Texas, she frequently visited South Padre Island and became familiar with local volunteer efforts to conserve endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Her love of golf initially landed her in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, where she played on a Division II women’s golf team and began taking environmental science courses. Still curious about the sea turtle hatchling releases she saw in her youth, she decided to transfer to Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi to learn more about the environmental issues of the Gulf coast, including governmental conservation efforts targeting sea turtles in the Padre Island National Seashore and whooping cranes in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. She loves exploring new places and hopes to learn more about sustainable water management and biodiversity conservation while studying the law. 

Maggie Franquemont -3L - Bowerman Fellow 
Maggie grew up along Colorado's Front Range and let her love of the outdoors take her to Bozeman, MT where she earned her BS in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State University. Working for the national parks inspired her to return to school to pursue her JD from the University of Oregon. Maggie hopes to focus on water law and encouraging interdisciplinary work so that we can fight our planet's environmental problems on a united front across many interests. Her favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurs.

Wilson Jarrell - 3L- Bowerman Fellow
Wilson Jarrell is a third year law student at the University of Oregon. Having grown up in Los Angeles, Wilson fled north to Humboldt State University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He came to the University of Oregon law school to learn how to put the skills he'd garnered as a mathematician to work helping people and the environment. Wilson is interested in how the law can best be used to protect the environment for current and future generations, with a particular interest in the world's oceans. When not studying, Wilson enjoys reading, cooking, and all manners of adventures 

Courtney Kohler  - 3L - Bowerman Fellow
Courtney grew up happily fishing and boating on the pristine Smith River in California. When she moved away for college, she learned that most other waterbodies face significant threats from dams, water pollution, and climate change. With a future career as a water attorney as her goal, Courtney graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. She then enrolled at Oregon Law to study environmental law, and for the opportunity to work with the Environmental and Natural Resources Center. Previously, she worked as a law clerk at Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney’s Office in Eugene. Most recently, Courtney spent her summer in Portland as a law clerk at the Department of Interior’s Office of the Solicitor.  

Cole Sito - 3L - Bowerman Fellow

Cole Sito is a third-year J.D./M.B.A student with a passion for ocean and energy law. He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and a B.A. in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Cole learned to love surfing, snorkeling, boating, and all things aquatic. He is specifically passionate about marine protected areas, ecological biodiversity, and offshore energy development. When Cole is working, he would always rather be surfing.







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