As the Emmett/Frankel Fellow, Megan Herzog researches law and policy solutions to the climate change crisis and other environmental issues for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Herzog also teaches “Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy” and works closely with UCLA Law’s Frank G. Wells Environmental Clinic. Her research interests include coasts and oceans, climate, disasters, energy, and the intersection of natural resources and human rights. Her ongoing projects include supporting local governments in sea-level rise adaptation planning, advancing national climate change policy, mitigating marine plastic pollution, promoting environmental sustainability in Los Angeles, and examining the role of regulators in clean energy innovation.
Prior to joining the UCLA Law faculty, Herzog served as a Public Interest Law Fellow at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. She worked with the Institute’s Ocean Program on restoration, litigation, and penalties following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Pacific Ocean ecosystem-based management, and other domestic and international environmental law issues. She has also worked as a law clerk domestically at the Center for Biological Diversity, California Coastal Commission, and Center for Ocean Solutions, as well as internationally at the Water & Energy Users’ Federation of Nepal and the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Law and Society.
She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Science & Policy. She also holds an M.S. in Environment & Resources from Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.