Jesse Reynolds

Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy

  • B.A. Hampshire College, 1997
  • M.S. UC Berkeley, 2000
  • Ph.D. Tilburg University, 2014

Jesse Reynolds is an Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law for 2018-2021. He researches and teaches how society can develop norms, rules, procedures, and institutions to manage environmental opportunities and challenges, particularly those involving new technologies. While his approach is centered within international environmental law, he draws upon other disciplines, including international relations and economics. Reynolds has extensively researched geoengineering (climate engineering), a group of proposed methods to intentionally intervene in earth systems at large scales in order to counterbalance anthropogenic climate change. His book The Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Managing Climate Change in the Anthropocene was published on Cambridge University Press in 2019. Reynolds is also currently exploring the roles of new biotechnologies, such as gene drives, and artificial intelligence in the conservation of biodiversity and facilitating sustainability more generally.

He is also an associate researcher at the Utrecht Center for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University and a research affiliate at Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, Harvard University. Reynolds has degrees from Tilburg University, The Netherlands (Ph.D., international law, partially as a Fulbright Fellow, US Department of State); the University of California, Berkeley (M.S., environmental science, policy, and management, as an EPA Science-to-Achieve Results Fellow); and Hampshire College (B.A., chemistry and environmental science).

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