This is the blog and class website for Natural Resources with Professor Jessica Owley at SUNY-Buffalo. This site contains pertinent course information and serves as a forum for discussions about natural resources.
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the laws aimed at managing and preserving natural resources and biodiversity through a variety of private, regulatory, informational, and public land-management mechanisms. Students will examine statutes, regulations, and other mechanisms governing the management of the federal lands and their resources. Students will consider the historical, political, and ecological influences on the law and management of these resources. This course will introduce the agencies with jurisdiction over the components of the federal estate and environmental regulation. Through this lens, students will strengthen their understanding of administrative law, constitutional law, and statutory interpretation. The course also covers regulation of natural resources—including land, water, and biodiversity—on state, tribal, and private land.
There will be approximately 30 pages of reading for each class. Class requirements include attending, being prepared for and participating in class, and participating in an online discussion group. There will be three writing assignments during the semester. There is no final exam for this class.
- Class Participation: 10%
- Assignment #1: 20%
- Assignment #2: 30%
- Assignment #3: 40%
Class participation grade is based on being prepared for and participating in class as well as participating in the class blog.
Professor Jessica Owley
Office: 722 O’Brian Hall
Phone: 716-645-8182 (but e-mail is preferred)
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 3:30 to 5pm or by appointment
Assistant: Linda Kelly in 717 O’Brian