Molly Bruce

Molly Bruce Headshot

Research Fellow, Wheeler Water Institute

Molly is a Research Fellow with the Wheeler Water Institute at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). Her work at CLEE concentrates on groundwater recharge innovation under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Specifically, Molly seeks to understand the institutional and political hurdles that stymie effective stewardship of natural resources as well as the role interdisciplinarity can play in overcoming these hurdles. Prior to CLEE, Molly worked with organizations like the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the North Carolina Conservation Network, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the North Carolina Department of Justice on state-level policy intersections between water and energy. Molly also tackled more technical work through projects based out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and the Marine Robotics & Remote Sensing Lab, using remotely-sensed data derived from drones and satellites to address water quality and climate questions.

Molly graduated from Duke University where she earned both a law degree and a master’s degree with certificates in geospatial analysis and public service. While a student, Molly participated in Duke’s Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, was President of the University’s Environmental Law Society, advised the Board of Trustees’ as a member of its Climate Change & Sustainability Task Force, and led several pro-bono projects. Prior to Duke, Molly studied Geography at UNC, Chapel Hill and was involved in affordable housing work.

J.D., Duke University School of Law
MEM, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill