Nell Green Nylen


Portrait of Nell Green Nylen

Senior Research Fellow, Wheeler Water Institute

Nell Green Nylen is a Senior Research Fellow with the Wheeler Water Institute at the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). Dr. Green Nylen’s research seeks to improve water governance by engaging law, science, and policy to inform decision making about critical water issues. Her recent work at CLEE has focused on developing guidance for implementing California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, improving California water rights administration and oversight during droughts, examining the relationships between regulation and innovation in the U.S. wastewater sector, and improving policy options for expanding safe drinking water access and affordability in California. She has also published on the legal and environmental implications of federal agency planning and decision making. 

Dr. Green Nylen clerked for Justice Gregory J. Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court.  She earned a J.D. with a certificate of specialization in Environmental Law from Berkeley Law. As a law student, she interned with the California Attorney General’s Office and the Center for Biological Diversity, was an Articles Editor for Ecology Law Quarterly, co-organized the 2012 California Water Law Symposium, coordinated the Environmental Law Society’s administrative action comment team, was a member of Students for Economic and Environmental Justice, and participated in the Environmental Justice Practice Project. Prior to law school, Nell worked at the California Academy of Sciences, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Stanford University Maps & Records, and the U.S. Geological Survey. She earned a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford, where her dissertation research examined past climatic and environmental change along the Northern California coast.

J.D., Berkeley Law (2012)
Ph.D., Stanford University (2005)
B.S., Stanford University (1996)

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