Associate Professor at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches courses in International Environmental Law, Climate Change Law, and Biodiversity Law. He holds an LL.M. from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, a J.D. from UC Hastings, and a B.S.(Biology), M.A., and Ph.D. (Science & Technology Studies) from Cornell University. He has most recently been a consultant for Conservation International and USAID, analyzing legal and policy issues pertaining to REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and global climate change. His scholarly work appears in the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, NYU Environmental Law Journal, and Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. He is the author of The Idea of Biodiversity (Johns Hopkins U. Press).