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February 13, 2011


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Tim Zinnecker

At #14, "Ross" should be "Rossi." And I'm surprised that Jim's colleague at FSU, J.B. Ruhl, didn't make the list.

Bridget Crawford

Thanks, Tim. The data now matches the description and vice-versa. And sorry to Jim Rossi for missing that "i." It's back!

Jessica Owley

Why only schools with ranked environmental law programs? Of course, if you went outside that list of 10 you'd see many other folks jump up. (Patty Salkin must be near the top.)

It's fascinating, but I am wondering why you guys undertook this study. To figure out the top enviro scholars? to point out that the top ten enviro schools don't include many great scholars? to point out that to get into the top ten, a school needs enviro folks publishing at this level?

just curious


Who are the most highly published environment law scholars of single authored works?


An equally interesting metric would be if the study authors would measure grammr and spelling in environmental law scholarshp.

Ummm. Never mind. The authors don't appear qualified to measure that.

Bridget Crawford

A reader contacted me to point out that my search does not capture the specialty journals at Duke or Lewis & Clark. I will revise the list accordingly.

Rob Truman

Thanks for posting your results. One problem with the search is that not all journals have 'review,' 'journal,' or 'law quarterly' in their title.

This leads to the exclusion from your research of articles appearing in at least one leading journal, Environmental Law (published here at Lewis & Clark Law School).

For example, one of our more prolific authors, Michael Blumm, has 7 articles resulting from the search used for the study, above. Including "or so("environmental law")" in the search increases his results to 14.

Other titles missing from these results include Missouri Environmental Law & Policy Review, Animal Law (also at my institution), and many non-specialized journals lacking review, journal or quarterly in the title.

Though never perfect, perhaps just removing "& SO("REVIEW") or SO("LAW QUARTERLY") OR SO ("JOURNAL")" would solve this particular issue without providing overly broad results.


I agree with Owley. Why only schools with supposedly "ranked" environmental law programs? What a waste of time.

Jonathan H. Adler

The list is particularly odd in that it omits people who are quite productive in environmental law but who are not at programs that make the list. I'm thinking of folks like James Salzman (Duke), Doug Kysar (Yale), Thomas Merrill (Columbia), Alex Klass (Minnesota), Victor Flatt (UNC), Tom McGarity (Texas), and William Buzbee (Emory). Any list that excludes all these folks isn't really measuring the "most productive environmental law scholars."


Robin Craig

I'm happy to make the list, but my my count I've published more like 15-16 articles from 2005-2009.

Robin Craig

Alex Camacho

Adding to Jonathan's list (and in addition to Jonathan himself), how about David Dana, Dan Tarlock, Buzz Thompson, Bob Percival, Jody Freeman, Ollie Houck, Brad Karkkainen, ...

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