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Ling-Yee Huang | CLIMAS

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Fellow, Climate Assessment for the Southwest

Yee Huang is a 2014 recipient of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) Climate & Society Graduate Fellows Program. Yee is an M.S. student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona and a researcher at the Water Resources Research Center.

Yee received a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Rice University. Prior to moving to Tucson, Yee worked as a policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, D.C., providing legal analysis of the Clean Water Act and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and developing legal frameworks for climate change adaptation and protecting ecosystem services. She is interested in promoting scientific literacy in the legal community, ensuring better communication between scientists and policymakers, and crafting scientifically sound laws and policies.

Yee's CLIMAS Fellows project is Achieving Scientific Literacy in the Classroom: A Climate Science and Law Curriculum. As the overlap between climate science and law expands, collaboration between the two fields is paramount. This project involves developing an integrated climate science and climate law curriculum for the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. The goal is to expose law students to the process and methods of climate science and science in general and to climate change litigation that relies on this information. The final curriculum will be a template that can be adapted for other law schools, practitioners, lawmakers, and the judiciary.