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Tim Duane

Tim Duane, '82, MS '83, PhD '89, is a professor emeritus of environmental studies at UC-Santa Cruz and an attorney with nearly four decades of professional experience in the fields of energy, climate, land use, natural resources, water, and environmental policy, planning and law. He began working in the renewable energy industry in 1979 and published his first reports discussing climate change in 1990. He is a leading expert on “greening the grid” and the regulatory permitting challenges of renewable energy development as well as issues of public land and resource management throughout the western United States. His book Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West explores how private land development in rapidly-growing rural regions threatens a wide range of environmental values as well as how planning and policy can be adopted to reduce the social conflict over such growth.

The first lecture Tim Duane attended as a freshman at Stanford was by Gil Masters on climate change—and, by the following summer, he was working in the nascent solar energy industry to try to do something about it. He has been studying and working to resolve complex energy, environmental and resource management problems now for over 40 years since that first lecture.

His research covers three broad areas: (1) climate change law and policy, emphasizing the development of renewable energy technologies; (2) public land and natural resources law and policy; and (3) land use law and political conflict in rapidly-growing regions. He has advised the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management as well as the California Secretary for Natural Resources, Energy Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and Legislature and has done research on public lands management in the west. Internationally, Professor Duane has advised the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Governments of Japan, Pakistan, and Indonesia on water and power systems planning, environment policy and management and conducted research on environmental policy and regulation throughout the world.

Tim has travelled to more than 50 countries and has led trips for Stanford Travel/Study to India, Tanzania, the National Parks of the West, Utah’s National Parks, the Path of the Vikings and Singapore, Bangkok and Angkor as well as Cal Discoveries trips to Antarctica, Patagonia, the Amazon, Morocco, the polar bears of Hudson’s Bay, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Italy and Switzerland.

"Not only was he a terrific speaker with very interesting information to share, but also his knockout personality was a big asset to our trip."

Nataly Ritter, Tanzania Family Adventure, 2017


  • Professor, environmental studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Professor, environmental planning and policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Visiting professor, Vermont Law School, Seattle University School of Law, and University of San Diego School of Law

  • Author, Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflict in the Changing West
  • Author, "Water, Work, Wildlife, and Wilderness: the Collaborative Federal Public Lands Planning Framework for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Development in the Desert Southwest"
  • Author, "Grizzly Bears, Gray Wolves and Federalism, Oh My! The Role of the Endangered Species Act in De Facto Ecosystem-Based Management in the Greater Glacier Region of Northwest Montana"
  • And more
Academic History:

  • JD, Environmental Law, 2006, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD, Civil Engineering, 1989, Stanford University
  • MS, Civil Engineering, 1983, Stanford University
  • AB, Human Biology, 1982, Stanford University

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