Robin Craig

James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law


Robin Kundis Craig is the James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also affiliated faculty of the College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment and the University’s Global Change and Sustainability Center and serves on the Executive Board of the University of Utah’s Water Center. Professor Craig specializes in all things water, including the relationships between climate change and water; water and energy; the Clean Water Act; the intersection of water issues and land issues; marine biodiversity and marine protected areas; water law; and the relationships between environmental law and public health.  She is the author, co-author, or editor of 11 books, including The End of Sustainability (Kansas University Press 2017), Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar 2012), The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (ELI 2nd Ed. 2009), Environmental Law in Context (Thomson/West 4th Ed. 2016), Toxic and Environmental Torts (Thomson/West 2010), and Modern Water Law (Foundation Press 2d ed. 2018). She has also written or co-written over 100 law review and science articles and book chapters.  Professor Craig is an elected member of American Law Institute and a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law. She has served on five National Academy of Sciences Committees; has consulted on water quality issues with the government of Victoria, Australia, and the Council on Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and was one of 12 marine educators chosen to participate in a 2010 program in the Papahanamokuakea Marine National Monument, spending a week on Midway Atoll.  Professor Craig is also active in the American Bar Association’s Section on Environmental, Energy, and Resources and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. At the University of Utah, she teaches Environmental Law, Water Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, Toxic Torts, and Property.

Title: Resilience Thinking for Great Salt Lake in the Anthropocene

Thursday, May 10th, 8:50 AM

Abstract: The Anthropocene challenges our ability to manage natural resources based on past behavior or for sustainability goals. This talk examines the future of Great Salt Lake management from a resilience theory perspective, illustrating how resilience thinking can provide a different framework for discussing management goals and trade-offs in a changing climate and population base.


Why We Care

  • We live along the Great Salt Lake, one of the most extraordinary natural features in North America. I do not believe we, as a community, have honored its rarity. Our lack of intimacy toward this inland sea is not out of neglect, but of ignorance. We do not know the nature of this vast body of water that sparkles and sings. If we did, the shores of the Great Salt Lake would look different.

    Terry Tempest Williams, FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Advisory Board