Molly Bruce

UC Berkeley School of Law

Research Fellow, Wheeler Water Institute


Molly is a Research Fellow with the Wheeler Water Institute at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). Her work at CLEE concentrates on groundwater recharge innovation under California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Specifically, Molly seeks to understand the institutional hurdles that stymie effective stewardship of natural resources as well as the role interdisciplinarity can play in overcoming these hurdles. Prior to CLEE, Molly worked with organizations like the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, the North Carolina Conservation Network, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the North Carolina Department of Justice on state-level policy intersections between water and energy. Molly also tackled more technical work through projects based out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and the Marine Robotics & Remote Sensing Lab, using remotely-sensed data derived from drones and satellites to address water quality and climate questions. Molly holds a JD and Master’s degree from Duke University and a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill.

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