Joint J.D./ Ph.D. Student
University of Miami

Kristen Ranges joined Dr. Martin Grosell’s lab at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS) in the summer of 2019 to work on the RECOVER project. Kristen is a joint J.D./Ph.D. student, earning her law degree from UM’s School of Law and Ph.D. from UM’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. She started her higher education at the University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment where she majored in marine sciences with a concentration in biology and minored in public policy. After research-based experiences in the field of marine biology, she decided to expand her knowledge of marine science and learn more about conservation of the marine environment through policy and law. Kristen is fostering this interest at the University of Miami School of Law through courses in environmental, coastal, and maritime law, as well as a year-long legal externship with a local non-profit, Miami Waterkeeper. Kristen, wanting to further merge her passion for science and environmental law, is now pursuing the joint degree. She is excited to work on the RECOVER project, specifically, further understanding the effects of oil exposure on fish swim performance and impacts on population dynamics, then use this information to create a framework for speedier and more efficient legal recourse and recovery following disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.