Kristen Fletcher is Faculty Associate-Research in the Energy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and leads the NPS Climate and Security Network (CSN). Fletcher has over 20 years of experience in environmental, ocean and coastal law and policy. Her two lines of effort at NPS are climate security and law and policy related to unmanned systems.
Fletcher’s climate security research focuses on environmental security, decarbonization, and resilience. Fletcher is the content lead for the NPS partnership with the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, co-lead of the Navy Decarbonization Research Consortium and the inaugural president of the Federal Environmental Security Consortium. Fletcher previously directed the Coastal States Organization and Sea Grant legal programs and taught courses on ocean and coastal law and fisheries law. Fletcher’s publications include law journal articles, book chapters, legal reports and an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She contributed to an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court on ocean and coastal law. She earned a BA from Auburn University, JD from Notre Dame Law School and LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.
I’m grateful that my JD and LLM prepared me with the analytical skills to tackle important work related to climate change; I use those skills every day to contribute to these global challenges.