Robert R.M. Verchick
Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Rob Verchick is one of the nation’s leading scholars in disaster and climate change law and a former EPA official in the Obama administration. He holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola. He is also a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience at Tulane University and the President of the Center for Progressive Reform, a think tank focused on public health and the environment. He has written more than 60 articles and four books, including the award-winning, Facing Catastrophe. His work has appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the environmental law reviews at Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley. He has taught as a visiting professor at Yale University, Peking University, and Aarhus University in Denmark and has received teaching awards at Loyola, Tulane, and Harvard. A popular speaker, he has addressed audiences throughout the country and on nearly every continent. His podcast, CPR’s Connect the Dots, offers straight talk with policy experts on many topics. Committed to “place-based” analysis, he has paddled swamps, scaled glaciers, and dived among endangered corals, all to understand what is at stake and how to protect the things we need—and love. In a project funded by the Australian government, Verchick is currently helping to develop a governance framework for the Australian power sector, as it prepares for the impacts of climate disruption.