Barton "Buzz" Thompson
Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Robert E. Paradise Professor in Natural Resources Law
Center for Ocean Solutions, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Global Freshwater Initiative, Water in the West
Professor Thompson's research focuses on the sustainable use of natural resources and the effective reform of regulatory institutions. The author of several books on water, the environment, and property, Professor Thompson has published articles on such diverse topics as water markets, fisheries management, biodiversity protection, land conservation, the use of economics and market tools in environmental regulation, and cognitive barriers to resource management.
Thompson is chairman of the board of the Resources Legacy Fund and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, a California trustee for The Nature Conservancy, and a board member of both the American Farmland Trust and the Sonoran Institute. He previously served as a member of the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2008, the Supreme Court appointed Thompson to serve as the special master in Montana v. Wyoming (137 Original).
Environmental Venture Projects
News & Press Releases
Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Buzz Thompson states that while technology is part of the solution, moisture farming is not a viable solution on the large scale at this time.
By Larry O'Hanlon,
Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Buzz Thompson discusses the intricacies of California water rights.
By Lauren Sommer,
Op-ed by Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Buzz Thompson on merits of California's Proposition 1
By Barton “Buzz” Thompson,