Royal Gardner

Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Professor Royal C. Gardner is the director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. Recent projects include coauthoring an Amicus brief on behalf of wetland scientists in the Clean Water Rule litigation, advising the Government of Oman regarding wetland policy, and creating an interdisciplinary course that facilitates discourse among experienced scientists, policymakers, and students. His research and scholarship focus on U.S. and international wetland legal and policy issues, with an emphasis on biodiversity offsets. He has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Professor Gardner is the current chair of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) for the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental wetland treaty with 169 countries. He also served on the Ramsar STRP as North American representative (2006–2008) and invited expert (2009–2012). He was chair of the U.S. National Ramsar Committee (2005–2008) and participated in the Ramsar Convention Conferences of the Parties held in Spain (2002), Uganda (2005), Korea (2008), Romania (2012), and Uruguay (2015). In 2006, Professor Gardner was the recipient of the National Wetlands Award for Education and Outreach. In 2016, Stetson’s Biodiversity Institute for Law and Policy won the American Bar Association’s Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award.