Levin College of Law

Mary Jane Angelo

Samuel T. Dell Professor
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Environmental and Land Use Law Program

Mailing Address:
Box #12345 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0944


Agricultural Law  • Environmental Law  • Sustainability  • Water Law  • Wetlands  • 


Mary Jane Angelo is the Samuel T. Dell Professor, Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She is also Affiliate Faculty in both the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Water Institute. Professor Angelo has published extensively on a variety of environmental law topics including pesticide law, endangered species law, water and wetlands law, sustainable agriculture, the regulation of genetically modified organisms, and the relationship between law and science. Her articles have been published in the Texas Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, and Environmental Law. In 2013, she published two books: FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (with William S. Eubanks and Jason Czarnezki, Environmental Law Institute 2013) and THE LAW AND ECOLOGY OF PESTICIDES AND PEST MANAGEMENT (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013).

Professor Angelo Has served on two National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committees: The Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress; and the Committee on Ecological Risk Assessment under FIFRA and the ESA. She regularly presents her work at academic and professional conferences throughout the U.S. and in other parts of the world, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Belize and Poland. She is also a Member-Scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining academia, Professor Angelo practiced as an environmental lawyer for many years. She served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator and Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and as Senior Assistant General Counsel for the St. Johns River Water Management District in Florida.

Her substantial environmental law practice has included water law, wetlands law, endangered species law, pesticides law, biotechnology law, and hazardous and toxic substances law. She received her B.S., with High Honors, in biological sciences from Rutgers University, and both her M.S., in Entomology, and J.D., with Honors, from the University of Florida.


J.D., University of Florida College of Law (honors)
M.S., University of Florida
B.S., Rutgers University (high honors)

Teaching & Scholarship

Environmental Law, Water Law, Administrative Law, Biotechnology Law, Dispute Resolution, Pesticides Law, Law & Science, Legal Ethics, Agricultural Policy and the Environment, Wildlife Protection Law

Professional Activities

  • Promoted to Full Professor in 2010
  • Promoted to Associate Professor in 2007
  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2004 as Assistant Professor
  • Adjunct Professor (1998-2002) University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL
  • Summer Faculty (2000-present) Vermont Law School
  • Senior Assistant General Counsel (1995-2004) St. Johns River Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, Palatka, FL
  • Attorney (1990-1995) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Washington, D.C.
  • Attorney (1988-1990) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator, Washington, D.C.


Administrative Law - LAW 6520
  • Analysis of the administrative process, with an emphasis on the activities of federal regulatory agencies. Topics include legislative delegations of authority to agencies, executive branch controls, rulemaking and adjudicatory procedures, due process rights, and the scope of judicial review of administrative decision making.
Environmental Law - LAW 6470
  • Introduction to modern environmental regulation and its foundations, covering common law precursors to environmental law and a survey of major regulatory issues and techniques, focusing on the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, with examples drawn from other statutes such as the Clean Air Act.
Introduction to Lawyering and the Legal Profession - LAW 5755
  • This course acquaints students with the defining attributes of the legal profession including a code of ethics and assumption of duties to clients, the justice system, and society. Focuses on the evolving nature of legal services, types of law practices, and demographics of the legal profession and the skills required for law practice.
Water Law - LAW 6492
  • This course will focus on two major common law systems of surface water allocation followed in the United States and of modern statutory systems (with special focus on Florida's statutory scheme). Other topics may include groundwater regulation, the public trust doctrine, the bottled water industry, and current issues in Florida.
Bioethics & the Law - LAW 6722
  • This course explores the legal and policy issues surrounding such topics as assisted reproductive technologies, human and embryonic research, medical decision-making, access to health care, public health and infectious disease, and end of life issues.



  • The Law of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (Foundation Press Treatise 2020) (with John S. Applegate, Jan G. Laitos & Geffrey M. Gaba) [link]
  •  Research Handbook on Climate Change and Agricultural Law (Edward Elgar 2017) (with Anel Du Pleissis) [link]
  • The Law and Ecology of Pesticides and Pest Management (Ashgate 2013)
  • Food, Agriculture and Environmental Law (Environmental Law Institute 2013) (with Jason J. Czarnezki and William S. Eubanks II) [link]

Book Chapters

  • “Untangling the Climate-Food Web: Achieving Food Security and Agricultural Climate-Resilience,” in Research Handbook on Climate Change and Agricultural Law (Edward Elgar 2017) [link]
  • “Breaking Our Pesticide Addiction: A 12-Step Program for Ecologically-Based Pest Management,” in From Farm-to-Fork: Growing Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century (University of Akron 2016)
  • “An Overview of the Modern Farm Bill” (with Joanna Reilly-Brown), “The Environmental Impacts of Industrial Fertilizers and Toxic Pesticides” (with Seth Hennes), “The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act,” “Agriculture and the Clean Water Act” (with James F. Choate) and “Into the Future: Building a Sustainable and Resilient Agricultural System for a Changing Global Environment,” in Food, Agriculture, and the Environment: History, Law, and Sustainability (co-editor with Jason J. Czarnezki and William S. Eubanks II)(ELI Press 2013)
  • “Survey of Florida Water Law” in Waters and Water Rights (Robert E. Beck, ed.) (Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.) (2012 update)
  • “Water Quality Regulations and Policy Evolution” (with Kati Migliaccio) in Water Quality, Concepts, Sampling, and Analysis (Yuncong Li and Kati Migliaccio, eds.) (CRC Press, 2011)


  • Integrated Estuary Governance, 45 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L & Pol’y Rev. (forthcoming 2020) (with J.W. Glass).
  • Discordant Environmental Laws: Using Statutory Flexibility and Multi-Objective Optimization to Reconcile Conflicting Laws, 38 Stan. Envtl. L. J. 165 (2019) [SSRN]
  • Food Security, Industrialized Agriculture and a Changing Global Climate: Perspectives on the U.S. and Cuba, 29 Fla. J. Int’l. L. 133 (2017) [SSRN]
  • Whole System Agricultural Certification: Building a Resilient System to Adapt to Climate Change, 85 U. Colo. L. Rev. 689 (2014) (with Joanna Reilly Brown) [SSRN]
  • Maintaining a Healthy Water Supply While Growing a Healthy Food Supply: Legal Tools for Cleaning Up Agricultural Water Pollution, 62 Kan. L. Rev. 1003 (2014) (with Jon Morris) [SSRN]
  • Small, Slow and Local: Essays on Building a More Sustainable and Local Food System,” 12 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 1 (2011)
  • Corn, Carbon and Conservation: Rethinking U.S. Agricultural Policy in a Changing Global Environment, 17 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 93 (2010) [SSRN]
  • Modernizing Water Law: The Example of Florida, 61 Fla. L. Rev. 403 (2009) (with Christine Klein and Richard Hamann) [SSRN]
  • Stumbling Toward Success: A Story of Adaptive Law and Ecological Resilience, 87 Neb. L. Rev. 950 (2009) [SSRN]
  • The Killing Fields: Reducing the Casualties in the Battle Between U.S. Species Protection Law and U.S. Pesticide Law, 32 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 95 (2008) [SSRN]
  • Harnessing the Power of Science in Environmental Law: Why We Should, Why We Don’t and How We Can, 86 Tex. L. Rev. 1527 (2008) [SSRN]
  • Regulating Evolution for Sale: An Evolutionary Biology Model for Regulating the Unnatural Selection of Genetically Modified Organisms, 42 Wake Forest L. Rev. 93 (2007) [SSRN]
  • Incorporating Emergy Synthesis into Environmental Law: An Integration of Ecology, Economics and Law, 37 Envtl. L. 963 (2007) (with Mark T. Brown) [SSRN]
  • Embracing Uncertainty, Complexity and Change to Protect Ecological Integrity: An Eco-Pragmatic Reinvention of a First Generation Environmental Law, 33 Ecology L. Q. 105 (2006) [SSRN]

Other Publications

  • Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Seventh Biennial Review, 2018, Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress, The National Academies Press Washington, D.C. (with Committee, 2018).
  • Options to Reduce High Volume Freshwater Flows to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Move More Water from Lake Okeechobee to the Southern Everglades, An Independent Technical Review by the University of Florida Water Institute (with Wendy D. Graham, Thomas K. Frazer, Peter C. Frederick, Karl E. Havens, and K. Ramesh Reddy) (2015) [SSRN]
  • Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: the Fourth Biennial Review (with Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress), National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences (2012)
  • Reclaiming Global Environmental Leadership: Why the United States Should Ratify Ten Pending Environmental Treaties” (with Rebecca Bratspies, David Hunter, John H. Knox, Noah Sachs, and Sandra Zellmer) Center for Progressive Reform White Paper No. 1201 (2012) [SSRN]