Juris Doctor, University of California, Davis. She was a legislative assistant in the office of California State Senator and then Congressman Anthony C. Belilenson working to create the California Coastal Act and the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. She then served as an appellate attorney in the Department of Justice, and later taught at the Center for Northern Studies in Vermont and at Dartmouth College. She also served on the Vermont Water Resources Board before returning to California.
Osherenko’s research focuses on coastal and ocean law and policy including property rights and sea tenure, the public trust doctrine, marine spatial planning, and the California coastal management regime. She was a principal investigator in the NCEAS working group on Ocean Ecosystem-Based Management: the role of zoning. Prior to moving to California, her research focused on the Arctic region. She has published extensively on co-management of natural resources and indigenous peoples in Siberia, the Northern Sea Route, Canada and Alaska. She is currently exploring the use of film and media in environmental education and has had two films in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival including Dark Side of the Loon www.darksideoftheloon.com and Arctic Expedition www.FilmsfromtheNorth.com.