Alexander selected as new member of Sea Grant legal research team

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jul 20,  2017


Kristina Alexander has joined the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program as research counsel. 

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program is located at The University of Mississippi School of Law and is the legal research arm of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. It has conducted legal research, education and outreach since 1972.

As research counsel, Alexander will research law and policy issues related to coastal and marine resources and share her findings through a variety of outreach activities. She also will serve as editor of the legal program’s quarterly newsletter, Water Log.

“Kristina comes to the legal program with an extensive environmental law background and a diversity of experiences,” said Stephanie Otts, director of the the program. “She is well prepared to tackle the wide range of legal questions raised by Sea Grant stakeholders.”

Before joining Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant's Legal Program, Alexander spent eight years as a legislative attorney for the Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan legislative think tank for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. Her portfolio there included legal issues related to fish and wildlife conservation, federal lands management and other laws related to natural resources. She published reports for the Congressional Research Service on such issues as the 2010 Gulf oil spill, international whaling and migratory birds, and she has testified before Congress on the injurious species provision of Lacey Act. She also has worked for LexisNexis, researching, writing and editing legal reference books.

“The Sea Grant program gives me the chance to work with the people who are driven to make our coastal areas better,” Alexander said. “It is an opportunity to join efforts to help maintain sustainable fisheries, healthy coastlines and clean water.”

Alexander received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She can be reached at


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