Lottie is a joint degree student with the Jackson Institute and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She graduated from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) in 2014 with a joint degree in law and science, majoring in biological sciences and philosophy. From early 2014 until starting at Yale in fall 2017, Lottie worked in the litigation team of one of New Zealand’s top law firms. During this time, Lottie also completed a Master of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand), where she focused on international and environmental law.
Her research topics included investigating whether New Zealand should require its listed companies to report on their environmental impacts, compliance and enforcement of international law, and the potential legal implications under New Zealand’s international investment agreements if New Zealand decided to stop fossil fuel extraction in its territory. Lottie attended the climate talks in Paris in 2015 as a youth observer and then again in Marrakech in 2016 where she acted as policy advisor to the New Zealand Youth Delegation. In 2017, Lottie received a Fulbright New Zealand award to support her graduate studies. At Yale, Lottie is focusing on sustainable food systems and international trade in the context of climate change.