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Millennial Insights on Trump Era Science and Conservation

 Millennial Insights on Trump Era Science and Conservation

On November 10, 2016, as Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, I hosted an informal brownbag lunch to discuss the impacts of the presidential election on science and conservation. Unsurprisingly, a crowd of mostly millennials packed our Boston office conference room.

A Millennial Land Ethic: Or What Would Leopold Do Today?

A Millennial Land Ethic: Or What Would Leopold Do Today?

In the mid-1940s, American conservationist and wildlife biologist Aldo Leopold articulated his now-famous land ethic statement, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.

In Extinction’s Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change

In Extinction’s Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change

Then there was the radio-tagged young male wolverine who a few years back summited the highest mountain in Glacier National Park, ascending the last 4,900 feet up a sheer, nearly vertical ice rampart in less than 90 minutes.

Endangered Species Act Caught in Congressional Crosshairs

 Endangered Species Act Caught in Congressional Crosshairs

The most powerful environmental law on Earth, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), is under the gravest assault it has ever faced. Last week I spent time in Washington, DC briefing US congressional leaders on ESA threats and brainstorming about how to safeguard this venerable law.

El Lobo’s Uncertain Future

 El Lobo’s Uncertain Future

In 1977, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) contracted Roy McBride to capture wild Mexican wolves in Mexico to begin a breeding program for this nearly extinct subspecies of gray wolf.