The Mexican and Red Wolves have roamed freely years, but recently their populations have decreased exponentially. This panel will address conservation efforts for the Mexican and Red wolves, what’s working and what’s not, and how their habitats are being affected by potential new legislation. The panel will also discuss the differences between the wolves from a biological standpoint to showcase how different and how alike the two wolves really are!
- Christian Hunt
Christian Hunt is the Southeast Program Associate for Defenders of Wildlife, a national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. Christian is responsible for advancing Defenders’ conservation objectives throughout the Southeast, with a particular emphasis upon red wolf recovery. He leads Defenders red wolf campaign through grassroots advocacy, organizing and strategic communications. As a native of the state, Christian is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and has a JD from Charlotte Law and a BS in Geography from UNC-Charlotte.
- Kimberly Terrell
Kimberly Terrell earned a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology (a field of biology focused on protecting nature) from the University of New Orleans in 2011 and dual bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Political Science from Tulane University in 2005. As a Tulane student, she was awarded the University’s Environmental Stewardship Award for her work in developing Campus Cats, a program to humanely reduce local stray cat populations. Dr. Terrell’s graduate research was conducted at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Washington, DC) and focused on endangered cat species. She was subsequently awarded a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Conservation Research Fellowship to study the biological effects of climate change and help local communities protect native wildlife. Throughout her experience as a scientist, Dr. Terrell has always felt strongly connected to the culture and environment of the Gulf Coast. Inspired by this connection, Dr. Terrell joined the Environmental Law Clinic in 2018 as the Director of Community Outreach. With her knowledge of environmental issues and experience working with diverse communities, Dr. Terrell helps concerned citizens engage in environmental decision-making and access the legal resources of the Environmental Law Clinic. Dr. Terrell considers herself a native of the Mississippi River Basin, having lived most of her life in New Orleans, Chicago, and Memphis .
- Oliver Houck, Professor of Law at Tulane Law School
Oliver Houck’s specialties involve environmental, natural resources and criminal law. He is active in legal proceedings involving wildlife, wetland, coastal and pollution issues and publishes regularly on these and related topics. He has published several books, including Taking Back Eden(on environmental lawsuits abroad), Down on the Batture (on the Lower Mississippi River), The Clean Water Act TMDL Program (pollution control), and most recently Downstream Toward Home (on rivers of North America). He also has written extensively for academic journals and general interest publications. Houck served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and as National Wildlife Federation general counsel and vice president before joining the Tulane law faculty in 1981. He has since served on the boards of Defenders of Wildlife, the Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund, an advisory board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two committees of the National Science Foundation. He has also founded several public interest organizations in Louisiana and at Tulane Law School and has consulted on the development of environmental law in Cuba and other Latin American countries. Houck’s classes emphasize relationships between ecology and law, and he regularly takes students on field trips into coastal ecosystems, the Pearl and Atchafalaya swamps and other natural areas. He has received the law school’s Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teacher Award was named a recipient of the Sumter Marks Award in 2000 and 2002 for his publications. He also has been honored with the New Orleans Press Club Award, the Tulane University Graduate Teaching Award and the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Environmental Section. He has been recognized as Louisiana’s Conservationist of the Year, Gambitmagazine’s New Orleanian of the Year and the New Orleans Young Leadership Council’s Role Model of the Year.