Dr. Tommy Michot was born and raised in south Louisiana. He is of Acadian descent, and hence is a “Cajun.” He worked for 30 years as a research biologist and pilot for the US Department of the Interior, and is now on the graduate faculty at the University of Louisiana, where he serves as a Research Scientist for the Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering. He has spent his career studying wetland flora and fauna, primarily in the coastal marshes of Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico coast from Florida to Texas and Mexico, and the Caribbean coast of Guatemala and Honduras.
For nearly a decade, Juan Carlos oversaw the Northern Jaguar Reserve and attended to its day-to-day management. As Wildlands Network’s Director of Operations in Mexico, Juan Carlos Bravo works to expand the Western Wildway into the northern Sierra Madre Occidental by partnering with Mexican groups and improving Wildlands Network’s understanding of the connectivity issues in Mexico. He adapts WN’s overall strategy to a significantly different conservation landscape by applying tactics that are regionally appropriate but seek the same ultimate goal: wilderness conservation and connectivity with a focus on large landscapes and big carnivores.
Thomas Linzey is the executive director and an attorney for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has assisted close to 200 communities across the country in eight states to adopt binding local laws that elevate community rights to sustainability over corporate rights and powers.
Vince Emanuele is a writer, activist and radio journalist who lives and works in the Rust Belt. Currently he writes a weekly article for TeleSUR English and also conducts interviews with activists, authors, artists and intellectuals from around the world.
Rachael Paschal Osborn, a public interest water lawyer in Spokane, Washington, USA. She serves as senior policy advisor to the Center for Environmental Law & Policy, policy director for the Columbia Institute for Water Policy, and adjunct professor teaching Water Law at Gonzaga Law School. We talk about the Columbia, and more broadly water in the west.
Janine Blaeloch is founder and director of the Western Lands Project. She earned a degree in Environmental Studies (B.A., University of Washington), with a self-designed program focusing on Public Lands Management and Policy. Janine has been a public-land activist since 1985. She worked as an environmental planner in both the private and public sectors before founding WLP in 1997. We talk about efforts to stop the giving away of public lands to large corporations, among other things.
Norma Ramos is a long-standing social justice attorney who self-defines as an eco-feminist. She links world-wide inequality of women to the destruction of the environment. She has received many awards in recognition of her work against human trafficking.
Dave Zanatta is a malacologist, or one who studies molluscs. He is also a molecular ecologist and a conservation geneticist. He is a associate professor at Central Michigan University. Today we talk about molluscs., who are especially endangered.
Collette Adkins, Reptile and Amphibian Senior Attorney, is dedicated to protecting rare amphibians and reptiles across the country. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also earned a master’s degree in wildlife conservation. Before joining the Center, Collette was in private practice, where her pro bono work focused on preservation of endangered species and their …
Dr. Ron Sutherland is a conservation scientist with Wildlands Network, a nonprofit group dedicated to reconnecting nature in North America. A native of North Carolina, Ron received a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. We talk about red wolves. Download this episode (right click and save)