Time to get nerdy! For our July installment of the Outdoor Nerds Unite Speaker Series we welcome Dr. Lydia Lawhon to discuss wolves and wolf policy. She’ll discuss the conflicts over wolf management, primarily at the community and state level. Dr. Lawhon will also discuss how this applies to the future of wolves in Colorado.
This series takes an academic look at adventure and environmental related themes. FERAL is bringing together thought leaders from a myriad of fields, and outdoor junkies for experimental conversations on varying topics. Each month we will bring in a different speaker to share their expertise with the outdoor community.
More about the speaker:
Lydia’s talk will focus on the history and political dimensions of wolf management in Wyoming. Wyoming’s wolves ricocheted on and off the Endangered Species list a number of times over the past decade, with their final delisting taking place in May of 2017. Lydia’s dissertation research focused on the implications of changing ESA status to stakeholders working in western Wyoming, including conservation groups, ranchers and outfitters, and agency management personnel. Though her work was specific to the context of Wyoming, she will highlight lessons learned that are broadly applicable to thinking about conflicts over natural resource policy and management, particularly where federal actions play out at the local scale.
Lydia Lawhon, PhD, is the environmental policy specialization faculty lead for the Masters of the Environment professional program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches courses on environmental policy, public lands policy & management, and environmental thought. Her research interests have their roots in skiing around western Wyoming working on the Wyoming Wolf Recovery Project in the mid-2000s. She is interested in finding ways to address conflicts over natural resource management and find common ground among diverse stakeholders. Her doctoral dissertation focused on wolf management in Wyoming. Current projects involve grizzly bears, wildfire planning, and outdoor recreation. She uses several methods of inquiry in her work, including interviews, surveys, and participatory mapping. Lydia is also a research associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC) in Jackson, WY.