David Stuart (2019)

3rd Annual Leopold Lecture Writing Contest Awards Ceremony featuring David E. Stuart


David Stuart is an internationally recognized anthropologist whose most cited books are Prehistoric New Mexico, Anasazi America, The Ancient Southwest, and Pueblos People of the Pajarito Plateau. He earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of New Mexico and served many years at UNM as associate provost for academic affairs. Dr. Stuart served as acting president of the School for Advanced Research (SAR) and has been a lecturer at SAR and in Edinburgh, London, Mexico City, and at the Sorbonne in Paris.

The Leopold Writing Program seeks effective and inclusive ways to engage the next generation of citizen leaders in the urgent conversation about how to address the changing realities brought about by climate disruption, biodiversity loss, growing freshwater demands, and other global conservation issues. The MISSION of the Leopold Writing Program is to build on Leopold’s legacy as a writer by inspiring young people to participate in the evolution of environmental ethics through the written word.

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David Parsons (2018)

2nd Annual Leopold Lecture Writing Contest Awards Ceremony featuring David Parsons


David Parsons is a career Wildlife Biologist, with a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology.  From 1990 to 1999 he led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program.  Dave's interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and wildlands conservation at scales that fully support ecological and evolutionary processes.  Dave advises organizations and coalitions advocating for carnivore conservation and coexistence and landscape-scale habitat and biodiversity conservation.  Dave currently serves as the Carnivore Conservation Biologist for The Rewilding Institute and on the Science Advisory Committee for Project Coyote.  Aldo Leopold is one of Dave’s most respected conservation heroes.

Barry Lopez (2017)

First Annual Leopold Lecture Featuring Barry Lopez


Barry Lopez is the author of 14 works of fiction and nonfiction, and he has traveled through more than 80 countries in the course of his work. His books include Of Wolves and Men, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Arctic Dreams, a National Book Award winner. He is also the author of Crow and Weasel, an allegory set in myth time and a New York Times bestseller. Among his short story collections are Light Action in the Caribbean and Resistance. He is the recipient of numerous literary and cultural honors, including Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, and awards from the Association of American Geographers, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The New York Public Library, and the Explorers Club.

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