Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Pitt and Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta

Jennifer Pitt, and Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta

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Jennifer Pitt is director of National Audubon Society’s Colorado River Program, where she works to protect and restore rivers. She is a leading advocate for the United States–Mexico collaboration to restore the longdesiccated Colorado River Delta, and serves as the U.S. co-chair of the binational work group whose partners will, through 2026, implement existing treaty commitments providing environmental fows and habitat creation. Prior to joining Audubon, she worked at the Environmental Defense Fund where she collaborated with Colorado River stakeholders to produce the unprecedented Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study, the frst federal assessment of climate change impacts in the basin and the frst basin-wide evaluation of the impacts of river system operation on water supply reliability and river health. Jennifer worked for a member of Congress and as a ranger for the National Park Service. She graduated from Harvard University and received a master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta is the Director of the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has been working in conservation and research projects in northwestern Mexico since 1997, in particular in wetland areas of the Sonoran Desert. His activities include the evaluation and recovery of birds and their habitats, the implementation of community-based restoration projects, and the creation of partnerships with governments and stakeholders for the conservation of nature. He was the Director of the Water and Wetlands Program for Pronatura Noroeste in Mexico, where he led the efforts to restore the Colorado River delta for over 20 years, including the restoration of river fows and the facilitation of binational negotiations between Mexico and the US for the Colorado River. Currently, he is the Director of the Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where he is working to develop capacity and crosscollaborative projects to protect threatened coastal habitats for communities and shorebirds along the Pacifc Flyway from Mexico to Chile. He has co-authored 32 research articles and book chapters. In 2009 he received the National Award for the Conservation of Wetlands in Mexico, in 2012 he received the Emerging Explorer Award from the National Geographic Society, and in 2014 he received the Sonoran Desert Conservation Award. He obtained a BSc in Biochemical Engineering and Marine Sciences from ITESM Campus Guaymas and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021