Dr. Sharon Wilcox serves as the Senior Texas Representative for the environmental nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife. She has dedicated her efforts to the study, conservation and restoration of the native wild cats that call the U.S.-Mexico borderlands home, including the jaguar, jaguarundi, and ocelot. She leads Defenders’ ocelot conservation program in the Rio Grande Valley.
Dr. Wilcox’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, The Guardian, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Nature and on Texas Public Radio.
She is the co-author of the book, Historical Animal Geographies, and has written a number of scholarly articles and book chapters examining contemporary and historical interactions of humans and wild cats in the borderlands. Her research has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Wilcox received her Ph.D. in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin. She is an Associate Professor of Practice in Geography and Sustainability at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.
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