The first meeting open session was held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. During the public session the committee heard from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the study sponsors, as well as a few invited speakers. The public session also included time for interested parties to give short public statements for the committee’s consideration (advanced sign-up was required)*.
*Input can also be submitted in writing through the study website. All written materials submitted to the committee will be included in the Public Access File created for the Committee and may be quoted in whole or in part in the Committee’s report with attribution.
Watch the public session recording below:
September 13, 2018: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418 | Room 120
1:00 pm Welcome
– Purpose of the session
– Study process and timeline
1:10 pm Context and Expectations for the NAS Study
– Elsa Haubold, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
– Comments from FWS will be followed by discussion with members of the committee.
2:00 pm Considerations for the Science and the Potential Societal Implications of the Study Outcomes
2:00 pm What kinds of evidence do we need and use (at a minimum) to determine a species in consideration of evolution and hybridization?
– Scott Edwards, Harvard University (by video conference)
2:20 pm What evidence do we have and/or need to help determine the taxonomic status of the Mexican gray wolf (e.g. ancestry, genetics, reproductive behavior, demography)?
– Robert Wayne, University of California Los Angeles (by video conference)
2:40 pm What evidence do we have and/or need to help determine taxonomic status of the red wolf (e.g. ancestry, genetics, reproductive behavior, demography)?
– Lisette Waits, University of Idaho (by video conference)
3:00 pm What are Social and legal implications of/considerations for scientific deliberation about the taxonomy of extant species
– Holly Doremus, UC Berkeley Law School
3:20 pm Committee discussion with the speakers
4:00 pm Break
4:15 pm Public Comments. Members of the public are invited to share evidence and views they would like for the committee to take into consideration. Advanced sign-up is required.
5:00 pm Adjourn Open Session