Patricia Estrella

Patricia Estrella

Representative, New Mexico
Field Conservation

Areas of Expertise: Endangered Species Act, wildlife policy, wildlife biology and conservation

Patricia is passionate about protecting endangered species and rallying people to the cause. Her work at Defenders involves advocating for science-based protections for wildlife in New Mexico. She works at the state and federal levels to champion for comprehensive protections for the Mexican Gray Wolf.

Patricia came to Defenders after receiving her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon. While at Lewis & Clark, Patricia clerked for the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species Program. She also participated in the International Animal and Environmental Law Clinic, where she prepared Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species listing petitions for several species.

Patricia holds B.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana (2017) and Biology from the University of New Mexico. She also holds a B.A. degree in Spanish from the University of New Mexico.

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