Alex Erwin is a J.D.-Ph.D. student concurrently enrolled in both the Genetics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program and the James E. Rogers College of Law. Alex aims to use this dual degree path to work at the intersection of science and public policy. As a conservation geneticist, his research focuses on using genetics to inform conservation and management decisions of wild populations. In his graduate school career, he has worked with a wide range of species, including: mountain lions, prairie dogs, Anodontid mussels, bighorn sheep, Sonoran pronghorn, and tick-borne disease in both crested caracara and antelope jackrabbits. For his dissertation, he is utilizing cutting edge genomic techniques to elucidate black-tailed prairie dog taxonomy, in furtherance of reintroducing the species back into its former range, and to examine the effects of sport hunting on mountain lion population structure. As a law student, his interests are focused on environmental law, specifically combining his passions for science, wildlife management, public policy, and the law. Alex is an Associate Editor for the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, and this summer will intern with EarthJustice in Anchorage, Alaska.