Kera Abraham (USA) Fellow

Abraham is the assistant editor at Monterey County Weekly, an independent, alternative newspaper on the Central Coast of California. She has been a full-time staff reporter for alternative weeklies since August 2004, specializing in both short-form news and long-form narrative on environmental topics including forestry, pesticides, eco-sabotage, land use, water supply and the oceans. Her recent honors include a first-place award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in 2011 and a first-place award from the Society for Environmental Journalists in 2010. She can be reached via Email.

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Femi Amele (Nigeria) Associate

Amele is a journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria with a background in public health and science journalism. Also a strategic management analyst, from accredited Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria and served as news anchor and producer at Nnamdi Azikwe University, Radio Station (UNIZIK FM) South East Nigeria. Amele has spoken on the platforms of United Nations Development program (UNDP) and other governmental parastatals, on issues of science advocacy and strategic communication for developing societies such as Nigeria. A recipient of an international volunteer award by GIVE Network and Canadian International Development Agency and a former press coordinator for awarding winning organization, Development Communications Network. Amele is a Member of Nigerian Association of Science Journalists and presently writes for News Science Journalism Online and contributes to the fastest growing news portal in Nigeria, as writer, online broadcaster and producer. He may be contacted via Email.

Mike Anderson (USA) Associate

Anderson had earned several awards for writing and producing advertising campaigns since 1977. Now he’s more interested in writing to help preserve and conserve natural places. Anderson publishes two blogs: and Anderson is a firm believer that the power of writing can be very effective in wilderness preservation. Using his writing and photographs he is sure that if someone is introduced to the charm, character, and beauty of a place, they are less likely to abuse, and more likely to preserve it.

Joaquín Araújo (Spain) Fellow

Araújo is considered one of the foremost naturalists in Spain. A journalist, documentary filmmaker, lecturer, and farmer he is the author of more than 87 books. Araújo’s opinion is considered critical in the issue of environmental journalism. He has worked simultaneously in Spanish television, national radio, and newspapers with the emphasis of showing the importance of environmental protection in everyday life. Araújo was awarded the Wilderness Writing Award in 2013.

Fitrian Ardiansyah (Indonesia) Fellow

Ardiansyah is a former advisor and program director for climate and energy, WWF-Indonesia. He was one of the experts contributing to the Indonesia Forest Climate Alliance (IFCA) and a member of the Indonesian Official Delegates to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ardiansyah was also adjunct lecturer at the Post Graduate School of Diplomacy of the Universitas Paramadina and a member of the executive board of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). He is currently conducting his doctoral research at the Crawford School of Economics and Government, the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, with the support from Australian Leadership Award and Allison Sudradjat Award. His recent publication includes: “Risk and resilience in cross-border areas”, in: Lorraine Elliott, Mely Caballero-Anthony (Eds.): Human Security and Climate Change in Southeast Asia (New York: Routledge, 2011). He also regularly writes articles for reputable media in Asia-Pacific, such as the Jakarta Post, the Strait Times, Asia Views, Inside Indonesia and East Asia Forum. For more information please visit his blog. He may be contacted via Email.

Tina Armstrong-Ogbonna (Nigeria) Associate

She is a passionate journalist who started her media career in January 2009 under the tutelage of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) training school in Lagos. She has undergone courses in presentation and journalism and has had a brief stint with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Channels Television in 2009. Armstrong-Ogbonna also worked with Florish Media: a production outfit, as a field reporter and production assistant in packaging of Maritime Documentaries, and as metro reporter with Tentacle News Magazine. Presently, she is a reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), working as a correspondent on the Maritime and Environment Beat, and a media officer with an NGO (21st Century) in Lagos. Armstrong-Ogbonna is highly energetic, a part-time aerobics coach, adventurous and fun-loving. Her Hobbies include multi-tasking, traveling and listening to music. She may be reached via Email.

Lane Ashfeldt (UK) Fellow

Ashfeldt is a fiction writer and tutor of creative writing with the Open University. Her short fiction is often set within rural and coastal landscapes, and has themes that invite the reader to ponder on the natural world and the place of humans within it. Ashfeldt’s stories have won the Fish Short Histories Prize and the Global Short Stories prize, and have been performed at internationally literary events and broadcast on the radio. Her audio flash story Wild in the Country can be downloaded at 4’33″magazine. Another of her stories, this one featuring a scientist who works on conservation issues but feels displaced on an emotional level, may be read online at Ashfeldt's debut collection of short fiction, SaltWater, set in disparate coastal landscapes around the world (Liberties Press, 2014). Ashfeldt grew up in Ireland and currently lives in Wales. Website

Bill Bainbridge (South Africa) Fellow

Dr. Bainbridge is a professional nature conservationist and a resource planner. He has served in a professional capacity in three nature conservation agencies, in Zambia and KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. His last post prior to retirement was Head of Planning of the Natal Parks Board. Bainbridge has been involved with the administration and management of some of the most important protected areas in Southern Africa including the Luangwa complex, and the Kafue National Park in Zambia. Bainbridge is best known in South Africa for his work in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg in the area that has become known as the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, and for his work in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park World Heritage Site. He was responsible for preparing the nomination proposals of the four Drakensberg wilderness areas, including the first legally proclaimed wilderness on the African Continent, as well as areas now listed as wilderness zones of the Greater St Lucia Wetland ParkWorld Heritage Site. Following his retirement, Bainbridge was part of a consortium responsible for the establishment of three new protected areas in Lesotho for the Lesotho Government, including Bokong Nature Reserve, Liphofung Cultural Heritage Site, and Tsehlanyane National Park. The last area contains a wilderness zone. Dr. Bainbridge played a significant role in providing comment to the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas and Biodiversity Bills, now assented into law, on behalf of environmental NGOs known as the Environmental 12 Consortium. This included the formulation of written comment, as well as addressing the parliamentary portfolio committees of both the National as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Assemblies. Dr. Bainbridge has attended nearly all of the nine World Wilderness Congresses, and has presented papers at five of them. He has also published papers on wilderness conservation in the International Journal of Wilderness, and other publications. Dr. Bainbridge is the recipient of a number of international and local awards including an honorary doctorate (LL.D, h.c.) from the University of Natal; WILD man lifetime achievement by the WILD Foundation at the 7th World Wilderness Congress; the Silver Medal of the Game Rangers Association of Africa, 2005; and Conservationist of the Year by the Wildlife Society, 1995.

Jennifer Balmer (USA) Fellow

Dr. Balmer is a former marine biologist turned freelance writer who uses her science background to bring attention to under-reported environmental health and conservation issues with a particular focus on arctic and ocean ecosystems and their “charasmatic megafauna.” She is a member of both the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists and her work can be found at Science Magazine and Audubon, among other publications. She currently lives on Wadmalaw Island. South Carolina and can be reached via email, through her personal website, or followed on Twitter.

Ananda Banerjee (India) Fellow

Banerjee is an award winning conservation journalist, author, graphic designer and documentary photographer. In his 20 year professional career he also has contributed to several books, magazines, galleries and museums around the globe: Grosvenor Gallery, London; National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis), Leiden; World Water Exhibition, Hague; Water Asia Exhibition, New Delhi, International Crane Foundation, Wisconsin to name a few. Banerjee writes for Mint (launched in association with The Wall Street Journal / livemint) and is associated with Global Tiger Forum and Environment Law and Development Foundation. He is FEJI-ATREE (Forum of Environmental Journalists of India – Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment) Media Fellow. His recent work can be accessed here. He can be reached on twitter; email, Website,; Flipkart:.

Bob Baron (USA) Founding Fellow

Baron, founder and president of Fulcrum Publishing, is a historian, scientist, and the author or contributor to 25 books. He was program manager for the Mariner II (Venus) and the Mariner IV (Mars) onboard space computers. In 1971, he founded Prime Computer, which became one of the Fortune 500 largest American companies, and was its first president and chief executive officer, building a worldwide business. He is chairman emeritus of The WILD Foundation.

Charlotte Baron (USA) Associate

Chairman of the Board of the WILD Foundation, Baron is a lover of nature, conservation, travel and is an avid birder. She is also a champion of reading and literacy and has served or is serving on various library boards. Baron is also an appreciator of cultural diversity and is a board member or trustee of many local cultural facilities or organizations.

Guilherme Baron (Brazil) Associate

Baron has a passion for nature and for the ethics of conservation. He has degrees in philosophy and finance management. In Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil where he lives, he is planting trees and teaching children the importance of nature and the need for its care and conservation.

Carolyn Barry (Australia) Fellow

Barry is online editor of Australian Geographic, based in Sydney. Most recently, she has written a feature in the magazine about illegal wildlife trade in Australia. She has a B.Sc/B.Ed from the University of Queensland and an MA in journalism from the University of Colorado, where she lived for three years. She has written for publications such as National Geographic News, Rocky Mountain News, Science News (where she did a stint at the DC-based publication) and Cosmos Magazine (an Australian science mag). She was editor of Australian environment lifestyle publication, G Magazine before moving to Australian Geographic. She has reported on, and occasionally photographed science and nature stories from discovery of new species, to conservation, environment and travel issues. One of her memorable assignments was traveling to Sumatra to catch a glimpse of a few of the only 6000 remaining orangutans in the wild.

Carol Ann Bassett (USA) Fellow

Bassett is the author of three works of literary nonfiction: Galápagos at the Crossroads: Pirates, Biologists, Tourists, and Creationists Battle for Darwin’s Cradle of Evolution; A Gathering of Stones: Journeys to the Edges of a Changing World (a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction), and Organ Pipe: Life on the Edge (Desert Places series). Bassett’s essays have been anthologized in the American Nature Writing series. Her collection of poetry, After the Wave, will be out in 2011. Bassett spent 16 years as a full-time freelance writer and was a regular contributor to The New York Times and Time-Life, Inc., and was an independent producer for National Public Radio. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Condé Nast Traveler, and dozens of other national publications. Bassett is an Internal Advisory Board member for the UNESCO (USA) Center for Intercultural Dialogue. She teaches environmental writing and literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon. Website

Jacalyn Beales (Canada)Fellow

Beales is a freelance writer and wildlife advocate based in Toronto, Canada. In 2014, she founded PACH (People Against Canned Hunting) in an effort to help educate others on the exploitation of African lions. For several years, she has contributed to and written for various environmental publications, with a focus on wildlife conservation. As founder and editor-in-chief at Out of Wilderness Magazine, Jacalyn seeks to encourage the discourse on topics regarding the conservation of the planet and its wildlife. She is proud to be an editor for Selva Beat, the world's first vegan + palm-free magazine, as well as a member of the Ethical Writer's Coalition, ALECC and the ILCW. In her spare time, she works with various organizations whose efforts are helping to save the African lion. 

T. DeLene Beeland (USA) Fellow

Beeland is an independent writer who enjoys communicating about issues at the intersection of science, nature and humanity. She is the author of The Secret World of Red Wolves: A True Story of North America's Other Wolf, which is due to be released by the University of North Carolina Press in early 2013. She has written extensively for the Charlotte Observer, is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and has contributed to various science and nature magazines since 2009. Beeland lives in the mountains of western North Carolina, a stone's throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Her professional writing site and her blog is Wild Muse. She can be reached via Email.

Juan Bezaury-Creel (Mexico) Fellow

Bezaury is currently TNC's Mexico Country Representative and Latin America Associate Director for External Affairs. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Bezaury had collaborated as World Wildlife Fund's Mexico Program Country Representative and Director, as the Executive Director of Amigos de Sian Ka'an the leading NGO in Mexico's Caribbean coast and as a deputy director with the Mexican Government's agency in charge of protected areas. A native Mexican and architect with a background in urban and regional planning, Bezaury discovered conservation 30 years ago, while working as a national park construction supervisor. Juan is currently a member of the National Protected Area Council, the Monarch Butterfly Fund's Advisory Committee and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund Board of Directors, while also sitting in various Mexican NGO boards and writing about Mexican biodiversity conservation issues.

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Kedar Bhide (India) Associate

Just being in the outdoors makes me happy — the more challenging the environment, the happier I am. My appreciation for nature and the animals that inhabit their niches in their microcosmic ecologies has been enhanced by my post-graduation studies in applied biology. And among the many creatures, the ones that fascinate me the most are reptiles. My work in the field of snake research, rescue and awareness has given me, first and foremost, inner satisfaction. Accolades, too, have flowed my way from experts and organisations. Two of my exploration works have resulted in the first report of the Sindh Awl Headed snake and Kaulback’s pit viper from India. Although I have conducted many awareness programs for children and adults, and have trained many interested people on snake conservation, I feel as if I’m still a student of this vast and immeasurable diverse natural world. I didn't know when but photography, which started off as a tool purely for documentation of snakes, has now become an integral part of my life. When I am in the wilderness with my cameras, I feel at peace, clicking my dream frame image, while staying true to documenting facts as they are seen by the eyes. Lately with photography I have also started writing my thoughts. Images and words give me a more powerful tool to express my concerns and show society its role in conservation. I’m an optimist, I still have faith in each of us who are trying our best to stanch this battle with so called progress to find that balance between our demands and extinction of our co-species living on this beautiful planet. For more information visit his website or email.

Prerna Singh Bindra (India) Fellow

Bindra a leading wildlife conservationist and writer based in India. She is founder trustee of Bagh, a foundation recently set up with a mission to secure India's wildlife and wild habitat. Prerna is editor of the journal TigerLink, which collates and analyses information on the tiger from across its range countries. She is also guest faculty for a module for Popular Writing (in Environment) and Conservation Policy  at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. Bindra’s key expertise is conservation policy, advocacy and communication. Her primary focus is protecting wildlife habitats and critically endangered species. She has authored more than 1,500 articles on nature and wildlife for various newspapers and magazines. She has authored The King and I: Travels in Tigerland  and an anthology on contemporary wildlife writings called Voices in the Wilderness. She may be reached at Email. Some of her writings can be read at website

Israel Bionyi (Cameroon) Fellow

After completing his Masters in Communication from the University of Douala, Israel is now working as a freelance journalist and have seen his works published on Fair Planet, Standard Tribune and digital Lagos TV. Israel is an environmental blogger and activist. As a freelance journalist, he founded the blog The Wink Writes and has a particular interest in forest and wildlife conservation in the Central African region and the fight against poaching and has equally been contributing in Standard Tribune, weekly newspaper (Cameroon) and digital Lagos, online news agency (Nigeria). Through his experience in different areas of communications he has also worked with local communities in the field. Israel volunteered for World Wide Fund for Nature between March and July 2014. During this period, he published several articles on WWF explore blog, Twitter, Facebook

Roxanne Bogart (USA) Fellow

Bogart is a wildlife biologist and writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Bird Program. She is dedicated to writing at the interface of art and science -- writing that informs, educates, and inspires. She devotes most of her time as writer and editor to helping protect and conserve wildlife and the natural areas they need to survive. Bogart is the editor of The All-Bird Bulletin, the newsletter of the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Committee. The ABB presents news and information on bird conservation infrastructure, policy, science, and on-the-ground projects from across the continent and beyond. Visit for more information. She is a nature poet and essayist with publications in local, regional, and national publications such as Bird Watcher's Digest, Burlington Poetry Journal (Vermont), and Block Island Poetry Project's Ten-year Anthology, Where Beach Meets Ocean. She enjoys birdwatching, kayaking, and hiking and lives with her family in western Massachusetts. She can be reached via Email.

Rodrigo Martinez de Arredondo Bolio (Mexico) Associate
Martinez de Arredondo, a med-school student, has been concerned since youth about the protection of nature, especially the sea. He recently wrote the book El Secreto de un Gran Descubridor (The Secret of a Great Discoverer), about a man who discovers Atlantis and decides to live in the aquatic world where nature is protected for the survival of all. The man is tired of living above water, where the people do not respect nature and its destruction seems eminent. Martinez de Arredondo is from Merida, Mexico. His major interest is in protecting the cenotes (underground fresh water pools and rivers) and educating people about their importance.

Clay Bolt (USA) Fellow

Clay Bolt is an award-winning natural history and conservation photographer whose work and projects have been featured by National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Scientific American, Outdoor Photographer and Audubon Magazine among others. In 2009 Clay co-founded the "Meet Your Neighbours" project. MYN is an international nature photography project developed to connect people with the wildlife within their own communities. Currently the project has representation in over 30 locations around the world. Bolt is passionate about spreading the message that an appreciation of nature begins at home and he continues to seek out new ways to promote this concept through his photography, writing and community involvement. Bolt's website.

Jon Bowermaster (USA) Fellow

A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker Bowermaster's recently concluded OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak during the past ten years, on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet's ocean and the lives of the nearly 3 billion people around the globe who depend on them. Author of eleven books, his most recent are Descending the Dragon about his travels in Vietnam published by National Geographic Books and Wildebeest in a Rainstorm, a collection of profiles of our most intriguing conservationists and explorers and published by Menasha Ridge Press. His companion book to the new Jacques Perrin/DisneyNature film Oceans was published alongside the premiere of the film on Earth Day, April 2010. Bowermaster lives in New York's Hudson Valley. His website and blog: Notes from Sea Level.

Kenneth Brower (USA) Fellow

Kenneth Brower is the oldest son of the pioneering environmentalist David Brower. Ken's earliest memories are of the wild country of the American West. He began his career editing "Exhibit Format" books for his father at the Sierra Club and edited or wrote fourteen of these. For the past forty-five years he has been a freelance writer on environmental issues and natural history. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many other magazines. He is the author of The Starship and the Canoe, Wake of the Whale, A Song for Satawal, Realms of the Sea, Yosemite, Freeing Keiko, the Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower, and other books. He lives in Berkeley, California. 

L.M. Browning (USA) Fellow

Browning grew up in the small fishing village of Stonington, Connecticut. A longtime student of philosophy, nature and art, these themes permeate her work. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. A proud native of New England, she travels often throughout the region using her photography, drawing, and writing to explore the ecological and cultural identity of the Northeast.
In 2010, Browning debuted with a three-title contemplative poetry series Ruminations at Twilight, Oak Wise, and The Barren Plain. These three books went on to garner several accolades including a total of 3 pushcart-prize nominations and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013. Balancing her passion for writing with her love of learning, Browning is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. She is partner at Hiraeth Press; Co-Founder of Written River as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wayfarer. In 2011, Browning opened Homebound Publications, a rising independent publishing house. She is currently working to complete a B.A. in Liberal Arts at Harvard University’s Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts with concentrations on English and Environmental Studies. Visit

her website to learn more.

Susan Bruce (USA) Fellow

Bruce has spearheaded communications for numerous corporations and nonprofits including IBM, Conservation International, Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner and the 9th World Wilderness Congress. Bruce has created numerous press materials, white papers and essays on environmental issues and stewardship. She earned a Masters in Journalism and International Communications from the University of Florida. Bruce has lived, traveled and worked throughout the world and is multilingual. She is passionate about nature, conservation, culture, travel and the arts. She may be reached at via Email.

James Brundige (USA) Associate
Thirty years in music and television have taken Brundige from the nightclubs of New York to the Amazon jungle and slopes of Mt. Everest. After studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he moved to New York. By night he played jazz and Latin music; daytimes were spent in recording studios and edit suites. At the same time Brundige was able to indulge in his love of the outdoors by shooting adventure and science films. Film expeditions included exploratory rafting, mountaineering in Alaska, the Andes and Himalayas, canoeing in the Amazon, and skiing in Antarctica. Brundige has shot and edited for PBS, BBC, NBC, ABC, BBC, Turner, Fox, Discovery, and National Geographic. Since moving to Colorado in 1994, he has focused on environmental documentaries. Most recently Forever Wild: Celebrating America's Wilderness--tells the tales of citizens who have decided what wilderness means to them and have dedicated time and energy in helping to protect these lands they love.

Donna Bryson (USA) Fellow

Bryson is a longtime foreign correspondent who has reported from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In 2012, she returned to the US, and is working as a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado. Email or Twitter @donnindenver.

Michael J. Caduto (USA) Fellow

Caduto pioneered the use of storytelling and the arts for teaching environmental ethics. He has performed at national and international conferences, including storytelling and theater festivals, children's festivals, educational conferences, teacher conventions, conferences on cultural diversity and Native North American traditions, writer's workshops, literacy conventions, natural history festivals and conferences, bookseller conventions and more. He is the author of several books and more than 250 articles which have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. In 1984 Caduto founded a service called P.E.A.C.E.® -- Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange. P.E.A.C.E.® promotes understanding, awareness, appreciation and stewardship as the foundation for building a harmonious, sustainable relationship between people and Earth, and among the cultures of the world. Links to selected writing samples: his article in Haaretz, the Middle East’s largest daily newspaper, and a series of syndicated environmental newspaper column. Website

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Nancy Campbell (UK) Fellow

Campbell is a writer and book artist with a particular interest in the polar regions and water conservation issues. Recent works such as the poetry collection Disko Bay engage with the changing environment of the harbour communities of northern Europe and the Arctic. She has conducted residencies at ecological and research institutions in Greenland, Iceland, Denmark and the US, and she is a Hawthornden Fellow. Her book How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet received the Birgit Skiöld Award in 2013. Website

Sarah Casson (USA) Fellow

Casson is a Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellow in Global Justice of Yale Law School working with the WILD Foundation. Her work focuses on the International Union of Conserving Nature (IUCN)’s Protected Areas Category 1B (Wilderness) management guidelines. Her writing on conservation and climate change has appeared in SAGE Magazine and the Huffington Post. She holds a MESc from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BA from Grinnell College. She can be contacted via email.

Teresa Noemi Castaneda (Mexico) Fellow

Castaneda has a degree in hydrobiology and is currently editing and translating a project that promotes stronger interactions between children and nature in order to nurture healthier children and environmentally friendly societies. Her fiction novel is in the process of submission to be published. It involves multiculturalism and environmental issues for young adult readers. Most of the stories and articles she writes involve contemporary, multicultural and conservation topics within adventure, contemporary, romantic and folklore genre.Castaneda also had the wonderful opportunity to teach students from kindergarden to high school: Marine Biology and Environmental Sciences in California, Theatrical Drama in Yucatán, and as an instructional aide, she supported a personalized reading program called Read Naturally in Florida. With more than 25 years of experience writing, translating, editing and narrating in English and Spanish for the private sector, ONGs, media, blogs, educational institutions and personal requests Castaneda has also worked as Director of the Technical Edition and Translation Department at Levine Fricke de Mexico, an engineering and environmental consulting firm. Her valuable experiences and contact with magnificent people along the way, have been instrumental to grow and broaden the extent of her goal of transmitting values that she believes are essential to the human kind, such as environmental consciousness, social awareness and global holistic conservation.

Rohan Chakravarty (India) Fellow

Rohan is a cartoonist, illustrator and animation designer from Nagpur and the creator of Green Humour, a series of cartoons on wildlife and conservation. Green Humour is the first series of comics from India to be distributed internationally by a major syndicate (Universal Press’ ‘Gocomics’), and appears periodically in wildlife magazines and newspapers. He has also illustrated for several other publications and organizations such as WWF, Nat Geo Traveller, the International Crane Foundation, Heart of Borneo, the Nature Conservation Foundation and the Wildlife Trust of India, among others. Cartoons from Green Humour have won the 'Cartoon Contest on Climate Change -- A People's Perspective' organized by the UNDP and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 2012, and the Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist Award in November 2012. Rohan is notorious for rolling up into a ball like a pangolin to avoid answering the phone or meeting people.

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Kimberly Christensen (USA) Fellow

Christensen is a former midwife turned environmental activist, who works with the hope that our beautiful planet will be healthy and whole for the generations to come. Through her affiliation with, she has used the written word to teach families how to reduce their carbon footprint and the amount of waste they generate. Her issue paper on Car Seat Recycling paved the way for the development of several successful children’s car seat recycling programs. Her writing has appeared in The Seattle Press, Seattle’s Child Magazine, and on her blog. An avid reader of science fiction, she is now trying her hand at writing a climate fiction novel of her own. She is a member of the Puget Sound Writers’ Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Christensen lives in Seattle, Washington.

Lauren Colegrove (USA) Fellow

Lauren is the editorial manager for Rainforest Trust, a U.S.-based conservation nonprofit organization which helps safeguard tropical forests and endangered wildlife around the world. She is responsible for developing and editing engaging content that promotes the protection of global biodiversity for print and online news articles, annual reports, and other publications. A graduate of Villanova University, Lauren previously worked as a journalist, proposal writer, and newspaper advisor with students in Ghana and Bangladesh while establishing school newspaper programs. When she’s not writing, Lauren enjoys reading poetry, playing board games, and going on long walks with her collie. She can be reached via Email

Gail Collins-Ranadive (USA) Fellow

Collins-Ranadive writes out of a deep connectedness with the natural world. Her MFA thesis for The American University was set in the northern Virginia landscape where she then lived. Now, as a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, she creates and leads retreats and workshops on appreciating Nature as a Wisdom text that both inspires awe and invites action towards eco-justice.  Her workbook, Light Year, A Seasonal Primer for Spiritual Focus, presents readers with focus questions on insights from each of the four seasons and concludes with a blueprint for ecological awareness and action.  The most recent of her five published books (two for children), Chewing Sand, An Eco-Spiritual Taste of the Mojave Desert, is set in the deep time and fragile ecosystem around Las Vegas, Nevada USA, where she lives.  She spends summers in Denver, Colorado where she writes, explores dinosaur sites, and hikes into the mountains to consult with her spirit-flower the Columbine that is threatened by the changing climate. Her website.

Cassandra Conger (USA) Associate

Conger is an environmental educator/naturalist. Currently writing about conservation issues, she plans to move to Florida to teach and work with Manatees. Influenced at a young age by a stuffed animal and book she was given on Manatees, Conger has dedicated her life to their protection and to increase the awareness of their plight.

Jeffrey S. Cramer (USA) Fellow

Cramer is the Curator of Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods and has published several works for Yale University Press, including Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition and I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau. He has consulted on many projects and publications, appeared on NPR's "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" and on C-SPAN's Book-TV, and spoken to thousands on the life and legacy of Thoreau. He has two forthcoming books--The Portable Thoreau for Penguin and The Literary Way: Selected Essays of Henry David Thoreau for Yale. His work has appeared in Ecotone, Snowy Egret, The Massachusetts Review, among others. His essay, "The Toad not Taken," will soon be out in the anthology, Companions in Wonder: Reflections on Children and Adults Exploring Nature, for MIT Press. His most recent book is The Quotable Thoreau for Princeton University Press. Website
Photo: Jillian Robinson (2008)

Diane Daniel (USA) Fellow

Diane Daniel writes about travel, sustainable agriculture, the environment, artists, and activists for consumer publications. She focuses on what she calls preservation travel, that which preserves and sustains communities, land, buildings, and ways of life. She is the author of the guidebook Farm Fresh North Carolina and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, News & Observer, Budget Travel, National Geographic Traveler, and Southern Living. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. For more information or to reach her:  website, blog or Email.

Elizabeth Darby (USA) Fellow

Darby is an award-winning national and international journalist writing on issues of the environment, conservation, and social issues for over 25 years. She began her career as a journalist at the United Nations where she covered environment, women, and development issues. She was tapped to join Newsweek to open the Rocky Mountain Bureau in Denver, Colorado where she specialized in environment as well as covered general assignments for Newsweek and Newsweek International. In 1984, she received a DeKalb National Press award for her reporting on drought and agriculture. She also received national recognition for her coverage of the plight of the homeless and for her reporting several news covers on the EPA. She left Newsweek to write three books: an anthology on the American landscape; the public lands of the US; and edited a volume of South African children’s wilderness diaries led by the work of Ian Player and his Wilderness Foundation. During this time she also served as the Chief Public Affairs Attaché for the Fourth World Wilderness Congress. After undertaking an extended journey through South Africa's wilderness and parks to begin a fourth book, she joined Joe Daniel to serve as Managing Editor BUZZWORM: The Environmental Journal. Under her creative editorial direction and with Daniel's stunning photographic vision, she as well as the magazine won numerous national awards including a World Hunger Year Media Award for a series of feature articles she developed entitled "Of Pollution and Poverty.” Just after Glasnost was proclaimed by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989, Darby was invited to the Soviet Union to cover and speak at the country’s first-ever national summit on the environment and agriculture; she was the only US journalist permitted to attend. She is at work on several new titles including the book and blog Earth: Sacred/Possession; Training Two, a book about learning the language of litter-mates; Prophecy, a work of EcoFiction; and Return Voyage, a memoire of land and meaning.  Her latest book, Here You Begin, was published in 2012.

Chad P. Dawson (USA) Academic / Scientific, Founding Fellow

Dawson is professor and former chair of the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York, USA. He is managing editor of the International Journal of Wilderness and co-author of Wilderness Management, 4th edition. Dawson is also a member of The WILD Foundation board of directors.

Daud Abdi Daud Dhmbil (Somalia) Fellow

Dhmbil is an active, prominent Somali journalist. Since 2000 he has worked with many different radio stations and newspapers throughout the country. Dhmbil was instrumental in the creation of the Somali Coalition for Freedom of Expression (SOCFEX) and was a Press Freedom Activist from 2007 to 2010 at The Somali Journalist Rights Agency (SOJRA) as well as Science, Health, Agriculture and Environmental Reporter at the National Association of Somali Science and Environmental Journalists (NASSEJ) now known as Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA). Dhmbil is the Secretary General of the African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) and the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA). He is currently a member of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ), the Network of Climate Journalists in the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA), Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA), Climate Change Media Partnership, Biodiversity Media Alliance, as well as an Associate Member of the Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa. Dhmbil is also a correspondent for New Science Journalism Magazine and can be reached via Email.

Ana Dominguez (USA) Founding Fellow

Domínguez obtained a BA in International Relations, with a special focus on foreign economy and the environment, from the Universidad Iberoamericana. Her passion regarding all environment-related topics began with an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico. Ana is an official voluntary spokesperson regarding Climate Change issues since her training with Al Gore in 2009. She was also Special Project Manager for WILD 9 and oversaw several projects (i.e. National Geographic, Wild Wonders of Europe and Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano photo galleries). She's currently the International Fundraiser Coordinator for Reforestamos México, A.C., and the Social Media Manager for the Gulf of California Marine Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in which she drives and executes all online publishing and engagement initiatives.

Cheryl Lyn Dybas (USA) Fellow

Cheryl Lyn Dybas, a science journalist and ecologist, brings her passion for wildlife and conservation biology to award-winning writing for National GeographicAfrica GeographicNatural HistoryBioScienceBBC WildlifeCanadian GeographicNational Wildlife, and The Washington Post, among other publications. She is a Contributing Editor at Natural History; a Contributing Writer at Oceanography; and the winner of a National Magazine Award, gold and silver awards from the International Regional Magazine Association, and gold awards from the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association.  She is also a featured speaker on science journalism and conservation biology at conferences, museums, universities and other venues, and serves on the committees and boards of organizations such as the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and Ecological Society of America. She can be reached via Email

Gretel Ehrlich (USA) Founding Fellow
Ehrlich was born on a horse ranch in California and was educated at Bennington College and UCLA film school. She began writing fulltime in 1978 after the death of a loved one. Her book The Solace of Open Spaces, was praised by Annie Dillard saying: “Wyoming has found its Whitman.” Ehrlich has written several books including Heart Mountain; Islands, the Universe, and Home; Yellowstone: Land of Fire and Ice; and John Muir, Nature’s Visionary as well as essays, short stories, and poems. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, the Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Life, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, and Audubon, among others. She has won many awards for her writing including the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Whiting Foundation Award, A Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Harold B Vurcell Award at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Lisa Eidson (USA) Fellow

Lisa Eidson is the Wilderness Information Specialist for the University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute, in Missoula, Montana. She manages all aspects of a high-profile wilderness information website and companion social network and serves as a social media and e-learning consultant for the United States federal government. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and worked for several newspapers, both as a writer and graphic designer, before beginning her career in information technology. For the almost ten years since, she has authored mostly web content, though her recent graduate studies included publications and speaking opportunities on barriers to e-learning for wilderness management professionals. Other articles she writes on social media, social networking, and e-learning in government appear periodically in the International Journal of Wilderness. She may be reached via email.

Mark Entwistle (UK) Fellow

Entwistle has been a professional full-time newspaper journalist since 1987. He has had a life-time interest in ecology, wildlife conservation, environmental protection and animal welfare. While having to cover a multitude of subjects for the newspapers and magazines he writes for, his personal interest has always been topics involving the natural world. This has seen him writing extensively on the natural flora and fauna of his home region in southern Scotland. Recent features included enquiries into the native brown trout which inhabit the River Tweed system, one of Scotland's premier angling water systems, and what the future holds under climate change for this iconic species. Entwistle has also written extensively on the on-going controversies surrounding the proliferation of onshore wind farms in the Scottish Borders region. Issues such as badger-baiting cruelty, the breeding success of ospreys, the rediscovery of a species of butterfly once thought extinct in this part of the UK and a raft of other issues make up an eclectic portfolio of work compiled over a quarter-of-a-century covering his 'patch'. His intention is to bring much more in-depth environment-themed reporting into the various publications he works for, alongside the growing use of online video reports to bring such topics to a wider audience.

Orietta Estrada (USA) Fellow

Estrada is a graduate student studying environmental biology and geographic information systems in the United States. Her interests include ornithology, conservation, anthropogenic impacts to the environment and science writing. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. literature. She aims to use writing and photography as ways to engage members of the public not working in scientific fields of study with conservation issues. She is a freelance science writer and blogger. Her portfolio websites can be viewed at and at

Justin Fenech (Malta) Fellow

Justin is a novelist, poet and short-story writer from Malta, where he has sought to raise the public consciousness about issues concerning the environment and man’s connection with nature. Apart from writing novels, one of which, The Last Adolescence, is a pure conservation novel, Justin has given a series of talks entitled The Biology of Art – delivered to writers, scientists and the general public, dealing with the relationship between science and art. Justin’s writing has sought to place nature – and the scientific method that unveils its workings and strives to preserve it – at the forefront of the literary scene.  email  and blog

Tyler Finley (Canada) Academic
Finley is a professional writer focused on developing environmental education materials for youth; encouraging young people to develop an active interest in biodiversity and issues pertaining to biodiversity loss, from climate change to habitat degradation. He has also researched and written about conservation issues for the Robert Bateman Get to Know Program, raising awareness about conservation issues and allowing youth to take part in hands-on learning about wildlife in Canada. Finley organized a major environmental conference (June 2010) and a coast-to-coast BioBlitz campaign. The BioBlitz provided tens of thousands of youth with vital opportunities to develop their understanding of biodiversity, working side-by-side with conservation experts from Parks Canada, Nature Canada, and other organizations. In addition, his work also addresses sustainability and new techniques for reducing the impact of the wine industry on wildlife and local ecology. Finley assisted in the creation of a UBC report to improve planting and harvesting techniques in the British Columbia wine industry (ultimately applicable to vineyards across the world).

Dave Foreman (USA) Founding Fellow

Foreman was raised and trained in a very conservative family. He started working in the environmental field, first with the Wilderness Society and then with the Nature Conservancy. In 1980, convinced that current environmental organizations were not doing enough, he cofounded the radical environmental movement Earth First. He is now executive director of The Rewilding Institute. Among his writings, Foreman is the author of The Lobo Outback Funeral Home, a novel; Confessions of an Eco-Warrior, a collection of essays; and Rewilding North America: A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century. He also co-authored The Big Outside with Howie Wolke.

Thelon River in the Canadian Arctic

Jim Fowler (USA) Fellow

one of the world’s best known naturalists, has presented information about wildlife and wilderness to the American public on television for more than 40 years. He first served with Marlin Perkins as co-host and later became host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and also hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Spirit of Adventure. Those programs received many awards including four Emmys and an endorsement by the National PTA for family viewing. In addition to ongoing appearances on many network talk shows, Fowler was the wildlife correspondent for NBC’s Today Show since 1988 and he was a regular on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Jim Fowler is actively involved in a nationwide conservation education program conducted at the local community level. This includes personal appearances in numerous cities each year to share conservation related messages. Jim Fowler is president of the Fowler Center for Wildlife Education in New York and serves as the honorary president of the Explorers Club. In 1994, he received the prestigious Explorers Club Medal, the club's highest honor. Fowler also sits on the boards of Friends of Conservation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Global Communications for Conservation (GCC).

Rachel Ann French (UK) Associate

With one year left of a BSc Degree in Animal Conservation Science (based in Cumbria, NW England) French has begun to specialise in the field of Vulture and Raptor Conservation. While spending time on the coast of Gambia, West Africa she undertook a preliminary study into Vulture Survey methods and hopes to continue this as part of her dissertation. She will spend most of 2013t in South Africa working with a Vulture Conservation group. Much of French's writing and blog work aims not only to recount her own experiences but to highlight problems facing certain species. French hopes that her style makes reading enjoyable not only for like minded people but for the general public. She has articles published in Falconry & Raptor Conservation Magazine, along with her blog and a new, innovative university magazine.

William H. Funk (USA) Fellow

Funk is a writer, a documentarian, and an environmental lawyer. He has a reputation for elucidating complex legal, policy and scientific matters in illuminating and compelling prose. His areas of expertise include endangered species and habitat preservation, hunting and fishing, federal lands management, wildlife crime, natural and human history, climate change, animal cruelty, wetlands mitigation, conservation easements, environmental law, sustainability, wilderness issues, traditional cultures, and rural living and the rural economy. Funk has worked with numerous environmental NGOs and federal agencies and is a skilled and eager naturalist. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, who recently awarded him a traveling fellowship to its annual conference, and to the Outdoor Writers Association of America. The Society also awarded Funk their Madson Fellowship for excellence in craft in 2011. For more information or to contact him visit.

Jeff Gailus (USA) Fellow

Gailus has been writing about science, nature and the people and politics that will determine the fate of planet earth. He has a Masters in Science in Environmental Studies and has taught writing at the University of Oregon and the University of Montana. An award-winning writer from Calgary, Alberta, he is the author of The Grizzly Manifesto (a finalist for the prestigious Alberta Readers' Choice Award) and numerous magazine articles. His latest book, Little Black Lies, will be published by Rocky Mountain Books in November 2012. Jeff's writing has been featured in a variety of Canadian and international magazines and newspapers including Alberta Views, Alberta Venture, The Calgary Herald, Canadian Geographic, Explore, The Globe and Mail, Hooked on the Outdoors, and Western Living. Gailus has also worked with non-profit organizations including the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, TELUS World of Science-Calgary, Wild Rockies Field Institute, and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. He has also received the Associated Collegiate Press Award, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and a Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship. He currently lives in Missoula, Montana and spends a significant amount of time in the mountains and foothills of Alberta.

Eduardo Galicia (Mexico) Fellow

Photo by Klaus Nigge

Galicia is currently a PhD Candidate for a Doctoral Degree in Marine and Coastal Management at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mérida, Yucatán, México).  With a MS degree in wildlife management at the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, his research has focused on tourism management in natural protected areas. His experience with flamingos and tourism started with his master thesis on the impact of motorized tour-boats on Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) behavior at Celestún. He has over 20 years of experience working in the natural protected areas of the Yucatan Peninsula and Northern Central America, promoting sustainable tourism, working at Nature Guide training programs and designing nature-based tourism products, such as routes, rural community centers, public use plans, and nature trails. With expertise on ecological economics and valuation of natural resources for recreational purposes, public visitation, and interpretation of nature, his PhD thesis is focused on the total economic value of the Caribbean Flamingo at the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. He is member of the Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance, the Mexican Ornithological Society and member of the IUCN Flamingo Specialist Group. Eduardo is also a dedicated writer on environmental issues, a poet, storyteller and a convinced believer in linking art with nature conservation. He has published in local (Yucatan & Mexico) newspapers and magazines, as well as chapters in books on coastal management and tourism, and collaborations in several scientific and non-formal publications. He lives in Merida, Yucatan, and spends half of his time in Mexico City. email

Carlos Galindo-Leal (México) Fellow

During grad studies in Ecology at the University of British Columbia, Canada Galindo-Leal slowly evolved from writing scientific articles to writing for the general public. He's written several books including Of two worlds: The frogs toads and salamanders of the Yucatan Peninsula, a bilingual book chosen as recommended reading by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). And coauthored Danaids, the wonderful Monarch butterflies (available in Spanish also) and The white-tailed deer of the Western Sierra Madre, ecology, management and conservation (only in Spanish), and coedited The Status of the Atlantic Forest Hotspot: The Dynamics of Biodiversity Loss, and Mexico´s natural heritage: 100 hundred success stories. Recently he participated with the texts on two coffee-table books on Jaguars: Panthera onca and Jaguar. For the last couple of years, Galindo-Leal has written the monthly section Mexicans by nature for the magazine Mexicanisimo, and has been working as Scientific Communication Director of the National Commission on the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO). Their website Biodiversidad Mexicana  was recently presented with an award for its contents by QUO + Discovery Channel. Galindo-Leal is part of the advisory committee of National Geographic en Español and writes short articles for the magazine.

Carole Gallagher (USA) Fellow

Gallagher first began her odyssey on the nuclear trail on March 28, 1979, the day of the Three Mile Island accident. Noting beads of sweat on the brow of Walter Cronkite as he reported on it, she packed her car, ready to travel far from the potential plume that could soon have enveloped her home town, New York City. Shortly after that, she began research on the effects of atmospheric nuclear tests in Nevada, which had been an interest since childhood "duck and cover" maneuvers at her grammar school in the 1950s. Wondering what really happened to people downwind of the Nevada Test Site, she began research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York with a library pass supplied by a doctor who taught there. Recently declassified documents from the Atomic Energy Commission revealed that federal authorities considered those people "a low-use segment of the population," much the same as test site workers and atomic veterans exposed at close range to nuclear bombs as they detonated in the open air. Abandoning her life as a successful photographer and writer, she moved from downtown Manhattan to southern Utah, a spot considered most damaged by fallout, to observe and document what she called "American Ground Zero." After a dozen years on the road, based in Utah, American Ground Zero: The Secret Nuclear War was published by The MIT Press. A slightly abridged paperback edition was published by Random House the next year, thanks to Harold Evans, “as a personal act of conscience.” There was a companion traveling exhibition of this documentary organized by the International Center of Photography in New York with seven venues nationally and numerous others abroad. Gallagher has been working on book projects concerning the environmental destructiveness of war in the Persian Gulf (1991), another on nuclear testing in the West, and monographs on similar issues connecting health with environmental pollution. She writes occasional pieces for her blog  and can be reached on Facebook.

Rodrigo García (Uruguay) Fellow

García leads the Organization for Cetacean Conservation (OCC), one of the first citizen organizations to promote coastal and marine conservation in Uruguay. He focuses on restructuring the socioeconomic forces that lead to environmental problems and on building a coalition of environmentalists, local citizens, tourists, businesses and government that co-develop solutions with both environmental and economic benefits. In 2007, after a four-year campaign, the OCC succeeded in reinstating Uruguay in the International Whaling Commission after a 22-year absence. García worked to get Uruguay included in the World Tourism Circuit dedicated to Whale Watching. To bolster protection of the coast as a whole, he developed a “whale route” that integrates marine and coastal tourism. García may be contacted at email. For more information about OCC, please visit the website.

Gail Goldberger (USA) Fellow

Goldberger has a well-honed expertise in nature, ecology, and environmental issues. She is published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Wilderness Magazine, Illinois Issues Magazine, Natural Awakenings-Chicago and Chicago North Shore, Travelers’ Tales Guides: Grand Canyon, and Active Woman Vacation Guide. Goldberger has written and edited monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly newsletters and informational brochures for organizations including the Chicago Audubon Society, The Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Park District, and the Southeast Environmental Task Force. Her work also spans healthcare, education, and human services. View samples of her work and her contact info on her website. Learn more about her at  linkedin.

Alan Gregory (USA) Fellow

Gregory writes essays and columns on natural resource and conservation policies, players and issues. A retired lieutenant colonel of the Air Force, Gregory hikes forests, bogs, and wetlands in his home state of Vermont and throughout New England and Pennsylvania. He dedicates much of his free time to volunteering for various organizations including the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, The Nature Conservancy (Penn. chapter), and the North Branch Land Trust of Pennsylvania. He is a past member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and a life member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Assn. For 16 years Gregory took part in the federal Breeding Bird Survey and has served as compiler for the North American Butterfly Association summer counts in Pennsylvania and Vermont. Gregory has served on the board of Audubon Pennsylvania, was president of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology and was a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Wildlands Recovery Project. He has won several media conservation awards and was named volunteer of the year (science category) Pennsylvania chapter of The Nature Conservancy. His blog.

Jay Griffiths (UK) Fellow

Griffiths is the author of Wild: An Elemental Journey, winner of the inaugural Orion book award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover award for best work of non-fiction by a new author in the States, shortlisted for the Orwell prize and the World Book Day award. Her work as been given endorsements by Barry Lopez, Gary Snyder, John Berger, Bill McKibben and others. Website

Photo by Edward Parker

Jessica Groenendijk (Peru) Fellow

Jessica is a Dutch biologist turned conservationist and writer. She was born in Colombia, has lived in Burkina Faso, Holland, Tanzania and England, crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice on a sail boat between the ages of 6 and 10, worked with black rhinos in Zambia and giant otters in Peru, and currently lives in Lima. She loves camping in wild places, hates plastic and planned obsolescence, and is a big believer in reconnecting children and their families with nature. She fuses her work in conservation and her personal experiences of wildlife and wild places with her passion for words and photography to help deepen our connection with, and empathy for, nature. Her blog Nature Bytes was recently Highly Commended in the International Category of the 2015 BBC Wildlife Blogger Awards. She is a Member of The Society of Authors and is currently working on a book on giant otters and their conservation Please visit her author web site and her Facebook page. 

Sanjay Gubbi (India) Fellow

Sanjay works mainly on tiger and leopard conservation in Karnataka state, southern India. He bridges a strong understanding of the socio-economic and political aspects of conservation with its scientific bases. His recent work, focusing on the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India has strived to reduce the impact of habitat fragmentation, collaborated with the Karnataka Forest Department towards an expansion of protected areas, helped institute new social security and welfare measures for forest watchers and guards. On these projects, Sanjay works with a wide cross-section of people, including policy makers, media and social leaders. He writes extensively both in English and regional language Kannada, and is especially keen on popularising wildlife conservation in local languages. His two books in Kannada have been very popular. Sanjay also conducts training workshops for print and electronic media and conservation enthusiasts, among others, to expand support for and enhance public understanding of conservation. He may be reached via email .

Amy Gulick (USA) Founding Fellow

Gulick is an acclaimed nature writer and photographer. Her work has received numerous honors including: the Voice of the Wild Award from the Alaska Wilderness League; a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation; the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation; and the Philip Hyde Grant and Mission Awards from the North American Nature Photography Association. Her book, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest, is the winner of two Nautilus Book Awards and an Independent Publisher Book Award. Her stories and images have been featured in Sierra, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic NewsWatch, and other publications. She is a national speaker on conservation topics including Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, wilderness, and wildlife. Website

Kat Haber (USA) Associate

Haber's grandfathers taught her to respect the Earth. She has created award-winning gardens, innovative programs (Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vale, Colorado USA and the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska USA), has taken risks (freestyle aerialist and hot air ballooning) pioneered new paths (one of the first women attending the US Air Force Academy), and dug deep within via paths that characterize the soul serenity found in wild places. Haber brought young leaders to WILD 9 (the 9th World Wilderness Congress in Merida, Mexico, 2009) that infused a sense of urgency, lightheartedness, and idealism to save at least half of the Earth's wild places.

Greg Harmon (USA) Fellow

Harman is an independent journalist based in San Antonio who has been reporting on environmental issues since the late '90s. His writing has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Guardian UK, Environmental News Service, Texas Climate News, Yes! Magazine, Texas Observer, and elsewhere. His work has been honored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Houston Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, Public Citizen Texas, Associated Press Managing Editors, and others. You can reach him via Email.

Kate Harris (Canada) Associate
Harris is a young wilderness conservationist, writer, adventurer, and photographer who has explored and written about some of the harshest places on all seven continents, with a focus on life at high latitudes and high altitudes. Harris studied biology and geology as an undergraduate Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina. Then attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, writing her Master's thesis on transboundary conservation and conflict resolution, with a focus on the Siachen glacier dispute. Earning a second Master's degree in earth and planetary sciences at MIT. Now a freelance writer, with feature articles published in The Explorers Journal, Wend magazine, and Outpost magazine, among other publications. Harris is also an environmental and biodiversity reporter for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. She’s a member of the IUCN-WCPA as well as the IUCN Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group. Read about her field research expedition along the Silk bike.

Laura Hartstone (USA) Fellow

Hartstone enjoys covering stories that captivate the spirit of conservation. She currently lives in Tanzania and writes for organizations including the East Africa Wildlife Society (SWARA magazine), Frankfurt Zoological Society (blogs and magazine articles),  and several other local publications. She is the Founder of the Peaks Foundation, an initiative to raise funds for organizations around the world by engaging women in adventure challenges. She is the simultaneously completing a Masters Degree in Wildlife, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health with the University of Edinburgh Website

Linda Hasselstrom (USA) Founding Fellow

Born in Texas, Linda Hasselstrom moved to South Dakota when she was four. She is a rancher, a writer, a teacher, and an environmentalist. Hasselstrom has written for newspapers, founded a magazine, and edited anthologies of the writings of other women. Her poetry and her essays have been widely praised and won her many awards, including the South Dakota Author of the Year award, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry, and a South Dakota Arts Council literature fellowship. In 1990, she became the first woman to win a Western American Writer award from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She conducts writing retreats at her ranch home, Windbreak House, in western South Dakota. Website

Photo by Jerry Ellerman

Bruce P. Van Haveren, Ph.D. (USA) Academic

Bruce is an affiliate faculty member in Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources. His academic and research interests are in wildlands conservation and protected areas policy; wetlands ecology; forest ecology; and headwaters management. He continues to do ecological consulting for Indian tribes and nongovernmental organizations. He is currently working on a new book on U. S. conservation policy. Before retirement from the U. S. Department of the Interior in 2004 Bruce worked on a variety of natural resource issues at local, regional, national, tribal, and international levels over a 35-year period. He served as Science Advisor to the Director of the Bureau of Land Management in Washington DC in the late 1990s. He was a member of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt’s science council during the second Clinton administration. During the last five years of his career, he focused on science administration and the organization of natural resources research at both the laboratory and national levels. Bruce has also been a visiting professor at Sisseton Wahpeton College, a tribal college in South Dakota, the Colorado School of Mines, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife Pearl live in Evergreen, Colorado.

Ruth Heil (USA) Fellow

Heil never dreamed she'd become a writer; passion steered her toward it. “To inspire the love of nature and a passion for its protection," is exactly why she puts her feelings out there, exposing them to the publisher's rejection, the adversary's ridicule, and the inner critic's cruelty. She bravely writes op-eds, essays, and creative nonfiction in support of individuals who care. Her Back to Basics blog -- updated weekly since 2008 -- is a mishmash of thought-provoking posts designed to get conversations started. With a knack for presenting topics in Plain English, she translates big issues and scientific knowledge into terms the everyday person can understand. Her monthly Green Pages column appeared in the former Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal and her features have been published in Pennsylvania Magazine, Lehigh Valley Marketplace, Blue Ridge Outdoors online and more. Writing from rural Pennsylvania, when she needs inspiration or support, she heads to the woods. She is currently working on a book that encourages others to do the same. Website

Morgan Heim (USA) Fellow

Heim is a Colorado-based multimedia journalist, holding both a B.S. in zoology and M.A. in environmental journalism. Many of her stories focus on the uncommon nature of the human/wildlife connection from prairie dogs living in Denver’s ditches to border agents restoring wetlands as a way to fight crime. She has worked with Smithsonian magazine, High Country News, the Nature Conservancy magazine,, Art for Conservation and the National Wildlife Federation. Along with freelancing, she writes for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), where she translates the language of science into stories for the lay-person. Because there are too many stories that need telling, Heim also runs the increasingly popular blog The Nature Files, sharing stories of ecological discovery and environmental issues. Heim spoke about blogging with a purpose at the WILD9 Writers Seminar in Merida, Mexico.

John C. Hendee (USA) Fellow (deceased)

Former Dean of the University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources (1985-94) and Director of the University’s Wilderness Research Center (1995-2002) in Moscow, Idaho, USA, Hendee taught and lead research on the use of wilderness for personal growth and wilderness therapy. Hendee is senior co-author of the textbook Wilderness Management (3 editions), and founding managing editor (1995) and now editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Wilderness. Now retired in Sausalito, California, John consults, oversees the Hendee Tree Farm in northern Michigan, and assists his wife, Marilyn Riley, in leading wilderness programs with their non-profit educational organization, Wilderness Transitions.

Kristen Henwood (USA) Academic/Scientific

Henwood graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MES, Masters of Environmental Studies. Her current work and research is focused on examination and management of ecological landscapes and green infrastructure, along with organic land care practices. Current and past positions working in higher education and in environmental nonprofits have allowed her to write reports, articles, and website content on various environmental issues. Henwood strongly believes in the power that conservation writing and photography can have when it comes to raising awareness on the world’s most pressing environmental issues. She is passionate about conservation, enjoys traveling, and photography. Reach her via Email.

Elizabeth Herron (USA) Fellow

Herron is an author, educator, and writes poetry and articles on art and ecology, the role of art in society, and the importance of natural systems and biodiversity in the physical and spiritual well-being of individuals, communities, and the planet. Herron has taught writing at the School of Expressive Arts and at Sonoma State University, California where she is faculty emeritus. She also developed the Sonoma State University’s first general education inter-disciplinary ecology course. Her articles have been published in several magazines including Orion, Parabola, Ions, EarthLight, Jung Journal of Culture, and Psyche. Her books include Desire Being Full of Distances, Dark Season, While the Distance Widens, The Stones the Dark Earth, and Report. A winner of many awards and grants, Herron is a founding board member of the Climate Protection Campaign, and a commissioned law enforcement chaplain. See her website for more information.

Photo by Jack Travis

Clarissa Hughes (South Africa) Associate

Hughes lives in South Africa and spends as much time as possible in the African wilderness. She has worked in ecotourism in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa and has traveled widely in sub-Saharan Africa. A core belief of hers is that you cannot appreciate that which you don't know. To this end she wishes to open up the experience of wilderness to as many people as possible. Intertwined with this goal is the respect that traditional cultures have for the natural environment. On a continent that is focused on industrialization Hughes hopes that the revitalization of truths inherent in indigenous culture will go a long way to minimizing environmental damage in the drive for development. She is the author of a number of tourism and culture-related articles and blogs and is the author of Flowers in the Sky: a celebration of southern African starlore. For more information please visit her blog.

Heidi Hutner (USA) Academic

Hutner is Associate professor of English and a Women's Studies Affiliate, at Stony Brook University. She writes and teaches about ecofeminism, environmental justice, and ecocriticism in literature and film. Currently, Hutner is working on two books: What is Ecofeminism? A Maternal Reframing of the Environment (Demeter Press, 2012), and Strawberry Fields NOT: An Environmental Cancer Memoir. Hutner is the author of numerous articles on ecofeminism, feminism, and women writers, and her books include Colonial Women: Race and Restoration Drama (Oxford UP, 2001), and the collection Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, Criticism (University of Virginia, 1993). She recently co-edited and wrote the introduction for Frances Sheridan's eighteenth-century novel, The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (Broadview Press, 2011). Hutner also writes creative environmental narratives and poetry. See her ecofeminist, cancer, and mothering blog.

Roberto Isotti (Italy) Fellow

“When more than 20 years ago, I turned my young passion for wildlife into a profession I had little stuff, a great enthusiasm and the confidence that, wherever this big adventure would have taken me, two things would never change: my curiosity and my love for the natural world”.

Isotti has a PhD in animal biology and is a photographer, writer, founder of Homo ambiens, and has been actively engaged for many years in conservation photography and wildlife writing. Working for nature conservation by a similar wide-angle of view leads him to be involved in many different types of projects, aimed at nature conservation initiatives, among them: photographic books, exhibitions, text and photos for reportages, books for children, scientific papers, etc. Through his job, Isotti travels the world, reporting the beauty and fragility of the last natural paradises. He has developed several photo stories published in main Italian and international magazines, books, exhibitions and in communication material used by environmental organizations to promote some of his more important campaigns. Website

D. Simon Jackson (Canada) Fellow

Jackson is the founder and chairman of the 6 million-strong Spirit Bear Youth Coalition – the largest youth-run environmental organization in the world – and is executive producer of The Spirit Bear, a forthcoming Hollywood CGI animated movie. Additionally, Jackson sits on several boards pertaining to conservation and youth engagement; is a public affairs commentator for and other publications; and is a sought after motivational speaker with agency Speakers’ Spotlight. For his efforts, Jackson has been named a Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine and was the inspiration for a made-for-TV movie, Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story.

Alison M. Jones (USA) Fellow

An award-winning documentary photographer and International League of Conservation Photography Senior Fellow, Alison Jones is the Founding Director of No Water No Life. This long-term project combines photography, science and stakeholder information to raise awareness of watershed degradation and sustainable solutions that can help ensure clean water for all. Granted an honorary Masters Degree in Photography from Brooks Institute, Jones is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, The Explorers Club, The National Arts Club, and the American Society of Media Professionals. She is a former Director of The North American Nature Photography Association and a founding supporter of Kenya’s Mara Conservancy. Alison recently studied forest ecology and watershed management at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. 

Mark Jordahl (USA) Associate

Jordahl is currently living in Uganda and is an educator, naturalist, writer, and consultant on wildlife conservation and tourism in Uganda. He has a masters degree in Conservation Education and is focusing on conservation-related writing which includes his blog, and a guidebook for Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest.

Apoorva Joshi (India) Fellow

Joshi is an alumna of the University of Montana's School of Journalism, she holds a Master's degree in environmental journalism and has over five years of experience working in various forms of online communication. Currently an independent correspondent reporting exclusively on environmental and science issues for Mongabay, a globally renowned online environmental news site, Apoorva has previously worked with a CBS-affiliated TV station in Bozeman, Montana, as a web and social media producer. She has worked using multiple forms of media from print and online journalism to radio and broadcast media as well. Apoorva also has a Bachelor's degree in environmental science and over eight years of field experience working for wildlife conservation in India. Her primary areas of interest and work include investigating international wildlife crime, reporting on deforestation, habitat loss, conservation ecology, animal behavior, renewable energy, climate change and environmental justice. A strong advocate of using social media and the Internet for making environmental news globally accessible and relevant, Apoorva is an active member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a member of the South Asian Journalists Association. Email; website; some of her published work.

Ted R. Kahn (USA) Academic / Scientific
Kahn is the founder and Executive Director of Neotropical Conservation Foundation, where he designs conservation strategies for near extinct amphibians. The approach taken includes biodiversity corridors, climate science, natural history and ecology with community education and direct involvement, among others. He works in the field in Mesoamerica and South America in order to implement these strategies. Kahn has been a scientific advisor to most US Federal agencies concerned with wildlife and wilderness (USF&WS, NPS, NFS, NWR, BLM and the DOI) and many regional, state, and conservation oriented foundations throughout the western hemisphere. He is a scientific advisor to the Global Amphibian Assessment/IUCN Red List of Threatened Amphibians, which he helped design in 1997. He is also the Senior Research Scientist for the Latin American & Caribbean Social Science Research Network. Kahn is widely published as an author, editor, reviewer, photographer, as well as a scientific illustrator. Kahn’s illustrations are on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, his works and writings can be found in texts, guidebooks, and peer reviewed journals from 1986 onward.

Harry Keys (New Zealand) Fellow

Keys is a scientist with the New Zealand Department of Conservation involved in volcanic risk mitigation and management of Tongariro National Park World Heritage Area. For 14 years to 2013, he contributed to annual meetings of the Antarctic Treaty System. His most recent Antarctic work included developing guidelines for national Antarctic programs to use to improve the protection of wilderness values. In 2007, he was honored by his university with a Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2008 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in recognition of his leading role in the management of a controversial volcanic risk in the World heritage Area. In 2013 he was made a Life Member of the Tongariro Natural History Society, a New Zealand conservation organization.

Wanjiku Kinuthia (Kenya) Fellow
Kinuthia is the communications and marketing officer at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the pioneer, world re-known rhino sanctuary situated in Northern Kenya. She is responsible for the planning, development and delivery of Lewa’s internal and external communication, including the website, the annual report, bi-annual newsletters, the monthly eNewsletters and other publications. She is also in charge of specific marketing campaigns and projects. Wanjiku also shares a passion in photography, and Lewa’s stunning scenery serves as the perfect backdrop for the exploration of this art. She spends most of her free time filming and taking pictures of Lewa’s amazing wildlife.

Wanjiku and her favorite black rhino Elvis 

K.Linda Kivi (Canada) Fellow

Kivi’s work reflects her passion for the Inland Temperate Rainforest, the Columbia Mountains, connection to the natural world, indigenous peoples, women, wilderness conservation, sexuality, love and change. She is the author of three works of literary non-fiction including co-author of The Inner Green: Exploring Home in the Columbia Mountains (with E.D. Pearkes) and is the editor of the anthology The Purcell Suite: Upholding the Wild. The latter has raised both funds and awareness for the Jumbo Wild! campaign. As a peasant interested in re-wilding herself, Kivi gardens, wildcrafts, wanders and practices living cooperatively, consciously and simply. Currently, her blog with author Luanne Armstrong explores people’s relationship to place, especially wild and rural places ( She is also a journalist, a poet, a bookbinder and publisher, a radio host, and the author of two novels that explore the impact of displacement through the refugee experience. She inhabits the Maa Land Co-operative in the Bird Creek watershed in Sinixt Territory in the Columbia Mountains. Website

Cyril Kormos (USA) Academic / Scientific, Founding Fellow

Kormos is the vice president for policy at The WILD Foundation. He is primarily focused on assembling the most up to date information and tools for wilderness conservation and climate change issues. He is also a member of, and helps manage the IUCN-WCPA Wilderness Task Force, and was appointed the IUCN-WCPA Regional Vice-Chair for North American and the Caribbean. Kormos has edited and co-edited many books, including A Handbook for International Wilderness Law and Policy. Prior to coming to The WILD Foundation, Kormos worked for Conservation International as senior director for program management, staff attorney, and director of CI’s policy program.

Bethany Kraft (USA) Fellow

As deputy director for Ocean Conservancy’s Gulf Restoration Program, Bethany Kraft works to secure comprehensive, science-based and community-supported restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem at the local, regional and national levels. She contributes to several environment blogs and wrote a regular column for Mobile Bay Monthly that tied wellness to place. Bethany served previously as the Executive Director of the Alabama Coastal Foundation, an environmental education and habitat restoration non-profit. During her tenure she developed an award-winning citizen science outreach program and was active in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster community response. A lifelong resident of the Gulf region, Bethany resides in New Orleans, Louisianna. She currently experiments with place-based writing from the Canal Street ferry.

Dean Krakel (USA) Fellow

On July 26, 2015, I left my job as a photo editor at the Denver Post to walk The Colorado Trail. The 550-mile journey from Durango, Colorado to my home in Conifer, Colorado took me 11-weeks, climbing more than 100,000 vertical feet, across eight mountain ranges and through six wilderness areas. I am currently working on a book about the trip.

I’m a Wyoming native, born in Laramie in 1952.

For most of my career I have been a photojournalist. I worked at the Rocky Mountain News for over 20 years, as staff photographer and photo editor. In February 2009, when the Rocky published its last edition I was Director of Photography. I was fortunate to have been on the News photo teams that won Pulitzer’s for the Columbine High School shootings (2000) and the forest fires that swept through Colorado (2002).

In 2011 I joined the photo editing staff at the Denver Post, primarily responsible for photo coverage of Colorado’s wide world of sports. But I also participated in covering major breaking news events such as the Aurora theater shootings in 2012 -- for which the Post received a Pulitzer Prize. In 2013 our photo editing team at the Post won the Angus McDougall Excellence in editing award.

I am both a writer and photographer. My work has appeared in everything from National Geographic to Rolling Stone to Cowboys and Indians magazine. Once upon a time I even photographed Marlboro advertisements for the Leo Burnett Agency.

In 2010, between jobs at the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post I traveled to Southern Ethiopia to document the impact of the Gibe III dam on the indigenous peoples living in the Lower Omo River Valley. That trip resulted in an unpublished—as of yet--novel.

I’ve authored three books: Season of the Elk, Lowell Press, 1976; Downriver, a Yellowstone Journey, Sierra Club, 1987; Krakel's West, Scripps Howard, 1997.

Carolyn Kremers (USA) Founding Fellow

Kremers writes literary nonfiction and poetry. Numerous essays and poems of hers have been published in anthologies, magazines, journals, on public radio, and on the Internet. She largely writes about Alaska, the Inland Northwest, Russia, the natural world, conservation and development, indigenous peoples, women, education, music, wonder, and change. Kremers is the author of Place of the Pretend People: Gifts from a Yup’ik Eskimo Village (literary nonfiction) and The Alaska Reader: Voices from the North (anthology of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and oral tradition; co-edited with Anne Hanley). Two other nonfiction books are in-progress: Then Came the Mustang (essays set in Alaska and the Inland Northwest) and Blessings from Buryatia (a book-length nonfiction narrative about the people and republic of Buryatia, Russia). Her poetry book Upriver is complete, and a second book of poetry is in-progress. To contact Kremers via Email.

Zoltán Kun (Hungary) Fellow

Kun is currently the chairman of the European Wilderness Society an entity that envisions 5% of European land protected as wilderness. A conservationist at a young age, Kun dreamed of working with WWF. His dream became a reality in 1996 when he was named coordinator of the Gemenc Foodplain restoration project for WWF Hungary. He attained a forestry technician diploma at the Secondary School in Sopron, Hungary in 1990, and graduated with an MSc in landscape architecture in Hungary at the University of Horticulture and Food Industry in 1996. His final thesis was on flood-plain restoration, written in the Netherlands at the Wageningen Agriculture University in the framework of TEMPUS ICER programme. In 1997 Kun joined the PAN Parks Initiative as conservation manager. He was appointed the Executive Director of PAN Parks in 2002, which position he held until the end of 2013. Kun may be reached by Email or at twitter @zkun1971. He is a contributor to the blog of the European Wilderness Society.

Linda Moore Kurth (USA) Fellow

Kurth is a children’s book writer. Her book, Keiko's Story: A Killer Whale Goes Home, has been distributed to scores of libraries and schools. It’s a true story of an orca named Keiko who became the star of the movie, Free Willy. Kurth chronicled Willy's journey from his capture as a young calf for entertainment purposes to his release nineteen years later in his home waters of Iceland. She continues to write and advocate for wild places and their inhabitants particularly in the Pacific Northwest, hoping to inspire the next generation of environmentalists. For more information or to contact her: email, website, facebook, linkedin.

Page Lambert (USA) Fellow

Lambert grew up in the Colorado mountains, and has been writing about nature since the mid-80s, when she moved to a small ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota (in the northern US). Lambert has received numerous awards for her writing that include essays, poems, and books: In Search of Kinship and Shifting Stars. She has been leading outdoor adventures, writing seminars and workshops for 17 years, often working in partnership with organizations such as The Women’s Wilderness Institute, the Grand Canyon Field Institute, True Nature Journeys, and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. In 2006, Oprah’s O magazine featured her River Writing Journeys for Women as “One of the top six great all-girl getaways of the year.” Lambert serves as an advisor to Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y (Buffalo State College, New York), the nonprofit, Writing for Peace; is a Senior Associate with the Children and Nature Network; Creative Consultant for the Clear Creek Land Conservancy, board member of the Vore Buffalo Jump Foundation, past board member of the Colorado Authors’ League, founding member of the NE Wyoming Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; and founding member of Women Writing the West. She has presented at over 200 seminars, workshops, and conferences, in the U.S. and British Columbia. To find her writing on line visit her blog All Things Literary, All Things Natural and her website.

Stephen Leahy (Canada) Fellow

Leahy been an independent journalist specializing in science and environment for the past 16 years and has been published in dozens of publications around the world including New Scientist, The London Sunday Times, Maclean’s Magazine, Earth Island Journal, The Toronto Star, Wired News, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, and Canadian Geographic. He is currently the international science and environment correspondent for the Rome-headquartered Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world’s 6th largest global news agency.Leahy's IPS articles are published in over 500 newspapers and magazines all over the world reaching an estimated 200 million readers in up to 20 languages. IPS news is also broadcast by over 1000 radio stations, potentially targeting over 150 million listeners. He is a professional member of the International Federation of Journalists; Society of Environmental Journalists; Canadian Freelance Union;  Media & Democracy Group (media training for democracy). Email, Blog

Zachary Lees (USA) Fellow

Lees grew up in Southern New Jersey, where the ocean and back bays meet the pinebarrens. He lived in Vermont for a decade, completing his BFA in creative writing, and skiing, climbing, camping, and hiking through the green mountains. His passion for environmental conservation led him to Vermont Law School where he completed a JD and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy. After traveling throughout the US and living in Alaska for a time as a sea kayak guide, he now works as the Ocean and Coastal Policy Attorney for Clean Ocean Action, an eNGO based on Sandy Hook, NJ. He hopes to continue to use writing as a conservation and education tool and continually seeks new experiences and adventures in the natural world to inspire his writing. Lees can be reached at his email address and Clean Ocean Action's  webpage.

Eric D. Lehman (USA) Fellow

Lehman teaches travel literature and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and his essays, reviews, poems, and stories have been published in dozens of journals and magazines. His dozen books include A History of Connecticut Food, Shadows of Paris, A History of Connecticut Wine, and Connecticut Town Greens: History of the State's Common Centers.  His biography Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America, and was chosen as one of the American Library Association's outstanding university press books of the year. His Pushcart-nominated "love letter" to his adopted state, Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History, is a call for preservation, and an investigation of local ecology. He believes that history and travel help us know the place we live, and therefore know ourselves. Website. email.


Kahindi Lekalhaile (Kenya) Fellow
Mr. Kahindi Lekalhaile is the Director of the Public Affairs Division at Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), a non-governmental organization promoting animal welfare in Africa. His job experience in nature conservation spans for 27 years working as a naturalist, environmental education expert, trainer in wildlife social work, field research scientist, eco-tourism expert, university lecturer, community-based wildlife conservation expert.
Some of his past experiences include: Setting up the Samburu Elephant Research Centre in northern Kenya under Save The Elephants charity in Africa under the supervision of the world-famous expert, Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton; is the pioneer Kenya National advisor to the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) program in Kenya covering the northern Kenya elephant population, which is the largest elephant free-ranging elephant population living outside any protected area in East Africa; he developed the ‘PIKE’ technique (Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants) as an early warning system for elephant ivory poaching in the world; is a renowned crusader against illegal global trade of wildlife and wildlife products. In 2012, as the Chief Executive Director of Ecotourism Kenya, Mr. Lekalhaile was arrested by police for highlighting the serious elephant poaching and ivory trafficking in Kenya. The arrest sparked national and international and anti-poaching campaigns worldwide. The campaigns continue to date; is an Earthwatch Fellow for the Black Lemur Forest Project in Madagascar; is the recipient of the 2006  Conservation Hero award from Disney World; Kahindi is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at Moi University in Kenya, and currently Kahindi is spearheading a crusade against the construction of a standard gauge railway across Nairobi National Park, Kenya old protected area and the only national park inside a capital city anywhere in the world.

Patty Limerick (USA) Fellow

Dr. Limerick is the faculty director and chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a professor of history. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. Limerick has received a number of awards and honors recognizing the impact of her scholarship and her commitment to teaching including the MacArthur Fellowship and the Hazel Barnes Prize, CU's highest award for teaching and research. She has served as president of several professional organizations, advised documentary and film projects, and done two tours as a Pulitzer Nonfiction jurist. She is currently serving as the vice president for the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association. Limerick regularly engages the public on the op-ed pages of local and national newspapers, and in the summer of 2005 she served as a guest columnist for The New York Times. She may be reached via Email.
Photo by Honey Lindburg

David Lindo.(UK) Fellow

David Lindo is The Urban Birder--broadcaster and writer. Previously Head of Membership at the British Trust for Ornithology, Lindo is the author of many articles on urban birds and writes for various websites and magazines including the RSPB’s membership magazine--Birds, Bird Watching Magazine--Britain’s best selling birding publication and the award winning BBC Wildlife Magazine. His new book, The Urban Birder, has just been published. He is currently a patron of Alderney Wildlife Trust, Birding For All and the Spitalfields City Farm. He is also the Founder of the Tower 42 Bird Study Group, co-founder of the Canary Wharf Migrant Bird Project and is on the committee of The Friends Of Wormwood Scrubs. Email, website

Les Line (USA) Founding Fellow  (deceased)

Line was the longest-serving editor of Audubon magazine from 1966 to 1991, and is credited for evolving the publication into “...the most beautiful magazine in the world...” (New York Times). Line had written, edited or photographed more than 30 books on nature and conservation. His honors included a doctorate in literature from Bucknell University and being named a fellow of the Rhode Island School of Design. He was accorded the Jade of Chiefs Award from the Outdoor Writers Association of America; the Hal Borland Award from the Audubon Society; and was named one of 100 heroes of the American conservation movement during the 20th century.

Harvey Locke (Canada) Founding Fellow

Locke is globally known for his work on wilderness, national parks and large landscape conservation from Yellowstone to Yukon and beyond. Named by Time magazine as one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century, his resume is filled with premier publications, keynote speaking engagements and leadership and advisory roles for some of the most well known organizations in the conservation field. He is now playing a leadership role in a global endeavor to unit efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change with nature. A passionate advocate for wild nature, Locke joined The WILD Foundation in January, 2009 as vice president for conservation strategy. He is also senior adviser for conservation to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and strategic advisor to the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

Thomas Locker (USA) Founding Fellow  (deceased)

Locker has spent his entire life in service to his two great passions: painting and nature. Since the opening of his first one-man show in 1964 in New York City, Locker has held more than sixty such exhibitions. He has illustrated more than thirty books, many of which he has written. His books include Sky Tree, Walking with Henry, John Muir: America’s Naturalist, Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder, Hudson: The Story of a River, and Journey to the Mountaintop: On Living and Meaning. Locker’s books have received many awards, include the John Burroughs Award, the Christopher Award, the Knickerbocker Lifetime Achievement Award, the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, the NCTE Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts, the Council of Christian Schools Awards, and The New York Times Award for best illustration. He makes his home in a small village at the edge of the Hudson River.

Neil Losin (USA) Associate
Losin has been interested in nature his whole life, and an avid birder since childhood. An internationally known, award-winning photographer, Losin also has written for nature and science related magazines and books. A Ph.D. candidate in UCLA's department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Losin strongly believes in using writing and photography to engage the public in scientific and environmental issues.

Kaelyn Lynch (USA) Fellow

Lynch is a freelance writer and photographer who focuses on issues of nature and culture. Since graduating from the University of Miami, she has lived and worked abroad on conservation initiatives in Indonesia, Australia, and Myanmar (Burma). She continues to travel to some of the most remote places in the world to document environmental issues. In particular, Kaelyn's work revolves around the intersection of people and nature. Her work seeks to promote mutual understanding across cultures and viewpoints, investigate innovative conservation efforts, and give voice to people affected by climate change. In addition to her magazine publications, she writes for the non-profit Community Empowerment Network and the climate change awareness organization What's Your Impact. While appreciative of all forms of nature, Kaelyn has a special affinity for our underwater world. She is a certified Divemaster with experience in the Caribbean, South Africa, Indonesia, and Australia. Website:  LinkedIn.


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