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 at email@example.com.
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, 234next.com as writer, online broadcaster and producer. He may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: CleanUpTheRiver.com and FootprintsAndPhotographs.com. 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.
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 at: email@example.com.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Guardian.co.uk. 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. www.ashfeldt.com.
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.
Priya Serang Bani (Malaysia) Associate
Bani is a Business Administration graduate who majored in management information systems. Working for a few years in international schools, she then decided to complete her post graduate studies in International Education at Nottingham University, UK. While working for the World Wildlife Fund Malaysia in 2010, she supported the Coral Triangle National Secretariat and produced a Coral Triangle Initiative booklet for the National Oceanographic Directorate Malaysia to raise marine conservation awareness. She has participated in various roundtable discussions on marine mammal stranding and greening the maritime sector. As one of the team members of the Thailand Flood Relief Mission in December 2011, she helped out at the government quarantine shelter for rescued dogs. Her hobbies include swimming and jungle trekking. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
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 http://www.nabci-us.org/allbirdbulletin.htm 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, 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.
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 http://newsciencejournalism.net/ and can be reached at email@example.com.
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 www.wilderness.net and companion social network connect.wilderness.net 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.gailgoldberger.com. Learn more about her at www.linkedin.com/in/ggoldberger.
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 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 at email@example.com.
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.
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, twitter, linkedin.