International League of Conservation Writers
Writing to inspire the love of nature and a passion for its protection.
ILCW Member Bios
Osiman is a Zimbabwean conservationist working for the Endangered Wildlife Trust as a Community Projects Coordinator. He is pursuing PhD studies through Leiden University, The Netherlands. His work entails promoting the involvement of rural communities in the conservation of African crane species in East and Southern Africa. Osiman has over twelve years of field experience in community-based projects in the region having worked for Birdlife Zimbabwe, SAFIRE (Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources) and the Institute of Environmental Studies (University of Zimbabwe). He played a key role in developing bird conservation programmes during his stint at Birdlife Zimbabwe. His decision to be an environmental writer was prompted by the lack of appropriate forums and institutions that focus on simplifying and disseminating conservation research results and project outputs for the benefit of non-conservationists. His goal is to publicise community-driven approaches to highlight the critical role that communities play in conserving biodiversity outside protected areas in Africa. Osiman holds a MSc. Environmental Management degree from the University of Wolverhampton and a BSc. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. He has interests in the fields of human-environment interactions, livelihood-environment linkages and visioning for positive conservation outcomes. Osiman regularly writes articles for publication in the Grus Grapevine and the ACWAC newsletter, two newsletters published by the African Crane Conservation Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. He can be contacted at email or email
Mack obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Miami Tropical Biology Program in 1995. He built a research station in a remote rainforest of New Guinea and lived there five years studying cassowaries, seed dispersal and rainforest ecology. He started a conservation training program for Papua New Guinean students and lived in PNG another ten years building the program. That program has evolved into the PNG Institute of Biological Research. Over the years he has joined and organized many biological expeditions across the region. Mack has worked for two of the largest international conservation organizations and two of the largest natural history museums in the United States. Mack is now an independent conservationist, author, and executive director of the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance. His experiences in New Guinea over 20 years form the foundation of his new book Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest. Although he has over 50 technical peer-reviewed publications, he most enjoys sharing his unique experiences and perspectives on rainforests and conservation with general readers. He now lives on a small tree farm in western Pennsylvania. More at blog.
Macleod is founder of Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues, the Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism. The unit combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organised crime syndicates in southern Africa. Prior to founding Oxpeckers, Macleod worked as an award-winning journalist and editor at a range of the region’s top media. She served as environmental editor at the Mail&Guardian newspaper for 10 years, and was awarded the prestigious Nick Steele award recognising her contributions to environmental conservation through her pioneering reportage. She is currently still editor of the M&G Greening the Future and the M&G Investing in the Future CSI/R awards programmes. Macleod is a member of the judging panel of the eta Awards, which reward exceptional effort in the more efficient use of energy. She has also served terms on the judging panels of the SANParks Kudu Awards and she ran The Green Trust awards, SA’s premier environmental awards programme, for four years.
MacVaugh for the longest time struggled to understand why he cared. He grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs in the 1970s and 1980s, and like many kids his age, he spent a lot of time running around the backyard, climbing trees, and playing with his dog, a golden retriever named Tahoe. None of this, though, satisfactorily explained his later irrepressible urge to do something to conserve land and nature. Only in the last few years has he realized why he cares: he got his hands dirty and watched while things grew, thrived, and died. His mother and grandparents fed the birds, rabbits, and squirrels in the yard. They also kept a flower and vegetable garden and insisted Fred help. He hated tilling, planting, weeding, and harvesting. He’d have rather watched television. Now he struggles to find fruitful ways to combine his indivisible passions for writing, reading, history, literature, and nature with teaching and conservation. Before beginning an MFA in creative writing and environment at Iowa State University, Fred earned an MA in English as well as an MA and a BA in history. In addition, Fred’s worked for the National Park Service (NPS) for seven years; taught college-level English and history; and worked as a newspaper reporter and obituary writer, writing tutor, grocery clerk, and editorial assistant at the University of Nebraska Press. His publications include numerous newspaper and magazine articles in the El Paso Times, Daily Local News, Des Moines Register, and Southern New Mexico Magazine; scholarly reviews in New Mexico Historical Review, Password, and Southwestern Historical Quarterly; and poetry in Plains Song Review and Watershed. He’s also written an (unpublished) history of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Preserving the Underground: The Creation of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 1922–1930. Current projects include a book-length collection of lyric and narrative poetry and a memoir/environmental history that explores not only his affinity for place but also the history of America’s national parks and how to combine creative writing and science instruction to strengthen and promote environmental awareness and behavior change.
Mr. Madasamy (B. Sc. Chemistry) works as a postal assistant near Thekkady, an international tourist destination in India. A member of the International Peace Bureau (Switzerland) and Control Arms Foundation in India (working for a world without war) he is a peace and nature activist. Madasamy has written many articles for the daily newspaper, Deepika, on the environment. He was nominated for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP’s) green star award in 2011 and has presented many papers on the environment and world peace at several universities. Born in Kerala, India, Madasamy is married and has two children. He may be reached at: email or by phone: +919946090356, and +919947246109.
Maher is a graphic designer, writer, and filmmaker. She is the production manager of the International Journal of Wilderness and is currently involved with managing the International League of Conservation Writers organization; the 3rd Third, a membership group for those over 55; and editing Films By Fulcrum film projects. She is the author of Colorado History Mysteries: As Told by a Colorado Native.
Mann is a poet based in North Yorkshire, England. His work includes Finders Keepers, a 2016 project on endangered species of the British Isles. His work has been translated into Chinese, Macedonian, Slovakian, German and Swedish. His first pamphlet, ‘Lift’ was shortlisted for ‘Best Pamphlet’ in the 2014 Sabotage Awards, and won the UNESCO Bridges of Struga Award. He is a 2016 Hawthornden Fellow. More of his work may be found at Man Made Books.
Marchand is a former executive director of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Quebec chapter, and helped develop the idea of "wilderness" in French known as Nature sauvage. Marchand also played a key role in Quebec's government commitment to protect at least half of Northern Quebec. She was given the Golden Leaf Award from the Canadian Council on Ecological Integrity for the work she led on the Dumoine Watershed. Marchand is currently working to bring the plains bison back to Banff National Park in Canada and with The WILD Foundation in their Nature Needs Half campaign (preserving half of the world for nature).
Markham is a journalist, multimedia producer and editor. He has worked as writer and editor for United Press International (London), was a news writer and editor for ABC News where he was the founding producer and editor of Earthfile, an internationally syndicated environmental magazine program. As director of communications at the Environmental Communications Centre Markham worked with clients such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Earthwatch, the National Park Service, and the National Science Foundation (Antarctic program), among others. He has also been a writer, editor and producer of environmental topics for many newspapers in the US. Markham also enjoys being an interpreter at the Biltmore Estate/Historic Farm Village leading demonstrations and tours for adults and school groups in Asheville,
Marquis is founder and editor of The Digital Naturalist (TDN), is also a writer and editor on the award-winning National Parks magazine, which reaches more than 325,000 members of the National Park Conservation Association. Her love for visual storytelling first bloomed in 2000 as a photo editor on National Wildlife magazine--but it was her passion for music that recently led her to start pushing stories off the printed page. After researching scores of advocacy videos on the internet, she realized she was just one of many trying to understand this new medium. So she created TDN to share her findings and create an open forum where everyone can continue to learn. Amy lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and also serves as an affiliate with the International League of Conservation Photographers and a freelance multimedia editor for The WILD Foundation. Her essay about her experiences in Big Bend National Park in Texas was published in the book The National Parks: Our American Landscape by photographer Ian Shive. Marquis may be reached at email.
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Martin is president of The WILD Froundation. An innovative leader known for bridging the interests of people and nature, he has lived extensively overseas, worked in over 45 countries, and helped to establish many non-profits. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations such as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Friends of Peace Parks, Conservation & Preservation Charities of America, Fulcrum Publishing, Wilderness Foundation (South Africa), Wilderness Foundation (UK), and others. He is also the founder and current co-chairman of the IUCN Wilderness Task Force and has edited and authored many publications, including most recently: Wilderness (with Patricio Robles Gil, the renowned Mexican conservation photographer); Wilderness, Wildlands and People: A Partnership for the Planet, the plenary proceedings from the 8th World Wilderness Congress (Anchorage, Alaska, 2005). A native of the U.S. Piedmont region, he graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University.
Michael has been writing conservation articles for over 30 years, starting in 1978 with The Alaska Fishing and Hunting magazine, and most recently with an article in the International Journal of Wilderness. He was a panel member of nature and conservation writers at the WILD9 in Merida, Mexico in 2009. Michael has lectured internationally on wilderness topics and has appeared on PBS radio, CNBC, and was interviewed in the New York Times. Currently he is working on a book about Alaska’s wild coast. website
McCallum is a medical doctor, Jungian psychologist, wilderness guide, founder of the Wilderness Leadership School in the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, and director of the Wilderness Foundation Africa. He is the author of Thorns to Kilimanjaro, Ecological Intelligence: Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature, and a poetry collection, Wild Gifts. In the 1970s he played fullback for Springbok, South Africa’s national union rugby team. McCallum currently lives in Cape Town with his wife, Sharon. McCallum is also involved with "UNTAMED" a collaborative project that explores the lost balance between humankind and nature. http://www.untamedexhibition.co.za/
Meadows covers conservation, agriculture and energy in California, where the three issues intersect and often conflict. She also has a thing for molecular biology. And she's writing What's That Crop?, a fun field guide to California crops: whatsthatcrop.tumblr.com. Her work, which has won several awards, has appeared in Audubon, Conservation, Ecosystem Marketplace, Environmental Health Perspectives, High Country News, Muse, Nature, PLOS Biology, and Smithsonian Zoogoer, among others. She’s a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists, and is a board member of the Northern California Science Writers Association. Robin has graduate degrees in biology and science communication; enjoys hiking, photography and travel; and divides her time between California and Hawaii. Visit her website.
Mehra is a trained Environmental Scientist from India associated as the Resource Persons/ Faculty & Guest/ Visiting Faculty and/or Administrate/Manager/Advisor at academic institutions, governmental organizations (GOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Consultancy Firms on the contractual basis in the field of Conservation & Environmental Sciences mainly on the aspects of water & biodiversity since 1999. Presently, he is working on the interdisciplinary site specific approach with local community in the rural and tribal parts of Rajasthan (India) in association with the local and regional NGOs on the concept of “Conservation Practices for Sustainable Livelihood” with the prime focus of Conservation of Water and associated Biodiversity.
Academically, Mehra achieved basic sciences degrees of Bachelor, Master and Doctoral in Environmental Sciences along with certificates in allied aspects of Climate Change, Land Use Planning, Disaster Management etc. The professional degrees of Law (LLB) with the continuation of the PG Program in Development Management are the assets of his activist role.
Trained in media and journalism during Mehra’s academic life, he has contributed over 20 articles for research and scientific communities whereas more than hundred popular articles are written for the mass mobilization and sensitization in the field of conservation.
Psychology Graduate with a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism, Bhavna's love for nature and the wild started at an early age. A visit to Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, India strengthened her desire to be deeply involved in forested landscapes. After an internship with the NGO ‘Nature First’ which works to find solutions to reduce carbon emissions, she moved to on field conservation and started working with an organisation called The Last Wilderness (LWF). During the last six years with LWF, as part of a team and as the project coordinator, she has conducted socio-economic surveys of forest dwellers, undertaken outreach and bio diversity sensitization programmes for the local communities, participated in capacity building and training of frontline Forest Department personnel and executed a project in and around the Panna National Park to provide vocational training to the children of a hunting community called the Pardhis, in order to provide alternative sources of livelihood. The Reports on these projects are available on the LWF website. This apart, she has also written stories in Hindi to dispel myths about animals in order to create awareness about the need to protect them, written a book in English for children on otters as part of a team that works for conservation of Otters in Goa, (Wild Otters) as well as a story on crocodiles dispelling the myth of crocodile 'tears' in the context of the Goa landscape. Bhavna is also interested in putting down her ideas in graphic form and has drawn a series of caricatures depicting man-animal conflict for the LWF website. Her dream is to document the beliefs and cultures of communities all over India (working with them wherever possible) and try and further understand man's relationship with nature in the socio-religious context. She has a blog named bhavnamenon.blogspot.com and tweets as B_menon 86. She is available at the email .
Meyer was born in Bayreuth, Germany, and is a resident to Bavarian capital of Munich. For most of his career Meyer wrote for special interest magazines about nature, wildlife and hunting. Ever since 1997 he gave special attention to wilderness matters. One of his more widely recognized wilderness projects was an initiative that put the Bavarian State Ballet into the Wilderness of the Bavarian National Parks. This initiative resulted in different dance performances and also a movie, which Meyer directed. He has also produced and directed an educational movie about conservation and the return of large carnivores to Germany. His book writing endeavors include a children’s book about wildlife and compiling the German edition of World Changing--A Users Guide to the 21st Century. Meyer’s long lasting ambition is to bring Aldo Leopold’s heritage to Germany, which in 1992 resulted in the German edition of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac. In his works Meyer strives to render the beautiful intricacies of wild nature to broader audiences, hoping always to heed the warning of Aldo Leopold: In our attempt to make conservation easy, we have made it trivial. A link to Meyer’s ballet in the wilderness film.
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Over twenty six years of safari guiding, photojournalism assignments, consultancy projects and conservation work have taken Ian to almost every national park, game reserve and wilderness area in southern and East Africa. His interests cover all the environmental, conservation and ecotourism issues and challenges the African continent faces. While best known for his features, columns and blogs in Africa Geographic, his work has appeared in a number of publications around the world. Ian is also the author and photographer of seven natural history and travel books on Africa. More recently, Ian was the Researcher, Consultant and Lead Character in the award-winning feature documentary, Blood Lions and is currently part of the leadership team running the global campaign to end predator breeding and canned hunting. He is a member of The Conservation Action Trust, a Director of Eden to Addo and when not out in the field, he is based along the Garden Route in South Africa, where he runs Invent Africa , a safari and ecotourism company offering trips to 15 countries across Africa.
Dr. Miller’s list of accomplishments and esteemed positions within the conservation world are nearly un-matched. As an officer of the United National Food and Agriculture Organization, he headed FAO’s Latin American Program on Wildland Management. He authored the first text on park planning for the Spanish-speaking world, developed and taught graduate programs in parks and wildland management at CATIE (Costa Rica) and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, and played a significant role in the design and implementation of three World Park Congresses (1982, 1992, and 2003). Dr. Miller also played a significant role in the development of the Global Convention for the Conservation of Biological Diversity (CBD) and held the position of Director General of the IUCN from 1983-1988. He also recently finished his third term as Chair of the WCPA. Miller is a mentor to many conservation leaders around the world, and is recognized particularly for his energetic promotion of innovation and learning in the field of parks and protected areas.
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Minard is currently a Ted Scripps Fellow for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She’s a freelance journalist with published articles in National Geographic News, The New York Times Science Times, the L.A. Times, Science magazine, the Associated Press, KNAU (Flagstaff, Arizona’s NPR affiliate), Arizona Highways, High Country News, National Parks magazine and other outlets. Early in her career Minard wrote about science and the environment for newspapers including the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star, (Flagstaff) Arizona Daily Sun and the Idaho State Journal. She holds B.S. and Master's degrees in biology.
For the last thirty years Mitchell has been editor of the environmental journal Sanctuary, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He is also the author of nine books including Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile, Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land, and The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness. A former journalist, Mitchell has had assignments in southern India, the South China Sea, and has written extensively about Western Europe. Currently he is writing a natural history of Boston. Among his accomplishments is the John Burroughs Essay Award.
Mizzi is an international freelance nature and wildlife conservation writer. She is a member of the Royal Geographic Society and Environment Trust and has written a number of articles on numerous species for international magazines and newspapers including National Wildlife Federation magazine, Africa Geographic, Australian Wildlife magazine, Wild Magazine and The Sunday Times. Follow her writing on her website.
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Moir is an environmental journalist who often writes about preserving biodiversity. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and many conservation publications. He is the author of two nonfiction books including Return of the Condor: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction, which was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize from Stanford University as well as being honored by the National Association of Science Writers. John has also contributed to three anthologies and has received numerous awards for his writing including First Place in Literature from the 2014 Eco Arts awards and First Place for Profile from the 2013 American Society of Journalists and Authors awards. Contact John through his website.
French Canadian Suzanne Mondoux has found passion and purpose in writing as a way to share stories about conservation. Stories allow a reader to dive into the life of animals living and dying in dire circumstances brought on by human fear and desperation, and how life is for those dedicated to being a voice and warrior for all Animal Beings.
Suzanne has written two novels 1) How I Became a Dragon and 2) Tragedy of the Moth. How I Became a Dragon explores the day and the life of a young conservationist faced with challenges of working the Republic of Congo, while trying to save lives. Tragedy of the Moth is not a traditional fiction novel or novel on conservation but on the choices people are faced with, while others deemed themselves judge and jury. The story does touch gently on human sacrifice to save others in Africa. This story takes you the journey of poetry, screenplay, and play.
Suzanne is currently working on her third novel -- title yet to be confirmed. However, it is a fantastical fiction novel about equality with all Beings - Humans and Animals --Beings! Délia born of an Assisi Human mother was relinquished to a Being a few days after her birth. This thirteen year old girl discovers her duty in life and the challenges that come with it. She finds courage and wisdom throughout her journey in this mythical world to return home and finding her voice, the warrior to ensure all Beings are equal. For more information see her website or contact her at email.
Moritsch is the author of The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley's Sacred Wild Nature (2012). She retired from the U.S. National Park Service in 2006, after working as a ranger, naturalist, biologist, and plant ecologist in five western parks--Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, and Point Reyes. She can be contacted through email. Please visit her website for more information.
Muga is the weekend editor as well as a columnist for The Star; and a contributing editor (Science and Technology) for the East African Flyer. He also contributes a weekly “Letter from Africa” to the BBC World Service (Business Daily). He is a former columnist for the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper, and the monthly magazines, Nairobi-based Diplomat East Africa, and the London-based African Business. In 2006, he was listed by the Financial Times as "Kenya’s most influential print commentator." And in 2011, he won the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Award prize for Best Tourism Feature and has been a finalist for this award several times, both in radio and in print. He is also a previous winner (2004/5) of the Peter Jenkins Awards for East African Conservation Journalism. Muga is a Fellow of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and a Fellow of the Property and Environment Research Centre (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana. Email.
Muir is chief executive officer of the Wilderness Foundation, South Africa, and is an environmental activist, conservationist, and community leader. He has dedicated his life to conservation and social development and was mentored by conservation icon Dr. Ian Player for 13 years. Muir took over Player's legacy in the management of the various organizations that Player had founded, including the world famous Wilderness Leadership School and Wilderness Foundation in South Africa. As director of the Wilderness Foundation, Muir is involved in a number of projects dedicated to social and environmental sustainability including the South African–based Umzi Wethu program which he founded in 2006. The program targets vulnerable youth that show resilience and ambition, but despair of opportunities to support their households, and gives them the skills and training to become highly employable young adults. Muir was honored as an International Rolex Awards Laureate in 2008 as well as the South African Conservationist of the Year in 2007. He was also the winner of the 2011 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards Program in the Social entrepreneur category. The award was won based on the large number of sustainable program that the Wilderness Foundation runs dedicated to social and environmental sustainability. Muir has a Masters Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and serves on a number of non-profit and conservation boards.
Donna Mulvenna is a horticulturist, nature and sports writer, and author of Wild Roots, Coming Alive in the French Amazon. She lives surrounded by wildlife in French Guiana. Her ramblings offer readers a glimpse into the fascinating world of the Amazon rainforest, reveal its profound effect on each of us and, she hopes, inspires us to build our own connection with the natural world. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to people who are not her kind of wild, but Donna refuses to own a mobile phone, rarely wears shoes, and is passionate about living on a whole food, plant-based diet. If she can’t be writing from her treetop office, swinging in a hammock or somewhere off the coast reading from a sea kayak, she will be hurtling along the wild rivers of the Amazon in a sprint canoe. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter
Mutu is responsible for the communications and marketing of a conservation and eco-tourism organization in Kenya. She is a trained public speaker and speaking coach. From an early age Mutu has been an avid reader with a strong interest in wildlife and the environment. Currently she is pursuing these twin loves as a freelance writer focusing on topics of conservation, eco-tourism and sustainable land-use. Mutu’s articles have appeared in many publications including East African Wildlife Society (SWARA), East Africa Destination magazine and local dailies. She is a member of Nature Kenya, East African Wildlife Society and the Kenya Museums Society. Through her writing, Mutu wants to bring awareness to environmental issues in Kenya, the fragile state of these areas, and their immense value to local communities and the country. Mutu has also coordinated the PR and communication for a sports event for young Maasai men aimed at providing alternatives to the traditional coming-of-age pursuit of lion killing. Email.
Michelle Nijhuis is a longtime contributing editor of High Country News and a contributing writer for Smithsonian. Her work has appeared in many other publications including National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, and been included in the anthologies Best American Science Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. A lapsed biologist, she specializes in long-form stories about conservation and global change, but she's covered subjects ranging from border security to wrestling. In 2011, as an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, she reported on radical measures to conserve critically endangered species. She lives in rural western Colorado with her husband and young daughter. Follow her on Twitter @nijhuism or read more about her work at website.
Barbara graduated with a BA in Chemistry from Florida Southern College and then received an MA in Librarianship and Information Science from the University of Denver. She was the Manager/Chief Librarian of the Technical Information Center at Manville Corporation for 11 years. Norton then became the Manager of Project Information for Chronopol Inc. (a company of ACX Technologies). At Chronopol she was the liason between the scientific researchers and the company’s patent attorneys. She is the founder of Norton Information Services which specializes in patent and scientific literature research.
Norton has been photographing and working to save wilderness worldwide for more than 45 years and is the author and/or photographer of sixteen books. His most recent book, Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning, has won praise from Jane Goodall, Richard Engel of NBC News and was selected as a finalist for the Colorado 2012 Book Awards. His writing and photography has been featured in most major magazines in the United States and Europe. Norton, a conservationist, has testified numerous times before the US Congress on behalf of park legislation and wilderness proposals. He played a key role in establishing the Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and new national parks in Alaska. He also worked with the late David Brower in helping to establish Siberia's Lake Baikal as a World Heritage Site (the status was granted in 1996). He is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and is a co-founder and co-director of Serengeti Watch, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the Serengeti ecosystem. He has been an invited speaker and panelist at the 8th and 9th World Wilderness Congress and will be participating in the 10th World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain in October, 2013. For more information see his website.
Rosalia Omungo is currently a Knight Science Journalism fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a television journalist and news editor for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in Nairobi, where she leads the Health, Science and environment desk, overseeing features reporting, Your Health and Eco Watch programmes. In 2014, she was selected as the first Earth Journalism Scholar at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she spent Spring 2014 semester taking advanced classes in journalism and environmental studies. Her work has earned her accolades among them Commonwealth award for excellence in reporting environment in Africa (2010). She reports on climate change, water, biodiversity and agriculture. She is the chairperson of the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA) and member of the Kenya Editors Guild as well as the Society for Environmental Journalists. She has a Masters degree in Development Communication from Daystar University, Kenya.
beatrizpadilla is a visual artist working for the environment. Focused on the portrayal of endangered and protected wilderness around the world, beatrizpadilla is creating an increasingly powerful statement for nature conservation. To date her painting expeditions cover twenty conservation projects spanning from Tierra del Fuego to the US and from Europe to southern and central Africa. She has produced environmental education and information videos, and has worked on the project to design and build Mexico’s first, and so far only, transcontinental solar racecar. Her organization Tinta Vital is creating comic books for the preservation of wildlife and wilderness to be given to local people in areas where their natural surroundings may be compromised by resource extraction. Educating local people through comic books will allow conservation efforts to reach a larger public and allow field conservationists to venture into wild areas in a friendlier social environment.
Charuni is an undergraduate at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she is following the Environmental Science Programme. She contributes to the Students’ Blog which gives her a platform to write about local and global environmental issues. One of her major interests lies in the human-elephant conflict that is prevalent in certain areas in Sri Lanka. She believes that conservation and community development should go hand in hand for man and animal to coexist. She can be contacted via email
Bruce Paton was born in India where his father was a doctor in the Indian Medical Service and was educated in Scotland, including receiving his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh. He developed an interest in the outdoors and climbing at an early age and has been an ardent bird-watcher since the age of nine. After graduating from medical school he worked in a remote region of Kenya for a year before returning to Scotland for additional training. During his time in Kenya Paton climbed Kilimanjaro as doctor with the first Outward Bound course ever held in Africa. He spent eight years in training and moved to Denver, Colorado USA and joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of medicine becoming Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Acting Dean. During this period he became involved in environmental concerns as President of the Denver Audubon Society and Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Outward Bound School and President of the Wilderness Medical Society. He is a member of the American Alpine Club and a lifetime member of the Nature Conservancy. In addition to professional writings he wrote a regular column for a climbing magazine. He has written two books about the history of North American exploration, Lewis and Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness and Adventuring with Boldness.
Dr. Paudel is a Conservation Biologist whose interests include the biogeography of Himalayan birds, mammals and butterflies, with a special focus on altitudinal gradients of species diversity, reserve design in face of global change, and conservation education. He earned a Ph.D. in the Biology of Ecosystems at the University of South Bohemia in 2012, and then worked as a Research Scientist at the Global Change Research Center of Czech Academy of Sciences. He is now Executive Editor of the Journal Conservation Science. He is co-author of the textbook “Conservation Biology: A Primer for Nepal”. Dr. Paudel contributed several chapters to books about biodiversity, and his articles have appeared in many prestigious journals. He is writing a popular book about nature conservation targeting general audience in his native country Nepal. Email
African wildlife enthusiast and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Rowena Paxton, co-founded Planet Afryca, an online digital publishing company committed to continuing the legacy of renowned vet (Daktari) and wildlife educator, Dr. Sue Hart. When Sue passed away in 2010, Rowena, her good friend and business partner, set about continuing their joint vision of sharing the magic of the African wilderness and the enchantment of the bushveld with children around the world. To that end, Rowena has brought Sue Hart’s collection of short stories, Tales of the Full Moon, into the 21st century, through a range of educational, entertaining and interactive media for children (and adults) in the form of short films, apps, audio books and an eBook. Recently, they have been made available in Mandarin, not only providing an opportunity for English speakers learning the language to hone their skills but, importantly, opening children in China up to the vital lessons which Planet Afryca is trying to teach. Together these materials create a virtual world that immerses the audience in the beauty and diversity of Sue Hart’s African wilderness. If Planet Afryca can, in some small way, help children to connect with the animals that inspire so many of us and, through that connection, they can learn to respect and maybe even preserve the African Bushveld of “Daktari”, then the legacy of “Daktari Sue” will live on. Website
Mark is natural history writer (most often inspired by birds) and a dedicated conservationist of many years standing. A trained ornithologist and passionate birder, he has recently concentrated on people engagement and outreach, especially within urban communities. He is regularly approached to promote birds and wildlife in the media, and recent television and radio appearances have included BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch, BBC Natural World, various radio stations, NPR in the USA, The World Service and others. Mark is often commissioned to write articles for wildlife magazines and journals, recently including Birdwatch, Natural World, Wild London, Birdguides and Lost In London. He is also a successful songwriter and musician, and is presently working on his first book. Mark and his work can be tracked down at his website.
Peavey writes stories about her life on a sheep and cattle ranch in south-central Idaho--its people, history and the changing landscape of the American west. These pieces have aired weekly on Idaho Public Radio for 15 years and many are collected in her book Bitterbrush Country: Living on the Edge of the Land (Fulcrum Publishing, 2001). Her writings also have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and in anthologies. Peavey has been an invited poet at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and a panelist in discussions on Women in Ranching at this event. She was the first director of the Idaho Rural Council, the Literature Director for the Idaho Commission on the Arts and is the co-founder with her husband John of the October Trailing of the Sheep Festival in the Wood River Valley, Idaho.
Pellerito is a freelance nature and garden writer. She is in the process of turning her yard into a wildlife garden. Check out her blog, Going Native, where she chronicles her thoughts and experiences about the natural world around her.
Pholo is an environment journalist and general secretary of the Congolese network of environment journalists, a farmer, and a community leader and human rights defender. He works as the national focal point of TerrAfrica network CSOs involved in the land management with a desire to be more involved in the work. He is also the focal point director of Green Impact Drc. Pholo is the redaction secretary of the newspaper Info-Environement and may be reached at P.O. Box 3659, Kinshasa-Gombe. 0024399218472. He may be contacted at Email1 or at Email2.
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.
Anne is a Singapore-based storyteller (writer, blogger and photographer), passionate about nature and its conservation. Her writings highlight endemic species, indigenous peoples and local artisans, especially in Asia. Starting from an early age, Anne was rescuing injured animals around her home in Bombay (now Mumbai), India and was a birdwatching enthusiast as well. Later, she obtained an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences-Biochemistry and became a Life Member of the Bombay Natural History Society. Following her MBA from the University of Maryland, USA; Anne went on to have a corporate career in brand management and communications with leading global brands. She has now transitioned to writing full time and is an ardent nature advocate. She values the power of social media in amplifying the conservation message. Anne contributes to several magazines in Singapore and her first book on the ‘Peranakan Tiles of Singapore’ was released in 2015. She chronicles her travels and nature experiences on her personal blog No Roads Barred and can be reached via email. You can also follow her on Twitter or Instagram.
Player was born in South Africa in 1927 and educated at St. John’s College, Johannesburg. During World War II, he served in the 6th South African Armoured Division in Italy from 1944–1946. He joined the Natal Parks Board in 1952 and became warden of the Umfolozi Game Reserve. He obtained protection status for the Umfolozi and St. Lucia Wilderness areas, the first designated wilderness areas on the African continent. He helped save the southern race of the white rhino from extinction. He is the founder of the Wilderness Leadership School that for the last fifty years has educated generations of conservationists from three continents. He convened the first World Wilderness Congress in 1977 and the eight subsequent congresses around the world. He is the author of Zulu Wilderness.
As a negotiator and independent academic, with a PhD in wildlife policy and law, Margi has written professionally to inform policy audiences in more than 20 different international conservation processes. Her academic monograph Global Environmental Governance, Civil Society and Wildlife: Birdsong After the Storm speaks to the need for collaboration at the international governance table to secure what is precious in the face of an unprecedented ‘storm’ of environmental and political change facing the world. Under contract to Ashgate Publishing the book will be released in March 2017. She has begun a second, non-fiction book Wild Tapestry: The loom of survival that will be release in mid 2017. Along the way, her shorter musings about wildlife and conservation have been published on openDemocracy, Global Policy, AlterNet and Ecologist. Margi can be reached at email, a collection of Margi’s writing can be read at WildPolitics.
Purvis first arrived in Kenya thirty years ago to escort a safari group. She became passionate about the country, wildlife, and safaris, and continued to work in the safari and travel industry for twenty years. During those years, her safari adventures prompted her to write. Now, as a freelance writer, Mary primarily covers stories about wildlife conservation writing for RSPB, Birdlife International, the East African Wildlife Society's publication (SWARA), various websites, and also blogs on her site: www.makenasafaritales.com. She is working on a novel that is based in Kenya, which incorporates the poaching crisis of the 1980s, as well as ongoing conservation and wildlife issues in East Africa. Mary's latest project is getting the word out about crowding and wildlife harassment in reserves and parks. She feels that spreading awareness among tour companies and tourists can facilitate resolving the issue, so a pamphlet has been created addressing universal game drive guidelines that can be found on her website. Not totally giving up safaris, Mary owns Makena Safaris LLC, a small company specializing in custom safaris that are low-impact and conservation oriented. Email.
Rajesh is a Global Immigration lawyer by profession and a passionate Naturalist based in Bengaluru, India. He is an adventurous explorer by nature and involved in exploring new habitats and documenting animal behavior for more than two decades. He is presently a Founding Trustee of Bat Conservation India Trust and involved in carrying out conservation action through research and education. He is also a wildlife photographer, citizen scientist and an avid writer who has contributed extensively for various books and magazines across the world. Some of his articles are published in magazines like Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, Indian Birds, Birds of Konkan and Goa, Euro-Parrot and Indian Mammals. As an educator he has conducted numerous presentations, events and field trips for all age groups (as early as 3 years) thus inspiring more people to respect nature. Email
Quetchenbach was born in Rochester, New York, and lives in Billings, Montana, where he teaches at Montana State University Billings. His poetry, essays, articles, reviews, and literary criticism have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He has published two books of poetry, The Hermit's Place (2010, Wild Leaf Press) and Everything as It Happens (2007, FootHills Publishing, two poetry chapbooks, and an ecocritical study, Back from the Far Field: American Nature Poetry in the Late Twentieth Century (2000, UP of Virginia). He was co-editor of Lake Hollingsworth: Reflections and Studies on a Florida Landmark (2005, History Press), and editor of a journal, The River Review/La Revue riviere, and is currently poetry editor of Pellucid Duck, a new online magazine. A long-time member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (Asle), he serves on the program planning board for Nature and Environmental Writers/College and University Educators (New-Cue), and is a board member of the Eastern Wildlands Chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association.
Raghavan has been writing popular articles as well as research papers on freshwater fish conservation and management in the local, national and international arena since 2000. Currently there are 45 publications to his credit which include 15 popular articles and 16 research papers (cited in the SCI) apart from book chapters and conference proceedings.
Rajakaruna is pursuing a PhD in Ecology at the Post Graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya. Living on a small island in the Indian Ocean, one that is considered a bio-diversity hot spot, Rajakaruna was always inspired by nature’s beauty as it drew her interests towards exploring the natural environment around her. She obtained an Applied Biology degree from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka in 2011 and plans to do research work in animal behavior, ecosystem management and community participation for conservation. Rajakaruna won the best writer award for her essay “Inspiring the communities to protect the forests” at the Asia Pacific Forestry week, 2011 in Beijing organized by the FAO. She also won the prize for the best internship report of the Students Conference on Conservation Science, University of Cambridge, UK, 2013. An amateur writer in conservation Rajakaruna hopes to use her passion in writing for the betterment of both man and environment.
When not behind her desk meeting deadlines, Executive Editor, Sanctuary Asia , India’s best-known wildlife and conservation magazine, Lakshmy Raman, enjoys reading, and long walks in wooded trails. Co-editor of The Tadoba Inheritance and Wild Maharashtra, large format books on Maharashtra’s wilderness areas, she has always felt a deep connection with the natural world. Her articles on nature, travel, climate change and the current issues facing India's wildlife have been widely published. With a background in biochemistry and zoology, she is passionate about nature writing and conservation issues and believes it offers a great common ground on which science and traditional ecological knowledge can thrive.
Ramirez is a trained environmental biologist devoted to communicate on wilderness conservation with extensive experience in writing about nature and wildlife. Because of her passion for nature and mountains she worked as mountain guide for 12 years and from this experience she kept maintaining that ecotourism and hiking in protected areas is an excellent option for local development linked to the wilderness and a feasible way that helps to save the planet. She has written several hiking and ecotourism guides and nowadays is focused on environmental writing regularly featuring stories on the most important Spanish newspapers and magazines on wilderness, ecotourism and travel books in nature and she is also involved in nature travels throughout two usual contributions in radio broadcasting. Recently she has launched a blog in an online magazine based on sustainable tourism. Ramirez has been involved in the marketing and PR for several conservation projects: as Media and Fundraising Director of WILD10, media liaison for the Wild Wonders of Europe launch in Spain, Portugal and Andorra; and curator of the Wild Wonders of Europe Outdoor Exhibition in Madrid in 2012.
Reaser has a deep fondness for the wild, intimate, and unnameable. She received a BS in Field Biology, with a minor in Studio Art, from the College of William and Mary and her doctorate in Biology from Stanford University. She has worked around the world as a biologist, international policy negotiator, environmental educator, and wilderness rites-of-passage guide. She is also a practitioner and teacher of eco-psychology, nature-based spirituality, and various approaches to expanding human consciousness, as well as a poet, writer, artist, and homesteader-in-progress. Jamie has a passion for bringing people into their hearts, inspiring the heartbeat of community, and, ultimately, empowering people to live with a heart-felt dedication to Mother Earth. Her writing explores themes related to Nature and human nature in the context of this inspiring, yet challenging, time of the Great Turning. She is the editor of Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land (Hiraeth Press, 2008) and Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians (Hiraeth Press, 2009), as well as the author of Bring Back the Birds: What You Can Do to Save Threatened Species (Stackpole Press, 1995), Huntley Meadows: A Naturalist’s Journal in Verse (Hiraeth Press, 2010) and Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out (Hiraeth Press, 2011). Her next collection of poetry, "Sacred Reciprocity: Courting the Beloved in Everyday Life," will be released by Hiraeth Press in August 2012. Jamie makes her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Visit her Talking Waters poetry blog, or through Talking Waters on Facebook.
Ricci chose, after humanistic studies and years of work in international companies, to turn her love for literature into a profession, devoting herself to editing and creative writing. She is passionate about Italy and has explored it extensively. Ricci also has a deep love for travel and has been throughout the world searching for new and original stories. The first photographic book on the Apennine Brown Bear, for which Ricci wrote the lyrical text, has just been published. Prior to that, her most recent book is a collection of tales for children. Ricci is a blogger collaborating for the WWF Nature, and a senior editor for the photo agency Homo ambiens.
Richardson is a Wales-based poet, performer and educator, whose third collection of poetry, skindancing, themed around our dys/functional relationship with the wild and our animal selves, was recently published by Cinnamon Press. Her previous two collections, Creatures of the Intertidal Zone and Where the Air is Rarefied, focus on her own, and other human and non-human animals', journeys through the increasingly fragile Arctic environment. She is currently poet-in-residence with both the Marine Conservation Society, writing poems and running workshops in response to their Thirty Threatened Species project, and the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day. Susan has performed at literary, environmental and science festivals throughout the UK, for organisations such as WWF, Friends of the Earth and the Centre for Human Animal Studies, on BBC 2, and at Universities both nationally and internationally. She is also co-founder and poetry editor of Zoomorphic, the online literary magazine that publishes writing in celebration and defence of animals. For further information, please see Richardson's website.
Roberts lives in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. He is a nature and place writer. He edits the magazine Zoomorphic publishing essays and poems in celebration and defence of wild animals. He writes essays, poetry and fiction, publishing in a wide range of journals in the UK. His new novella - The Man in the Mountain was published in May 2015.
Jo Roberts has been Director of the Wilderness Foundation since 2004, but has been involved as Projects Director and Project Coordinator since 1998. South African by birth, Jo has enjoyed a rich life of wild places in many parts of Africa as she grew up. She trained and worked as a Social Anthropologist during the time of Apartheid, working mainly with rural communities. Her main interest in life is the vital connection between humanity and nature, and the value that experiential learning and outdoor education brings to social and personal change. Jo focuses her attention on linking wilderness trails to peace and reconciliation and the effects of wilderness on developing sound youth leadership built on environmental awareness and ethics, and the turnaround potential for youth who are vulnerable or at risk. Using the extensive wilderness network and her close link to South Africa and programmes running there, she merges best practice from around the world into creative programmes that suit British climate and culture.
Growing up in the wilderness of northern Ontario, Canada, Robinson has always had a passion for nature. Her magazine and newspaper articles, radio reports, plays, and books reflect a desire to hold industry accountable for damaging the environment and a concerted effort to find a more simple and energy efficient way of life. She's been a journalism and creative writing professor at several American and Canadian colleges and universities. For seven years, she was a regional reporter for the Globe & Mail, specializing in corporate environmental trials. Robinson may be reached at email.
Robinson holds degrees in environmental studies, biology and psychology. She writes about conservation issues for various blogs and magazines, including Africa Geographic and her own site, SavingWild.com. She lives alongside deer, coyote, rabbits, and bear in a small old adobe home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her second book, Saving Wild, Inspiration From 50 Leading Conservationists (available on Amazon) will be joined in April 2017 by her latest book Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and Planet They Love.
Rojo studied Environmental Sciences at the Univesidad Autonoma de Madrid and at the Universite de Lausanne in Switzerland. It was Rojo's passion for conservation of wild nature, and keen interest in photography, that led him from Spain to Mexico where he's been working for two local conservation NGOs, Sierra Madre and Unidos para la Conservacion. During this time he has participated in different projects to promote the concept of wilderness in Latin America, such as El Carmen-Big Bend Conservation Corridor and WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress of which he was the Executive Director in Mexico City. Rojo is also an Emerging Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Rooney is associate professor in both Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He has written over 50 popular articles and research papers on topics related to population and community ecology and conservation. He co-edited The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin’s Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife (University of Chicago Press, 2008). Rooney may be reached by email and more information may be found at his website.
Dr. Rudolph is an international photojournalist with major projects in South Africa, Singapore, Australia, Suriname, Provence, Costa Rica, and Ecuador; as well as extensive projects in the United States and Canada (Virginia, Florida, Tennessee (rehabilitation of injured Black Bears), New Mexico, Ontario); Yosemite National Park; the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and (currently) Protection of Florida’s First Magnitude Springs. She currently lives on the second largest spring in Florida and one of the largest springs in the world, the Rainbow River, which is being loved to death by Floridians and international visitors. Her goal is to help Florida move quickly towards preservation of these vital natural resources before it is too late to save them. Dr. Rudolph is also a speaker and a psychologist. She maintains that Psychology and Conservation are kindred spirits that have allowed her to view, close-up, some of the deep-seated reasons that people fail to protect the natural world around them.
Sahgal is the editor of Sanctuary Asia, India’s premier wildlife and ecology magazine and is at the forefront of the battle to protect India from the worst impacts of climate change. In 2000 he founded Kids for Tigers, the Sanctuary Tiger Program that reaches over 650 schools in 15 Indian cities covering one million children annually. Their motto: “The tiger will only be saved if its forests are saved.” By saving these forests, India protects over 600 of its purest rivers. And in the process the forests sequester and store carbon in the most effective way possible.
Salman has spent two decades working with Indigenous people, writing about and campaigning on conservation issues. He lives in the iconic Australian desert town of Alice Springs and is the Nature Conservancy’s Aridlands Program Director where he works on the long term conservation of Australian deserts. In the early 2000s, Matt led land use and conservation negotiations in Cape York Peninsula and creation of a series of new nationally important protected areas. He is a fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust and James Cook University outstanding alumni.He may be reached at Email.
Scanlan is an award-winning nature writer, lay naturalist / citizen scientist, and the nonfiction editor of the Blue Lyra Review. Her nature writing, personal essays, and other creative nonfiction has appeared in Pilgrimage, The Fourth River, Tikkun, Under the Sun, LabLit: The Culture of Science in Fiction & Fact, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, the American Nature Writing anthology series, A Natural History of Now - reports from the edge of nature, and other publications. She’s received an Artist Trust Literature Fellowship, a Seattle Arts Commission literary award, and her essay “Salvage” was recognized as “notable” in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002. Her narrative nonfiction book, Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (tentative title) will be published by Mountaineers Books in fall / winter 2016. You can learn more about her work at her website or by email.
Scarlott is the New York City-based director for International Conservation Initiatives and online editor for Sanctuary Asia, the Indian conservation magazine and NGO in Mumbai. She writes a bi-monthly natural history column for children for Sanctuary's youth magazine, Cub. Scarlott has written extensively on the topic of tiger conservation for such journals as Sanctuary Asia, On Earth, E magazine, and Wildlife Conservation. She co-authored a chapter on the political struggle for India's tigers with Sanctuary's Bittu Sahgal for the 2010 edition of Tigers of the World: The Science, Conservation and Politics of Panthera Tigris. In addition to writing for print and online media, Scarlott is active with climate and anti-fracking organizations including 350.org. She is working for a closer collaboration between climate activists and conservationists in the hope that human beings can achieve what Quakers call "right relationship" with the earth. Scarlott is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia University. She can be reached at email.
Schmelzer is with Animals and Earth, a service that provides nature and conservation photos for non-commercial use in blogs, websites and social networks. Not presently a writer but has a similar mission in conservation and is eager to explore, contribute, create, and share with the other members. Website.
Schwartz is a consultant and freelance journalist with a background in international relations. He holds a BA in Journalism from the College of St. Rose (New York) and an MA in African Studies from the University of Albany (New York). He has worked as a research fellow and project support specialist on several USAID Africa humanitarian projects in Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe on behalf of the State University of New York Center for International Development. He has also provided volunteer services in Southern Africa. Michael is passionate about environmental concerns on the African continent, with particular attention paid to the ivory and rhino horn trade, canned hunting, the ongoing debate on proper versus improper conservation methods and recognizing the rights of Africa's indigenous people groups. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and wildlife photographer whose work can be found at his website.
Scott has a long career with the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, and Campaign for America’s Wilderness. He has worked extensively in getting wilderness bills through Congress, and his book The Enduring Wilderness is an overview of the Wilderness Act and a technical manual for wilderness conservation. Scott was a key figure in the first Earth Day and has won the John Muir award from the Sierra Club. He is currently policy and research director of the Campaign for American Wilderness.
Seidl is the author of Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World (2009), a book that blends memoir and science writing in its exploration of global climate change in a local landscape. Early Spring won a "Best of the Best" award from the Association of Academic and University Presses in 2010. Seidl is also the author of Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming (2011), a book that examines how natural systems and human cultures are responding evolutionarily to climate change. Seidl's academic position is as Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Her current writing projects include a narrative children's book on climate change and a series of literary non-fiction essays. She can be reached at email.
Selby is a freelance writer who communicates about issues at the intersection of people and nature with a particular focus on biodiversity, sustainable development, wilderness, and pollination ecology. She currently writes about reducing humanity’s impact on the planet at A Parallel Mom blog and about conservation in the world’s 35 Biodiversity Hotspots at The Unfolding Earth.
Since 2009, she has written for Lowestoft Chronicle, Green Money Journal, Journal for Sustainability Education, Sustainable Santa Fe Guide, Mother Earth Living Blog, New Mexico Native Plant Society Newsletter, and Earthwatch Institute Unlocked. She lives in Santa Fe, NM and can be reached through her personal website, or, follow her on Twitter.
Shanahan is a freelance writer and editor. He has a doctorate in tropical rainforest ecology and has worked as a researcher, science journalist and communicator on environment and development issues in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has written extensively on biodiversity, conservation and climate change, and has trained hundreds of journalists around the world to report on these issues. Mike is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication. He has written as a freelance journalist for The Economist, Nature, The Ecologist and Ensia. He is the author of Ladders to Heaven: How fig trees shaped our history, fed our imaginations and can enrich our future (Unbound). Visit Mike’s blog or email.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., nature writer Bill Sherwonit has called Alaska home since 1982. He has contributed essays and articles to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, journals, and anthologies and is also the author of 12 books. His two most recent books are Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey and Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness, both published by the University of Alaska Press. Most of Sherwonit’s work focuses on Alaskan subjects, with an emphasis on natural history, wilderness adventure, wildlands preservation, environmental issues, wildlife management, relationship with place, and notions of wildness, including the wildness to be found in and around his adopted home, Anchorage. Visit his website.
Anglo/Irish by birth, Shortt was brought up in Madrid and has been resident in Andalusia for the last 20 years. He is a member of Greenpeace Spain and Birdingpal.org; as a committed conservationist he has been active in environmental issues for many years, becoming a life member of the British National Trust at an early age. His novel Montevivo (published October 2013) portrays a fantasy world of animals in the sierras of Spain. The book has a strongly ecological theme, and includes a factual wildlife glossary with photos from leading Spanish photographers. It has been illustrated by the author and is prefaced by an environmental manifesto. Montevivo has been endorsed by the Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente Foundation, Spain's acclaimed body for conservation. The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute has recognized Montevivo as "a prime example of collaboration between literature and conservation in order to raise awareness of environmental issues and to reach out to a wide and varied audience." More information. The author can be contacted at email and on Twitter by the name of We Will Montevivo
Sibanda is a Zambian journalist for the Zambia Daily Mail as Weekend Mail editor and environmental columnist with over 18 years of media experience. His areas of interest are; conservation, environment, water and sanitation, energy, health, and socio-economic issues. In the last decade, he has increasingly written about issues of climate change. Sibanda also writes for Panos Features, Ooskanews, AudienceScapes, and the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD) development newspaper Bistandsaktuelt. He is a member of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ), African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ) and president of the ANEJ Zambia Chapter. Currently Sibanda is studying towards an LLB degree with the University of South Africa to become an environmental lawyer. He and his wife Mwiza have a daughter and a son.
Sloan is a bridge person dedicated to Earth and community stewardship working for love of the wild, inside and out. Deeply inspired through early transformational experiences in human community and wilderness and by the power of social change movements, she dedicated herself to re-imagining the Human-Nature-Relationship toward everyday cooperation with life. For the past decade plus, Sloan has looked to Nature as teacher, training with groups like the School of Lost Borders and Beyond Boundaries, and working internationally in project management, including with the United Nations in Canada and in Mexico with the World Wilderness Congress and Native Oceans. Currently, she is the project manager for the Indigenous Lands & Seas program of The WILD Foundation, a council trainer, a wilderness rites of passage guide with Wilderness Reflections and a part-time steward in the Owens Valley. Additionally, she is part of an international, intergenerational response team, Beyond Boundaries, working collaboratively with many groups, including Bioneers and The Ojai Foundation. She is co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands and honors the power of language to inspire and catalyze action and the human capacity to dream.
photo by Wendy Griffith
Sinha is a wildlife conservationist and writer based in New Delhi, India. Animals are her first love, and writing and literature come a close second. As a full-time conservationist, she runs a community conservation programme for Amur Falcons in Nagaland, and works on environmental policy, frequenting Courts, Ministries and forests! Her goal is singular: to speak up for wildlife. She writes opinion columns in newspapers in a bid to inform policies, particularly in The Hindu, The Deccan Herald, and The Indian Express. She also writes a popular column for the opinion portal, DailyO, and contributes reporter pieces to The Wire. She is interested in the conservation of all kinds of animals, especially neglected or ‘ugly’ animals, and has a love for haikus. She runs a website, where she posts photo-captions, creative projects such as wildlife haikus, and what animals means to us, under a section called ‘WeForWildlife’. See Neha being profiled here. See Neha’s latest piece at Daily O on tigers being killed by trucks, and roads and highways taking a heavy death toll on wildlife. She discusses the death of a young male tiger, knocked over by a vehicle, near the busy town of Dehradun in North India.
Dr. Stewart has studied the population biology, foraging and physiological ecology, and behavior of marine mammals, sea birds, sea turtles, and whale sharks for over 35 years. His research expeditions have ranged from Greenland and Iceland in the North Atlantic south to Marion Island in the South Atlantic and Kenya, the Philippines, West Papua, the Maldives and Western Australia in the Indian Ocean, in Russia’s Lake Baikal and along the coast of Kamchatka, from the Beaufort and Bering Seas south through temperate, tropical and equatorial waters in the North Pacific Ocean, and in the Weddell, Amundsen, and Ross Seas of the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean and in China’s Yangtze River. Dr. Stewart’s focus in these comparative studies has been discovering and understanding what habitats are important to these various large marine vertebrates, how they navigate and migrate over vast areas to find and use those habitats, how they hunt and capture prey necessary to sustain breeding and fasting periods and successfully reproduce, how they interact with each other (populations and species) while sharing habitats and resources, and how they respond to and adjust to short and long term natural and anthropogenic changes in those key habitats. The application of remote sensing and telemetry is a key tool in many of these studies. The overall objectives of his scientific studies are to contribute his findings to the peer reviewed scientific literature and to education, conservation and management authorities to promote science-based conservation of ocean life. From 1999 to 2001 Dr. Stewart served as a Science and Diplomacy Fellow in the Bureau of Oceans at the U.S. State Department. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Lowell Thomas Medal by The Explorers Club for his career efforts to explore, understand, and conserve Earth’s ocean wildlife, and in 2012 was recognized as one of forty of the world's leading conservation biologists.
Stewart is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While attending college, she accepted an internship working for the Waikiki Aquarium training Hawaiian Monk Seals and raising awareness for marine mammal conservation. She has participated in environmental outreach programs to support conservation efforts and was a member of the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program. After graduating Stewart accepted a position working with a veterinary practice, but soon realized her need to work for the environmental team and help conserve the world and the species remaining. Her hobbies include scavenging for antiques and exploring the wilderness with her pup. Stewart’s blog.
Subramanian is a US-based journalist who writes about culture, conservation and the environment for newspapers and magazines around the world. She can be found at her website.
Frederick H. Swanson (USA) Fellow
Swanson writes about the wild places of the western United States from his home in the foothills of Utah’s Wasatch Range. His book The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg: Clearcutting and the Struggle for Sustainable Forestry in the Northern Rockies won the 2012 Spur Award of the Western Writers of America. He has portrayed some of the 20th century explorers of the Colorado Plateau, including Glen Canyon river guide Dave Rust. A forthcoming book, Where Roads Will Never Reach, depicts the citizen campaigns for wilderness lands in the Northern Rockies of Idaho and Montana. His website.
Switzer is a published conservation writer and award-winning photographer. With a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she has conducted field research and photographed endangered species and remote cultures worldwide. Switzer has lived in Australia, Uganda, the Seychelles Islands, and on a boat sailing and surfing 3,000 miles down the coast of Mexico and Central America. Above and beyond all other ecosystems, she has always been drawn to the world of water, especially the salty version. Because of this affinity, a large portion of her work focuses on marine and freshwater ecosystems. Switzer uses her photography and writing to emphasize how the two are connected and the importance of developing solutions so that we can continue to enjoy and benefit from clean water. Her photography has been published in National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Surfer’s Path and the Patagonia catalog, among others. After a number of her friends in San Diego contracted serious illnesses while surfing, Switzer applied for a Young Explores Grant in 2010 to trek the San Diego watershed from source to sea, documenting and raising awareness about the pollutants that are degrading our country’s fresh water and oceans. During her project, Switzer partnered with numerous local non-profits and found that although there were many conservation activities in the San Diego watershed, they were uncoordinated. Switzer continues to work with these organizations to increase communication and data-sharing. In addition, she has partnered with San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego River Park Foundation, which regularly use her photography to educate the public about their conservation efforts. Switzer’s work was featured on a National Geographic Channel Insterstitial, and she was named of one National Geographic’s Freshwater Heroes in 2011.
Taylor works as an Environmental Educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where he is the editor of Conservationist for Kids magazine. He holds a B.S. in environmental & forest biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University. Prior to coming to DEC, Taylor worked for 5 years as a pet care manager for PetSmart. He previously worked as an ecologist for Audubon International, biological scientist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, animal keeper for Disney's Animal Kingdom and zookeeper for the San Antonio Zoo. Jeremy grew up on a farm, and has a lifelong interest in nature and environmental issues.
Teasdale has been a freelance magazine writer and photographer for 12 years, focusing on wilderness adventure. Conservation is explicit or implicit in all of his stories. He’s been a contributing editor for Bike magazine, a correspondent for Powder magazine, a columnist for Hooked on the Outdoors magazine, and photo editor for Outside Missoula magazine. Teasdale also served as deputy editor of Adventure Cyclist magazine for five years, and is currently a contributing editor for Backcountry magazine. Teasdale’s articles and images have appeared in dozens of publications around the world, including Audubon, Sierra, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and others. Awards: Lowell Thomas Award for the Best Adventure Travel Story of 2009, and just won a Northern Lights Award (Canadian travel writing award) for his story about cycling British Columbia's threatened Flathead Valley.
Tejpal is a young writer and wildlife conservationist who lives between Delhi, Mumbai and the wilds that she so loves. An Assistant Editor with India’s first and finest wildlife and environment portal, Sanctuary Asia, Tejpal is also a Founder Member of the Bagh Foundation. As an independent journalist, her articles and reports on conservation issues have been published in numerous national journals and magazines. In 2012, she received a Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist Award, long before she joined the organization, and has previously worked with The Gerry Martin Project on snakebite management and mitigation in India. Tejpal also supports independent conservation initiatives and voluntarily lends her skills to a number of organizations that work in the field. Email
Tina is a freelance environmental consultant who has been working on climate change, renewable energy and Antarctic environmental issues. With a Masters in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Geophysics, she started her career by writing scientific articles on climate change and the impacts of human activities on the Antarctic environment. While working for environmental non-profits, including Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, WWF and Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, she learned to translate dense scientific concepts into everyday language that can be used in short, advocacy pieces for the general public and policy makers. She is co-author of the book Climate: the force that shapes our world and the future of life on Earth and the lead editor of Antarctic futures: Human engagement with the Antarctic environment, a contributed volume on Antarctic environmental management. At present, Tina is interested in developing her writing skills to embrace styles which can move and touch people. Her hope is to be able to talk to the soul and the heart of the reader and to convey to the reader the uniqueness, preciousness and importance of the Antarctic wilderness. Email.
Tobin worked as a journalist in the US from 1999 to 2006, covering wildlife, wildfires, and other environmental issues for the Tucson Citizen, Arizona Daily Star, and High Country News. His first book, Endangered, grew out of Tobin's yearlong series on Arizona's endangered species, which was a finalist for the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism. His work was honored in the Best of the West competition and received first prizes from the Arizona Press Club and Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors. Tobin serves as a consultant to leading conservation groups and foundations.
Tomno is a career journalist currently working as a features and documentary producer, and also specializing in climate change and environmental issues at Kass Media Group, one of the leading and privately owned media houses in Kenya. Tomno learned to appreciate nature at an early age, growing up in the beautiful Rift Valley of Kenya. She has done several stories on the environment like the effects of mercury products on the environment and how the developing world is grappling with it. Tomno is an admirer of the late Kenyan Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, and urges everyone to honor her memory and care for the environment. As Maathia once said “nature is very unforgiving, if you destroy nature, nature will destroy you.”
Torres has a BS in biology and is very interested in conservation. At WILD 9 in Merida, Mexico, she was the media coordinator for Mexico. Currently living in New Zealand she has written a blog about her experiences in conservation sites around southeast Asia.
Triebel graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012. Her senior thesis focused on the National Landscape Conservation System of the Bureau of Land Management. Anna was co-president of the Wilderness Study Group on campus and has volunteered with many other conservation-oriented groups in Boulder and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Triebel is especially interested in sharing an appreciation for conservation and natural areas with children. She may be reached at Email.
Turner has been writing about conservation since 1968, when he went to work for the Sierra Club. He edited Not Man Apart, the Friends of the Earth journal, from 1971 to 1986 and was writer-editor for the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund/Earthjustice from 1986 to 2008. He was a columnist for The Mother Earth News and Sierra, and has contributed pieces to Wilderness, Defenders, Business & Society Review, Earth Island Journal, The Environmental Forum, and many other publications. His books are Wild by Law, The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund and the Places It Has Saved (Sierra Club); Sierra Club, 100 Years of Protecting Nature (Harry Abrams); Justice on Earth, Earthjustice and the people it has served (Chelsea Green); and Roadless Rules, The Struggle for the Last Wild Forests (Island Press), (Island Press), and the biography David Brower: The Making of an Environmental Movement (University of California Press). Turner lives in Berkeley, California. Turner may be reached at: Email.
Vachharajani is an independent journalist who writes about education for sustainable development in India. She has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace with a specialisation in Climate Change and Security from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has been the editor of Time Out Bengaluru and is also a communication and media consultant with NGOs such as Fairtrade India. Bijal has worked with Sanctuary Asia’s Kids for Tigers programme, PETA India, and 350.org. Her areas of interest include introducing nature and wildlife to children through her writing, children’s books, climate change, food security and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable education.
Vancura is Director Wilderness Development of the European Wilderness Society http://wilderness-society.org/ that works to identify, designate, manage and promote Europe’s wilderness, the continent’s most undisturbed areas of nature. He is responsible for the development of wilderness in Europe, implementation of the wilderness quality standard and networking with protected areas and conservation NGOs. Vancura has extensive experience on management of protected areas with particular focus on wilderness conservation. He may be reached at email..
Jan van der Greef is an innovative scientist and a passionate nature photographer. Bridging different perspectives is the connecting theme in his work. The gift of capturing both the emotions of the experience and the essence of nature is his signature in photography. His photography has been awarded internationally in prestigious contests such as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature Best etc. Sir David Attenborough classified his photography as “magnificent” in a handwritten letter related to his recently published book “Reflections of the Inner Self. Dreams and Visions of Nature.” He is a professor in analytical biosciences focusing on systems biology at Leiden University and principal investigator at “The Netherlands Institute of Applied Scientific Research” TNO. Website
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.
Varillas (Asturias, 1953) began his professional activity as a journalist at the newspaper El Pais, in 1976, as a writer specialized in nature related issues. Later (1983-86) he was a scriptwriter and adviser on weekly environmental documentaries for Spanish state television (TVE). Founder in 1981 and director until 2001 of the nature magazine Quercus. For 20 years he was the author of editorials within this magazine, that influenced the Spanish opinion in matters such us nature conservancy. In 1994 he designed and initiated a project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy aimed at the introduction of Internet communication into the Spanish environmental sector. His last book (2010) was Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente's biography, focused on the analysis of searching for a sense of freedom in wildlife, and it's significance in regards to human freedom. At the moment he is working in a communication platform www.altotero.com, with the goal of informing about experiences that work towards a sustainable information society to rewild rural areas, abandoned by pastoralists, as well as preparing his next book regarding these issues.
Verissimo started writing about conservation and biodiversity in 2006, as a cntributor to the e-zine of the Portuguese Nature Photography Community. Those contributions sparked his interest and prompted him to engage with the press not only in Portugal, his home country, but also in the different countries where his career as a conservation biologist had taken him. In Portugal, he became a regular contributor to the magazine Parks and Wildlife and other publications such as Pardela the magazine of the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds. In 2009 Verissimo started his own column on the environment in the Portuguese regional newspaper "Voz da minha terra." He is in the process of writing his first book on the professional lives of conservation biologists in the field and has also been published worldwide with the magazines BBC Wildlife in the UK and Zwazo, in the Seychelles, together with the newspaper La Voz de Tortuguero in Costa Rica. He is the 2012 winner of the IUCN Thompson Reuters Environmental Media Award. Please visit his Website.
Walker was born in Perth, Western Australia--the most isolated capital city in the world. Dubbed "the City of Lights" by astronaut John Glenn on 20 February 1962, Perth has always been surrounded by unpopulated wilderness. Walker grew up playing on unspoiled beaches and in untamed bush, and is fierce in her belief that the next generation must be allowed to do the same. Walker graduated from the University of Western Australia with a doctorate in history and a bachelor of laws, winning the Richard Kiwanuka Prize in International Humanitarian and Refugee Law in 2009. Her legal career to date has focused on the international relationships between governments and corporations, with particular reference to the interaction of international conservation agreements and the Australian Constitution.
Wallace is a natural science educator, writer, and illustrator. Her work has appeared in more than 30 books and publications. She has also been an elementary school science teacher, a writer for the US Forest Service, and a tour guide in at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Recently she received a Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA of the San Gabriel Valley. She lives between the Pacific Ocean coastline and the Mojave Desert (an hour’s drive each way) in the foothills of Monrovia, California, with her botanist husband. Author/illustration of America’s nature series: America’s Mountains, America’s Seashores, etc. Email
Warren is the author of Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey (published under the surname Newton), an intellectual biography of the twentieth-century American conservation ecologist and author of A Sand County Almanac. Her work unfolds Leopold's journey to better understandings of harmonious human-nature relationships. Julianne has published a number of academic and creative writings on related subjects and is presently working on a second book aimed at envisioning fresh, authentic stories connecting human happiness, utopian imagination, and real places into the unknown twenty-first century. Warren has a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has served as past president of the John Burroughs Institute in Roxbury, NY and is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Julianne is a member of the Liberal Studies faculty and an Associate with the Environmental Studies Program at New York University. Academic website and Online interview.
Weinzierl is the president of Deutscher Naturschutzring (German League of Nature, Conservation and Environment [and an umbrella organization of 105 NGOs, 5.5 million members]). He has been involved in the environmental movement since the 1950s and is considered the unifying figure between classic and modern environmental policies in Germany. "The death of forests will change our country more than the second world war."--Hubert Weinzierl
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Joe Whittle is a freelance photographer and writer living in the wild mountains of Northeast Oregon. As a member of the Caddo and Delaware tribes, conservation and issues around indigenous culture and lifestyle are close to his heart. He has made it a part of his life's work to bring representation of indigenous voice to mainstream media, hoping to help shift the paradigm of indigenous stories primarily being told by non-indigenous people. Joe has spent most of his life in the wilderness, working as a guide and wilderness skills instructor, a backcountry wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, an experimental biology aide for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and as a conservation activist and journalist. His journalism work on those issues can be found in publications such as The Guardian, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, The Oregonian, and with the Indigenous Environmental Network. Joe can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 541-263-0085. A great place to stay up to date on his adventures and storytelling is at his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joewhittlephotography/
Wilkinson is a freelance multimedia journalist specializing in science and the environment. Her work has appeared in Ars Technica, Scientific American, Chemical and Engineering News, The Long Island Herald and The Miami Planet. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of Environmental Journalists and holds a B.A. in environmental studies, a certificate in conservation biology, and a M.A. in science journalism. In her spare time, Wilkinson also runs the popular website This Is What A Scientist Looks Like, a community project aimed at dispelling the myth of the stereotype scientists through sharing photos of real scientists. Please visit her website for more information, or contact her via email.
Laura Williams has committed her life to creating a link between Russia and the international biodiversity conservation community. For nearly 20 years, since she left her childhood home in Colorado (in the US), Williams has worked to communicate the global significance of protecting Russia’s biodiversity and the role of its unique system of strictly protected areas in its conservation. Williams opened the first office of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Russia in 1993, and in 2006, she launched the WWF program on the remote and pristine Kamchatka Peninsula. During her Moscow tenure, the area of land protected in the Russian Arctic was doubled, tiger numbers in the Russian Far East began to stabilize as a result of anti-poaching efforts, and a half a dozen environmental education centers were established in protected areas to raise public environmental awareness. While on Kamchatka, Williams advocated for improving practices of resource development companies, while helping to stop poaching of Kamchatka’s most valuable resources – sockeye salmon and brown bear – in key spawning areas. As a conservation writer, Ms. Williams’ writings on Russian conservation issues in international magazines, websites, and publications have helped to illuminate the importance of protecting Russia’s wilderness to the global community. In 2008, she published a memoir on her life in a remote nature reserve entitled The Storks’ Nest: Life and Love in the Russian Countryside. Williams is an avid horse lover and natural horsemanship trainer. She is married to Russian wilderness photographer Igor Shpilenok, with whom she has two boys.
Williams has been writing full time on environmental issues, with special attention to fish and wildlife conservation, since 1970. In addition to freelancing for national magazines, he contributes a monthly column called “Recovery” to The Nature Conservancy’s Cool Green Science and a regular conservation column to Fly Rod & Reel. Williams was presented with the Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, received the Federal Wildlife Officers Association award for his conservation writing, and the Aldo Leopold Award for “outstanding contributions to fisheries and land ecology” by the Federation of Fly Fishers. He has been named to the Jade of Chiefs--the highest conservation award given by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. And for his reporting on federal forest-fire policy the American Society of Magazine Editors voted Audubon one of five finalists in the National Magazine Awards. In July 2015 the Outdoor Writers Association of America named Ted Williams the nation’s best outdoor columnist, presenting him with its overall “Excellence in Craft Award” for his final three “Incite” columns in Audubon. The column ran from September 1988 until May 2014.
Wilson is a Southeast Asia-based independent reporter who writes a lot about money. He’d like to cover more subjects with a green slant – human supremacism, the expulsion of gigatons of greenhouse gases into the stratosphere, the mashing of the biosphere. He weaves in wildlife angles where he can. His idols include George Monbiot and Bill McKibben. Some of David's writing. He’s reachable through Twitter (@powerpossum) – fan mail and job offers only.
Woodbury studied English and anthropology at Purdue University and is currently applying for her MA in British Columbia, focusing on eco-studies in literature. Mary grew up in the United States, where her parents introduced her at an early age to nature; she spent many family trips hiking, climbing mountains, horseback riding, canoeing, white-water rafting, and camping—filling her with a deep respect for the wilderness. Since college, she has taken on several eco-literature projects, including as chief editor and cofounder of Jack Magazine (now archived at Stanford University) and as owner of the independent niche Moon Willow Press, publishing a few environmental titles each year and helping to reforest areas in need. She is the curator at Eco-fiction.com, which has a large database of fiction titles—and some notable nonfiction—relating to climate change and other environmental topics. She has interviewed several award-winning authors for the site and runs the Google newsgroup "Ecology in Literature and the Arts," which is nearing 900 members. Under pen name Clara Hume, Mary wrote the speculative fiction novel Back to the Garden, which explores relationships and redemption in a post-collapse, climate changed world. She is working on another novel that she calls "weird fiction," and dips into the problem with wild horses not having enough grazing land due to the demands of the cattle industry. Mary enjoys the same things she did as a kid: trail running, hiking, camping, and being in the great outdoors.
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Diana Woodcock (USA) Fellow
Woodcock is an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, where she has taught composition, creative writing, and environmental literature since 2004. She is the author of Under the Spell of a Persian Nightingale and Swaying on the Elephant’s Shoulders, which won the 2010 Vernice Quebodeaux International Poetry Prize for Women. Her six chapbooks include Beggar in the Everglades, Desert Ecology: Lessons and Visions, Tamed by the Desert, In the Shade of the Sidra Tree, Mandala, and Travels of a Gwai Lo. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she has had poems published in Best New Poets 2008, Women’s Review of Books, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Humanities Review, Comstock Review, and other journals and anthologies. Her most recent award-winning poem, “Music as Scripture,” was performed onstage in Lincoln Park, San Francisco in 2014 by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company at Artists Embassy International’s 21st Dancing Poetry Festival. A PhD candidate at Lancaster University (dissertation: The Role of Poetry in the Search for an Environmental Ethic), she is working on a collection of poetry entitled The Desert’s Botanical Bounty: Poems from the Heart of the Arabian Desert. She has worked as a counselor with delinquent youth, an editor of a young women’s magazine, and a teacher of English as a second language. For nearly eight years, she lived in Tibet, Macau, and on the Thai-Cambodian border teaching and working with refugees.
Yansen is a tropical ecologist at the University of Bengkulu, Indonesia. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Australia. His research focuses on forest biology. Yansen has published articles for popular media covering a range of issues on biodiversity and nature conservation, environment, forestry and natural disasters. His articles mainly focus on Indonesia, a home of one of the most diverse tropical biodiversity in the world. Since 2008, his writings have appeared regularly in The Jakarta Post, the largest daily English-language newspaper in Indonesia. Some of those opinions reappeared in The Brunei Times, an independent English-language daily published in Brunei Darussalam, as well as cited by many online publications. His articles written in Indonesian were published in, among others, Kompas, the most widely read newspaper in Indonesia. The collection of his writings can be read on his blog, Indonesia Green Chronicle.
Franco Zunino (Italy) Fellow
Zunino is a pioneer of the Italian wilderness movement and co-founder and General Secretary of Associazione Italiana Wilderness (AIW). He is a board member of Foundation for Gaia, a former Ranger in the Gran Paradiso National Park, former staff member of the Abruzzo National Park, biologist of the Abruzzo Brown Bear, and member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission--Bear Specialist Group. Zunino is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Wilderness published by the WILD Foundation (US) and is on the International Board of Senior Advisers of the Listening Point Foundation (US) which promotes Sigurd F. Olson's philosophy and builds upon his legacy in the field of wilderness education. Zunino is a prolific writer, photographer and eminent commentator on wilderness philosophy. He has pioneered working relationships with municipalities and regional governments that led to proclamations of 58 new wilderness areas throughout Italy. Zunino was proclaimed one of the Wilderness Pioneers at WILD9. Email
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