Alan Martin

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Alan Martin

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Alan is a qualified accountant with a passion for wildlife. Now retired, he spends much of his time supporting a number of conservation organizations including Rainforest Trust.

Alan is also the Secretary of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust and acts as the main coordinator of the REGUA project in Brazil. He regularly visits REGUA, where he enjoys the wildlife, particularly the birds and the moths. Alan co-authored A Guide to the Hawkmoths of the Serra dos Orgaos, South-eastern Brazil. He is currently the Honorary Treasurer and a Council member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Previously, he served as Director of Wetlands International and is the former Chairman of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Ambassador Heather Hodges

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Ambassador Heather Hodges

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Heather Hodges was a U.S. diplomat for 31 years, serving in Venezuela, Guatemala, Spain, Nicaragua, Peru, and Washington, D.C. She was Ambassador to Moldova and Ecuador. Always fond of birds, her posting to Ecuador and travels throughout that country led to a serious interest in the protection of birds around the world. In Ecuador, Heather visited most of the Fundación Jocotoco reserves and became committed to their model of protection. Now the President and Ambassador-in-Residence of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Heather continues her interest in similar conservation projects. As a member of the Advisory Council, Heather raises awareness of Rainforest Trust’s projects throughout the world.

Bernie Tershy

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Bernie Tershy

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Bernie is an Adjunct Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he co-directs the Coastal Conservation Action Lab. He is the Founder of Island Conservation, which has created over 900,000 hectares of new marine and island protected areas and protected over 250 seabird colonies and 250 insular endemics from extinction. Bernie is also co-founder and Board Chair of Conservation Metrics, a for-profit social venture dedicated to improving conservation through better monitoring, and co-founder of Freshwater Life, which saves endangered freshwater species by eradicating freshwater invasives. He is a member of the IUCN’s Invasive Species Specialist Group and Commission on Ecosystem Management. Bernie serves as a consultant to the Mulago Foundation’s Henry Arnhold Fellows Program, and is on the boards of OneReef, the Tony Hawk Foundation. He earned his BS in Biology from UC-Santa Cruz, an MS in Marine Sciences from San Jose State University, and a PhD in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University.

Brett Byers

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Brett Byers

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Brett is a venture capitalist with a prior background as a senior executive, corporate attorney and engineer. He is motivated by a desire to combat climate change through the creation of large carbon-storing protected areas.

Brett is a Managing Director with Partner Ventures and led the venture capital investing activities of VCFA Group for over a decade. Brett holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Callie Broaddus

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Callie Broaddus

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Callie is a senior designer at National Geographic, where she produces nonfiction children’s books inspiring kids to love animals and be curious about the planet. As a photographer and writer, she has published over 30 articles on topics ranging from Virginia solar legislation to education in the Marshall Islands. Callie focuses on youth education and engagement as a key to solving the climate change crisis and protecting critical habitat.

Callie holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia with a minor in Urban and Environmental Planning.

Dr. Bruce Beehler

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Dr. Bruce Beehler

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Dr. Bruce Beehler works for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History as an ornithologist and research associate. An authority on New Guinea Birds and the author of several major works on the subject, he previously worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Counterpart International.

Bruce received his master’s and Ph.D. studying behavioral ecology at Princeton. He also co-led a broadly published rapid assessment survey on biological diversity in the Foja Mountains of Papua in 2005 alongside a team of international scientists—during which the Wattled Smoky Honeyeater was discovered and the Bronze Parotia and Golden-fronted Bowerbird were photographed for the first time.

Dr. David S. Wilcove

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Dr. David S. Wilcove

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David Wilcove is a professor of Public Affairs and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Woodrow Wilson School. His research focuses on the conservation of biodiversity.

He and his students have worked in Southeast Asia; the Himalayas; New Zealand; East Africa; and North, Central and South America. Their work typically combines ecological research with economics and other social sciences to address issues such as deforestation, commercial logging, agriculture and the wild animal trade.

In 2001, David received the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for Conservation Biology in recognition of his work on behalf of endangered species. He received a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University.

Dr. Gwen Brewer

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Dr. Gwen Brewer

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Gwen has a background in conservation, ornithology and ecology and has worked on the ground in Argentina, Guatemala, Ecuador and Chile.

She pursued more direct conservation work with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and now manages the science program for the Maryland state wildlife agency working in conservation planning, rare species monitoring and research, determination of species’ legal statuses, development of protection strategies, and on-the ground conservation projects.

An avid birder and nature enthusiast, Gwen has traveled widely and enjoys learning about habitats, species, and conservation challenges and successes both locally and internationally. She has been a committed supporter of Rainforest Trust and its partners for over 10 years. Gwen lives near Washington, DC, with her husband George Jett, retired chemical engineer, nature photographer, and long-time supporter of Rainforest Trust.

Gwen received a B.S. in Zoology at Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. John Terborgh

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Dr. John Terborgh

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Dr. John Terborgh is a conservation biologist who has operated the Cocha Cashu Biological Station in Manú National Park, Peru. He was a professor at the University of Maryland and later at Princeton University. In 1989, he joined the faculty of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and founded the Duke University Center for Tropical Conservation.

In 1992, John was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was honored with the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal by the National Academy of Sciences in 1996 for his book Diversity and the Tropical Rainforest—he has published numerous books and articles on conservation. In 2005, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Dr. Nigel Collar

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Dr. Nigel Collar

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Dr. Nigel Collar is a Leventis Fellow in conservation biology with BirdLife International, where he has previously worked as the Director of Science, Director of Development, Chairman of the ICBP Bustard Group and the compiler of the International Bird Red Data Book. His current work involves studying threatened birds and habitats through fieldwork and the support of graduate students.

Nigel is an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia’s School of Biological Sciences and has written over 100 scientific papers and 12 books including Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey and Facing Extinction: The World’s Rarest Birds and the Race to Save Them.

Dr. Peter Raven

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Dr. Peter Raven

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Dr. Peter Raven holds a B.S in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in botany from UCLA.

He taught at Stanford University before assuming the position of Director, and later, President of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Dr. Raven worked for the Garden for 40 years. He is the author of many publications, as well as the popular textbook, Biology of Plants. He was named a Hero for the Planet by TIME magazine, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the U.S. National Medal of Science.

Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier

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Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier

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Russ is the President of Conservation International and was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s “EcoHeroes for the Planet” in 1998. Russ is a noted author of Hotspots and many other books on conservation and is the only working field biologist at the head of a major international environmental organization.

He has been Chairman of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Primate Specialist Group since 1977. Russ received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in biological anthropology in 1977. He has served as Vice President for Science at the World Wildlife Fund, President of the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation and an Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Simon Stuart

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Dr. Simon Stuart

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Simon is a leader in the field of conservation biology who has used his expertise to further global species preservation efforts throughout his career.

Simon holds both undergraduate and doctorate degrees in conservation biology from the University of Cambridge. His varied experience includes global assessments of amphibian population declines as well as ornithological fieldwork in Tanzania and Cameroon.

Simon is currently Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and has an extensive history of leadership positions within IUCN. His work includes IUCN/SSC biodiversity assessments of a wide array of species including mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and marine organisms.

Dr. Thomas Brooks

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Dr. Thomas Brooks

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Dr. Thomas Brooks is IUCN's Chief Scientist, with areas of expertise in biodiversity conservation, ornithology and ecology. Before joining IUCN in January 2013, he was Vice President for Science and Chief Scientist of NatureServe. He’s also held biodiversity science positions in Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy and visiting appointments at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Trained as an ornithologist with field experience primarily in tropical forest hotspots like the Philippines, Paraguay and Indonesia, Thomas has a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology and a B.A. in geography. He is the author of more than 250 scientific and popular articles.

John Gwynne

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John Gwynne

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John is a well-known bird artist who has served as the Wildlife Conservation Society’s long-time Director of WCS’ Exhibits, Graphics and Arts Department (EGAD) and emeritus Chief Creative Officer. During his tenure at WCS John designed many of the most immersive, detailed and compelling habitats ever built and was instrumental in propelling a movement for zoo design that told stories, recreated specific ecosystems and gave zoo visitors a strong conservation message. John, with Dr. Robert Ridgely, co-authored Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil.

Linda Perry-Lube

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Linda Perry-Lube

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A digital marketing leader, Linda is an expert in strategic branding, marketing and communications. As the first Chief Digital Officer for the American Museum of Natural History, she transformed the Museum into a leading 21st century digitally innovative cultural institution.

A passionate advocate for wildlife and conservation, Linda relishes applying her knowledge of cutting-edge mobile, social media, and digital technologies to help Rainforest Trust protect the world’s tropical forests.

Linda received a B.A. in Business and Economics from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Information Science from Wayne State University.

Roger Pasquier

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Roger Pasquier

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A lifelong birder and conservationist, Roger Pasquier previously worked at BirdLife International, World Wildlife Fund-US, Environmental Defense Fund and the National Audubon Society.

Roger acted as chair of the Board for the conservation organization Rare from 1992 until 2000. He was the founder and president of the Friends of the Peruvian Rainforest, where he led efforts to help local organizations, including CEDIA, protect millions of acres of Amazon rainforest.

Roger has written several books on birds and served as a Board member of Rainforest Trust from 2000-2003.

Roland Wirth

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Roland Wirth

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An esteemed conservationist, Roland’s expertise has helped to secure a future for threatened species across the globe. From a very young age, he was intrigued by the diversity of life and soon became acutely aware of threats to wildlife, triggering his lifelong dedication to conservation.

He co-founded German NGO Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations (ZGAP), an organization he chaired for thirty years and now serves as Senior Advisor to the board. Under Roland’s leadership, ZGAP has implemented and often sustained long term projects for over 100 of the globes ‘forgotten’ endangered species in more than two dozen countries. Notably, he is also a member of several IUCN Species Survival Commission specialist groups. His focus on the survival of threatened species has allowed him to forge cooperative relationships with many other conservation organizations throughout his career.

Scott Rasmussen

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Scott Rasmussen

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Scott Rasmussen is President of TaxHawk, Inc., a Provo, Utah-based IRS e-file provider company. He has a Master of Accounting from Brigham Young University, and has a background as a Tax Accountant. In July, he donated $100,000 to the Tsinjoarivo-Ambalaomby project in Madagascar.

Sir Ghillean Prance

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Sir Ghillean Prance

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Sir Ghillean worked from 1963 to 1988 at The New York Botanical Garden as Director of the Institute of Economic Botany and Senior Vice-President for Science. He spent the next 11 years as Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, until his retirement in 1999.

He trained as a plant taxonomist and is an expert on the flora of the Amazon rainforests, having led annual expeditions there for over 25 years, collecting more than 450 Amazonian plants new to science. He has been a Fellow of the Linnean Society since 1961 and a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1993.

Steven Quarles

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Steven Quarles

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Mr. Quarles is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Nossaman LLP. He is a veteran attorney who focuses his practice on addressing issues concerning federal wildlife laws (Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), federal lands and resources (including resource use, siting, and access law), and renewable energy. He represents a wide range of associations and companies, policy coalitions, state governments, local governments, land conservation trusts, and environmental organizations.

He served as Deputy Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of the Interior and special counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He is active as an officer and member of the Board of several non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.

Mr. Quarles has served on the Board of Mineral and Energy Resources of the National Academy of Sciences and on two committees of the National Research Council commissioned by Congress. He also was a member of the Secretary of the Interior’s Federal Advisory Committee on Wind Turbine Guidelines and the Secretary of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. He was a participant in the Endangered Species Act at Thirty project of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Columbia University and the University of Idaho; Stanford University Forum on the Endangered Species Act and Federalism; and The Keystone Center’s Working Group on Habitat Issues.

He and his spouse own and operate one of the largest Hanoverian breeding farms in Maryland. They have ensured the protection of their 250-acre farm by donating a conservation easement to the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Walter Sedgwick

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Walter Sedgwick

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Walter Sedgwick is a long-time forest land-owner and conservationist who has worked with many organizations dedicated to land and animals, serving on the Boards of the National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy - Florida, Bat Conservation International, Island Conservation, the Pacific Forest Trust, the Land Trust Alliance, and the Turtle Survival Alliance. He currently chairs the Program Committee of WCS. He is the founder of the Red Hills Land Conservancy (now known as Tall Timbers). Walter also helped to found the Turtle Conservation Fund in 2002. With his Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, he has donated a major collection of Japanese Buddhist sculpture and early Chinese ceramics to Harvard University’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum.