E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

Paula J. Ehrlich, President and CEO

Paula J. Ehrlich, DVM, PhD, is the President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation where she oversees the Foundation’s broad activities to foster a knowing stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide protection of biodiversity. Paula leads the Half-Earth Project.

Walter Jetz, Scientific Chair

Walter Jetz, MSc, PhD is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Adjunct Professor in the School of Forestry and the Environment at Yale University. Walter is the Scientific Chair of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and leads the Half-Earth Project mapping effort.

Chris Heltne, VP of Engagement

Chris develops and implements engagement activities designed to spread the Half-Earth goal. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and engagement, he is a strategic leader dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives through positive partnerships and creative, integrated outreach approaches.

Dennis Liu, VP of Education

Dennis runs the Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador program and other educational initiatives. A nationally recognized expert in science education, Dennis has a passion for explaining diverse science to diverse audiences. He holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Oregon.

Gina Reynolds, Director of Finance

Gina Reynolds manages all aspects of the Foundation’s financial functions to ensure careful stewardship of its resources. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business.

Nicole Hance, Business Manager

As Business Manager for the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Nicole assists with coordination of the activities of the Half-Earth Project research and educational programs, and leverages the Foundation’s business systems to streamline operating processes. She is dedicated to uniting her business skillset to support stewardship of the natural world.

Dennis Pamlin, Companies for a Half-Earth Future

Dennis Pamlin is an entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Frontiers. His background is in engineering, industrial economy and marketing.

He is a senior advisor at RISE, senior associate at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, visiting research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at Renmin University, advisor to Centre for Sustainable Development at Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), and accelerator of digital sustainability/net-positive at Cybercom.

He is currently leading Mission Innovation 1.5C compatible solution initiative with the Avoided Emissions Framework and a Trend Scanning project with UNDP and UNFCC.

Map of Life

Michelle Duong

Michelle Duong is the Project Manager at Map of Life with a Masters in Conservation Biology. Michelle provides strategic oversight and manages the development and delivery of biodiversity information. She works closely with the Vizzuality, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and ESRI teams to create an engaging, visually appealing, and scientifically rigorous Half-Earth Map.

Ajay Ranipeta

Ajay Ranipeta is the Lead Software Engineer at Map of Life. Ajay manages the development and delivery of biodiversity data products, working closely with the Vizzuality Science team. With nearly two decades of experience in the analysis and visualization of biodiversity products for non-profit and government organization, Ajay provides key expertise in the success of the Half-Earth Map.

Gabriel Reygondeau

Gabriel Reygondeau is a Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and a Research Associate in the Changing Ocean Research Unit (CORU) at the Institute for Ocean and Fisheries, University of British Columbia. Gabriel’s research in identifying and tracking the spatial distribution of marine organisms, communities and ecosystems provides important insights in marine biodiversity at regional and global scales. His work is featured on the Half-Earth Map.

Mario Moura

Mario Moura is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Mario’s research interests lie in biodiversity conservation, and he is working with the Half-Earth Project to map regions where the discovery of new species is most likely. As E.O. Wilson once said, ‘There is no better high than discovery’.

Erica Stuber

Erica Stuber is a Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Erica’s research assesses ecological heterogeneity across scales. Her work includes modeling species distributions at high resolution to inform important areas for global biodiversity conservation as part of the Half-Earth Project.

Yanina Sica

Yanina Sica is a Research Associate at Map of Life with a PhD in Biology. Her background is in biodiversity conservation and modeling land-use change. She is working on modeling species distributions at high resolution to inform important areas for global biodiversity conservation as part of the Half-Earth Project.

Ruth Oliver

Ruth Oliver is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Ruth is interested in global biodiversity, macroecology, climate change, bioacoustics, remote sensing, and machine learning. Her work is informing the status of country-level biodiversity information and identifying data gaps that will be used in the Half-Earth Map.

Wendy Dorman

Wendy Dorman is the Data Curator at Map of Life, with a Masters in GIS & Cartography and a Masters in Biology. Wendy is interested in biodiversity conservation, climate change, and social justice. She works with the Map of Life team in the production and provisioning of biodiversity data products used in the Half-Earth Map.

Diego Ellis Soto

Diego Ellis Soto is a PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Diego is passionate about movement ecology, island biogeography, tropical biodiversity, and eco-informatics. His work on species distribution modeling at high resolution provided the hummingbird and South African biodiversity layers on the Half-Earth Map.

Cory Merow

Cory Merow is a Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. Cory is a quantitative ecologist interested in building mechanistic models to forecast population and community responses to environmental change. The species distribution models informing the Half-Earth Maps is driven by Cory’s methodologies and continued collaboration.

Scott Rinnan

Scott Rinnan is a Post-Doctoral Associate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale University with a Ph.D. in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management. Scott is working to identify Half-Earth conservation priorities that give us the best opportunity to protect the most species.

Isabel Del Toro Mijares

Isabel Del Toro Mijares is an undergraduate student in the Yale College of Environmental Studies. She is interested in tropical conservation and is working with the Map of Life team to digitize spatial biodiversity information that is a critical building block of the Half-Earth Map.

Vizzuality

Craig Mills

Craig Mills is the CEO of Vizzuality. He provides strategic oversight for the mapping core of the Half-Earth project, which brings to life the species distribution data and analytics that will guide us towards the best opportunities for protecting the most species.

Simão Belchior

Simão Belchior is a Project Manager at Vizzuality with a Masters In Software Engineering. Simão manages and coordinates Vizzuality’s contribution to the Half-Earth project; the design and development of the Half-Earth Maps that bring species distribution data to life.

Sergio Estella

Sergio is the Founder and Chief Design Officer of Vizzuality. Sergio provides strategic oversight for the design, usability, understanding and quality of the Half-Earth maps, ensuring they deliver both insight and inspiration that informs decisions on which half of Earth to protect.

Benjamin Laken

Benjamin is a Scientist at Vizzuality with a Ph.D. in Physical Geography. He works closely with Map of Life to prepare datasets, and ensures species data is visualized accurately in engaging ways on the Half-Earth Maps.

Javier Abia

Javier is a Frontend Engineer at Vizzuality with a Masters in Archaeology and Heritage Management, and experience on GIS software. Javier builds the Half-Earth Maps that visualize species data and help us identify and virtually explore the places that contain the greatest diversity of life.

Estefanía Casal

Estefanía is a Designer at Vizzuality with a Masters in Art Direction. Estefanía designs the maps you can explore at half-earthproject.org, which aim to spark curiosity and engagement with the Half-Earth mission and make information easier to understand and take action with.

 

Marta Gajowczyk

Marta is a Frontend Engineer at Vizzuality with a degree in Computer Science. Marta supports the development of the Half-Earth Maps that visualize species data and help us identify and virtually explore the places that contain the greatest diversity of life.

Greta Carrete Vega

Greta is a data-hungry ecologist who uses her GIS skills to help others understand biodiversity better. Maps are her favourite form of data visualisation and she takes a meticulous approach towards data analysis and interpretation. Greta’s PhD and Masters studies gave her opportunities to work alongside conservation organisations, and it was these experiences that have motivated her to focus on improving the way we communicate ecological data. She’s well aware that we need to simplify complicated data if we want it to be used by businesses, governments, and individuals.

Martin Dubuisson

Martin is a User Researcher at Vizzuality with a Masters in Sociocultural Anthropology. Martin talks to people about their experience with the Half-Earth Maps to identify opportunities for improving the way we communicate species data with the Half-Earth Maps.

Camellia Williams

Camellia is the Lead Writer at Vizzuality with a Masters in Conservation and Biodiversity. She writes stories about the Half-Earth Maps and helps raise awareness of the Half-Earth mission to conserve half the land and sea to safeguard to the bulk of biodiversity, including ourselves.