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, 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 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 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.
Julie manages all aspects of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s financial functions to ensure careful stewardship of its resources. She also provides fractional financial and back-office services for venture impact investment firm SJF Ventures and clean energy investment firm Double Time Capital. She is a CPA with over 28 years of experience and is a graduate of Clemson University.
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 is an entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Frontiers. With his background in engineering, industrial economy and marketing, Dennis is dedicated to working with the business community to incorporate Half-Earth compatible practices into their daily activities, their strategic planning and decision-making, and their shareholder valuations.
As Vice President of Development, Amy leads fundraising in support of the Foundation’s mission, strategies and projects. Amy has more than 20 years of experience in major and principal gifts fundraising, capital campaigns, board development, philanthropy training and consultation and non-profit leadership and management.
Amanda Briody taught secondary science in the Baltimore City Public Schools System for 10 years, prior to becoming a freelance educational resource developer. Amanda loves to share her work by designing and facilitating professional learning courses and workshops, and has developed and implemented NGSS-aligned curriculum for Biology, AP Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, and Forensic Science courses.
Dr. Piotr Naskrecki is an entomologist, conservation biologist, author, and photographer, based at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He currently directs the E.O.Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory at Gorongosa NationalPark in Mozambique where he trains a new cadre of Mozambican biologists and conservationists, and helps rebuild the park, which suffered greatly during the recent civil war in that country.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 is a Scientist at Vizzuality with a PhD in Conservation of Natural Resources. She provides scientific context to the biodiversity and conservation data and works with the designer and developer teams to visualize and code the Half-Earth Map.
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 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.
Kamil is a Frontend Developer at Vizzuality with a degree in Computer Science. Kamil builds the interface between the data and the map, giving people a smooth, intuitive experience as they explore the Half-Earth map.
Fausto is a Designer at Vizzuality. Fausto designs the Half-Earth maps, with an aim to spark curiosity and engagement with the Half-Earth mission.
Andrej is a Senior Researcher at Vizzuality with a Masters in Sociology. His research allows us to understand what people need from the Half-Earth Map and identify new opportunities for engagement.
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