Staff

Empowering Local People in Conservation Work

We recognize the crucial link between healthy, natural areas and the quality of life of the people in and near them. Our work with both urban and rural communities reveals their strengths and aspirations.

Our approach is focused on the assets local people bring to the conservation process and identifies (1) the strengths of their local organizations, (2) their ecological knowledge, (3) their use of natural resources, (4) their cultural practices related to sustainable livelihoods, and (5) their aspirations for the future

Working with Communities in the Andes-Amazon

We work with communities living in or around protected areas. Typically, these are communities whose livelihoods depend heavily or almost entirely on the health of the surrounding forest

Working with Communities in the Chicago Region

We work with local community partners in the Chicago Region to design and develop environmental programs and plans that build on their local assets and on natural resources to address quality of life concerns.


 
Diana "Tita" Alvira's picture
Social Conservation Programs Manager
2009
Rebecca Collings's picture
Conservation Ecologist
2010
Alvaro Del Campo's picture
International Field Programs Manager
2002
Abigail Derby Lewis's picture
Conservation Ecologist
2009
Robin B. Foster's picture
Conservation Ecologist, ECCo; and Adjunct Curator, Botany Dept.
1977
Erika Hasle's picture
Conservation Ecologist
2010
Nancy Hensold's picture
Tropical Plant Taxonomist
1990
Pete Herbst's picture
Web and Database Specialist
2011
Mark K. Johnston's picture
Geographic Information Manager
2010
Mario Longoni's picture
Urban Anthropologist
2004
Meganne Lube's picture
Grants Administrator
2001
Jon Markel's picture
GIS/Digital Media Coordinator
2007
Dawn Martin's picture
Operations Manager
2007
Laura Milkert's picture
Stewardship Coordinator
2009
Debra Moskovits's picture
Vice President Science and Education
1985
Mario Pariona's picture
Conservation Outreach Specialist; Coordinator
2005
Juliana Philipp's picture
Conservation Research Assistant
2004
Laurel Ross's picture
Urban Conservation Director
2004
Sarah Santarelli's picture
Administrative Assistant
2010
Douglas Stotz's picture
ECCo Senior Conservation Ecologist
1994
Royal Taylor's picture
Science & Education Finance Manager
2008
Madeleine Tudor's picture
Applied Cultural Research Manager
1997
Angie  Viands's picture
Community Conservation Specialist
2010
Corine Vriesendorp's picture
Sr. Conservation Ecologist, Director, Rapid Inventories and Conservation Tools
2003
Tatzyana "Tyana" Wachter's picture
Conservation Ecologist Coordinator
1985
Alaka Wali's picture
Curator of North American Anthropology and Applied Cultural Research Director, Environment, Culture and Conservation
1995
Cristy Watkins's picture
Post Doctoral Researcher
2010