Erika is a writer, birder, and photographer living along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management and a certificate in environmental communications from Duke University, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. She has worked in communications for Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Triangle Land Conservancy, Okaloosa County, and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, and has written for the Conservation Fund, the Florida Sportsman, the Maine Sportsman, BirdWatching Daily, Backpacker, and 10000birds.com. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration.
Ryan is currently a graduate student pursuing his PhD at Duke University in the field of ecology with a concentration in conservation. He has visited every continent other than Antarctica, and has participated in conservation projects across four different continents. Although experienced with still photography, he is most passionate about using documentaries to communicate science to a wider audience. While at Duke, he is also one of the leaders of the group, Duke SNAP (Stories for Nature and People) which promotes scientific communication using all media types through a combination of teaching students how to generate content, as well as pairing with local NGO’s to tell their conservation stories.
Team Leader, Graphic Design
Mary is an interior architect and designer working in Portland, Maine. Inspired by a strong research-based, human-centered design program at Cornell University, she understands the importance of form, function, and the impact of the built environment. She is continually invested in reducing environmental impact through innovative and sustainable design. Her multi-faceted background allows her to be a designer who can both create and disrupt paradigms, and become a tool for creative impact. A full portfolio of her work can be found here.
Team Leader, Mapping Services
Audrey is a passionate conservation professional who specializes in the use of geospatial information systems (GIS) for research and analysis as well as for creating beautiful map products. She earned her Masters of Environmental Management and Geospatial Analysis Certificate from Duke University. She has provided various GIS services to organizations including Triangle Land Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, OpenRange, Inc., Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the City of Austin’s Park and Recreation Department. Currently, she works as an environmental scientist for a renewable energy consulting company based in Austin, Texas. She believes maps are a powerful tool for planning and communicating conservation strategies.