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Our Leadership



Earthwatch is a diverse community of scientists, educators, students, and business people who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.



Our dedicated staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and China support and work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research. 

International Executives

Our senior management team is responsible for Earthwatch operations and assuring all aspects of the mission of the organization are delivered with excellence.

Larry Mason - Earthwatch International CEO
LARRY
MASON
CEO, International

Larry brings more than 25 years of international management experience to Earthwatch, including leadership of large business units at Procter & Gamble and Goodyear. He has consistently led successful market innovations while navigating rapidly changing landscapes in diverse markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Coming from the international business community, Larry is keenly aware of how human impact can add to the stresses on our planet. Larry joined Earthwatch with a strong passion and conviction that humans, individually and in groups, can absolutely be the difference in managing and minimizing those impacts.

Sue Holden, Earthwatch Executive Director
SUE
HOLDEN
CEO Europe and Middle East

Sue Holden is responsible for Earthwatch in the UK, Europe, Middle East and India, plus offices in Hong Kong, and Brazil. Prior to joining Earthwatch in 2014, Sue was CEO of The Woodland Trust since 2005. Prior to this Sue was at the National Trust for nine years originally as a manager of historic properties and nature conservation sites. Sue has also spent time as a Business Link Adviser, and at Shell International and Shell UK where she was a Business Consultant and Area Manager, North Wales. Sue believes that everyone needs to be inspired to take action to live sustainably and building understanding through good science and compelling evidence is critical to achieving this.

David McInnes - Earthwatch CEO, Australia
DAVID
MCINNES
CEO, Australia

David McInnes became the CEO of Earthwatch Australia in 2013. He is an experienced educator and business manager with a passion for sustainability. His background has ranged across educational delivery and planning, business development, company management, local government, research, and sustainable business practices. David’s tertiary education background includes education, accounting, management, and postgraduate studies in sustainability at Cambridge University. He is a holder of the Australian Public Service medal, a fellow of the Australian College of Education, and a professorial fellow at Monash University. David sees Earthwatch as an important facilitator of environmental research with a unique mission to link science and the community through education and the opportunity to contribute through Earthwatch projects.

Shigeo Yasuda - Earthwatch Executive Director, Japan
SHIGEO
YASUDA
Executive Director, Japan

Shigeo joined the Earthwatch Japan office in January 2011. He first participated in an Earthwatch project as a volunteer in the Cameroonian Rainforest expedition in 2002. Shigeo is a graduate of Tokyo University, where he majored in economics. He has worked in corporate business development in Nigeria, the Middle East, and Indonesia. In 2007, he became resident manager of a Japanese government-backed orchid conservation project in a remote mountainous region of Myanmar (Burma). After completing this two-year assignment, he moved to London to study taxonomy and horticulture of endangered plant species at Kew Botanic Gardens before taking his present position.

Raghuvansh Saxena - Earthwatch Country Director, India
RAGHUVANSH
SAXENA
Country Director, India

Raghu has more than two decades of experience in environmental projects and sustainable development. In India he has managed major projects for the British Council and the World Wildlife Fund. He was a British Chevening Scholar in environmental management at the University of Manchester. India has one of the largest populations of young people in the world, and Raghu sees a great potential for inspiring young people to explore the environment and science through participation in Earthwatch Citizen Science programs. Engaging citizens to work with scientists will help to further strengthen conservation and environmental protection initiatives.

Bill Moomaw, Chief Scientist
BILL
MOOMAW
Chief Scientist

Dr. Moomaw is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy and was the founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University. He has worked on global change issues such as protection of the global climate system, the ozone layer, forests, nitrogen impacts, oceans and biodiversity. He also partners with scientists and policy makers to translate science into policy-relevant terms. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.A., cum laude, in chemistry from Williams College. He has a long history of board service at Earthwatch, including ten years as Vice Chairman. He serves on the boards of several organizations focused on climate and other science based global issues including the Climate Group, The Nature Conservancy and Woods Hole Research Center, and The Consensus Building Institute. Dr. Moomaw has been a lead author of five reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has authored many reports to state, national and international agencies. He and his wife Margot have built a zero net energy home that uses no fossil fuels.

Earthwatch’s role in the community is one which nurtures and grows the inspiration and actions necessary for society to develop a more balanced approach to business and sustainability. Our efforts improve how scientific research is funded and communicated, and our volunteering opportunities provide the means by which everyday people can reconnect with nature.

There are few organizations operating on such a global scale that engage citizens, corporate supporters, scientists, and government with such positive environmental outcomes. Participants in Earthwatch programs span all age groups and all nationalities—our common denominator is our wish to participate in sustainable activities for the benefit of our planet.

David McInnes - Earthwatch CEO, Australia
DAVID
MCINNES
CEO, Australia

David McInnes became the CEO of Earthwatch Australia in 2013. He is an experienced educator and business manager with a passion for sustainability. His background has ranged across educational delivery and planning, business development, company management, local government, research, and sustainable business practices. David’s tertiary education background includes education, accounting, management, and postgraduate studies in sustainability at Cambridge University. He is a holder of the Australian Public Service medal, a fellow of the Australian College of Education, and a professorial fellow at Monash University. David sees Earthwatch as an important facilitator of environmental research with a unique mission to link science and the community through education and the opportunity to contribute through Earthwatch projects.

Board of Directors

Earthwatch Australia has a committed Board of Directors who are responsible for the governance of Earthwatch and overseeing its strategy and direction.

Anthea Hancocks - Earthwatch Chair, Board of Directors
CHARLES
MACEK
Chair, Board of Directors

Charles Macek joined the Board in 2011.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Master of Administration from Monash University.

Charles is a director of Federation Centres since 2011 and Chairman of the Sustainable Investment Research Institute Pty Ltd. He is also a member of the investment committee of UniSuper Limited since 2003, a Senior Corporate Consultant to MMC Australia and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the AICD.

He was formerly the Chairman of Racing Information Services Australia Pty Ltd, the Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited, IOOF Holdings Ltd, the Financial Reporting Council and Vice-Chairman of the IFRS Advisory Council. He is a former member of the New Zealand Accounting Standards Review Board and was a director of Wesfarmers Ltd (2001-14), director of Telstra Corporation Ltd (2001-9) and Chairman of Orchard Funds Ltd (2007-11).

Additional Board of Directors:
Dr Neil Byron
Heather Campbell
Megan Flynn
Colin Gomm
Prof. David McInnes
Dr Josephine Lang
Chris Schulz
Prof. Ian Woodrow

Science Advisory Committee

Earthwatch Australia research and education programs are guided by an independent Science Advisory Committee.

Dr. Josephine Lang has worked in the education sector for twenty-five years, and is on the Earthwatch Board.
JOSEPHINE
LANG
Chair, Science Advisory Committee

Dr. Josephine Lang is a passionate educator who has worked across diverse fields of the education sector for twenty-five years. Initially, she worked in secondary schools teaching in the areas of science, biology, geography and environmental studies. Josephine has worked in schools, government education departments, professional teacher associations and the zoo education service. She is a former president of both the Victorian Association for Environmental Education and the Australian Association for Environmental Education. For the past thirteen years she has worked in teacher education at universities, preparing and inspiring the new generation of teachers in our schools. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of professional learning of teachers, education for sustainability, curriculum and assessment design, and pedagogy. She also explores the affordances of new media in the processes of learning and teaching. Josephine brings to the Board a wealth of experience and expertise in education for sustainability, policy development and implementation, learning theories, curriculum and assessment design, teaching and learning excellence, and qualitative inquiry research methodologies. She has strong skills in collaboration, management and leadership.

Additional Science Advisory Committee Members:
Prof. David Booth
Diana Jones
Prof. Nancy Longnecker
Dr Martine Maron
Prof. Stephen Williams

Patron

Sir Ninian Stephen was born in 1923 at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire and came to Australia in 1940
RT. HON. SIR NINIAN
STEPHEN
Patron

Sir Ninian Stephen was born in 1923 at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire and came to Australia in 1940. After serving in the AIF, he completed his law degree and began practice as a barrister and solicitor. He was admitted to the bar in 1952 and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1966. He became a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1970 and was made a justice of the High Court of Australia in 1972, a position which he held until being appointed governor general in 1982.

In 1989 Sir Ninian became the first Australian Ambassador for the Environment, and in his three-year term was particularly energetic in working for a ban of mining in Antarctica. In 1991 he undertook one of the most difficult of all tasks when he was appointed chairman of the second strand of the Northern Ireland peace talks. Between 1993 and 1997, he was a judge on the international tribunals investigating war crimes in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. His other activities include attempting to broker peace in Bangladesh, evaluating allegations of forced labor in Burma (Myanmar), and investigating the possibility of a criminal tribunal for former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia.

Sir Ninian has also been chairman of the Citizenship Council since 1998. He was made a knight commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 and a privy counselor in 1979. Among the many honors he has since received are the Legion d’Honneur in 1983 and a knighthood of the Order of Australia in 1982. In 1994 he was made a Knight of the Garter.

Life Governors

Earthwatch Australia is appreciative of the support of its longstanding life governors.

Clare Cannon has a passion for the environment. She helped establish Earthwatch Australia
CLARE
CANNON
Life Governor

Clare has a passion for the environment. She helped establish Earthwatch Australia. Clare serves on the sustainability committees of St. Catherine’s School and Geelong Grammar.

Brian Rosborough is founding chairman of Earthwatch Institute
BRIAN
ROSBOROUGH
Life Governor

Brian Rosborough is founding chairman of Earthwatch Institute, which he launched in 1972 with the goal of providing “social venture capital” to scientists by enlisting volunteers to do fieldwork. Brian has been a pioneer in the environmental field, and during his 25-year tenure as CEO he led Earthwatch to becoming one of the world’s largest private funders of field research. Earthwatch Institute continues to be a major sponsor of scientific inquiry, supporting up to 130 projects each year to document changing world conditions. These expeditions search for solutions to sustainability, delving into problems such as global warming, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity, public health issues such as access to clean water, and the preservation of our cultural and biological heritage.

Brian also serves on civic and educational boards in fields of interest. He has advised or designed projects for the United Nations ICT Task Force, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, the Ossabaw Island Foundation, Deerfield Academy, Tulane University, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Cape Cod National Seashore, International Development Enterprises, and Digital Nations.

Prior to founding Earthwatch, Brian was an investment banker in New York and served as first lieutenant on a U.S. destroyer in Southeast Asia. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his family and other wildlife.

Earthwatch Australia is appreciative of the support of its longstanding life governors.

Earthwatch is a diverse community of scientists, educators, students, and businesspeople who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.

Our dedicated staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and China support and work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.

Senior Management Team

Raghuvansh Saxena - Earthwatch Country Director, India
RAGHUVANSH
SAXENA
Country Director, India

Raghu has more than two decades of experience in environmental projects and sustainable development. In India he has managed major projects for the British Council and the World Wildlife Fund. He was a British Chevening Scholar in environmental management at the University of Manchester. India has one of the largest populations of young people in the world, and Raghu sees a great potential for inspiring young people to explore the environment and science through participation in Earthwatch Citizen Science programs. Engaging citizens to work with scientists will help to further strengthen conservation and environmental protection initiatives.

Shigeo Yasuda - Earthwatch Executive Director, Japan
SHIGEO
YASUDA
Executive Director, Japan

Shigeo joined the Earthwatch Japan office in January 2011. He first participated in an Earthwatch project as a volunteer in the Cameroonian Rainforest expedition in 2002. Shigeo is a graduate of Tokyo University, where he majored in economics. He has worked in corporate business development in Nigeria, the Middle East, and Indonesia. In 2007, he became resident manager of a Japanese government-backed orchid conservation project in a remote mountainous region of Myanmar (Burma). After completing this two-year assignment, he moved to London to study taxonomy and horticulture of endangered plant species at Kew Botanic Gardens before taking his present position.

Board of Trustees, India

Earthwatch Institute India Trust is a public charitable trust and a not-for-profit organization.

Chair: Mike H. Pandey

Trustee and Science Lead: Dr. G. Srinivasan

Trustee: Aloka Majumdar

Board of Directors, Japan

Our boards of directors are responsible for the leadership and governance of Earthwatch and for overseeing its strategy and direction. Combining diverse personal and professional backgrounds, they are ambassadors for Earthwatch, furthering our mission by setting strategic priorities for our work.

Chair: Professor Dr. Tetsuro Urabe

Vice Chair:
Professor Dr. Hideki Ishida
Yoshiaki Shin

Directors

Eisuke Kumano
Professor Dr. Yoshinori Yasuda
Toshihiko Goto
Professor Noriko Takemoto
Kaori Fujita
Shigeo Yasuda

Senior Fellow

Hisao Goto

Auditors

Jun-ichi Nishi
Masami Tsukamoto

Advisor

Dr. Shinya Tsuru

Advisory Council

The invaluable advisory councils serve as expert resources for Earthwatch in crystalizing and delivering its global message.

Asia

Zhang Hanzhi, Development Research Center of the State Council, PRC
Jiro Kondo, Research Institute for Technology and the Environment
Chou Loke Ming, University of Singapore
Professor M. S. Swaminathan, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

Senior Management Team

Larry Mason - Earthwatch International CEO
LARRY
MASON
CEO, International

Larry brings more than 25 years of international management experience to Earthwatch, including leadership of large business units at Procter & Gamble and Goodyear. He has consistently led successful market innovations while navigating rapidly changing landscapes in diverse markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Coming from the international business community, Larry is keenly aware of how human impact can add to the stresses on our planet. Larry joined Earthwatch with a strong passion and conviction that humans, individually and in groups, can absolutely be the difference in managing and minimizing those impacts.

Sue Holden, Earthwatch Executive Director
SUE
HOLDEN
CEO Europe and Middle East

Sue Holden is responsible for Earthwatch in the UK, Europe, Middle East and India, plus offices in Hong Kong, and Brazil. Prior to joining Earthwatch in 2014, Sue was CEO of The Woodland Trust since 2005. Prior to this Sue was at the National Trust for nine years originally as a manager of historic properties and nature conservation sites. Sue has also spent time as a Business Link Adviser, and at Shell International and Shell UK where she was a Business Consultant and Area Manager, North Wales. Sue believes that everyone needs to be inspired to take action to live sustainably and building understanding through good science and compelling evidence is critical to achieving this.

Nigel Winser, Earthwatch Executive Vice President
NIGEL
WINSER
Executive Vice President

Nigel’s principal expertise lies in interdisciplinary and international fieldwork, community-based conservation approaches, and corporate engagement with environmental issues. Trained as a life scientist at Westminster University, he served as deputy director and head of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division of the Royal Geographical Society. He received the society’s Patron’s Gold Medal and the Mungo Park Award. Nigel has been on the boards of several geographic and conservation bodies and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Westminster University for his services to the environment and conservation.

Steve Gray - Earthwatch Head of Programs
STEVE
GRAY
Head of Programs

Bringing extensive experience in global operations and corporate partnerships, Steve oversees the delivery of a wide range of funded programs in the U.K., the U.S., Brazil, and Hong Kong that provide people from many different backgrounds with an inspiring Earthwatch experience, helping them make a difference at work and at home on their return. Steve also oversees the implementation of Earthwatch’s global field safety procedures.

Bill Moomaw, Chief Scientist
BILL
MOOMAW
Chief Scientist

Dr. Moomaw is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy and was the founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University. He has worked on global change issues such as protection of the global climate system, the ozone layer, forests, nitrogen impacts, oceans and biodiversity. He also partners with scientists and policy makers to translate science into policy-relevant terms. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.A., cum laude, in chemistry from Williams College. He has a long history of board service at Earthwatch, including ten years as Vice Chairman. He serves on the boards of several organizations focused on climate and other science based global issues including the Climate Group, The Nature Conservancy and Woods Hole Research Center, and The Consensus Building Institute. Dr. Moomaw has been a lead author of five reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has authored many reports to state, national and international agencies. He and his wife Margot have built a zero net energy home that uses no fossil fuels.

Mark Chandler - Earthwatch International Director of Research
Dr. MARK
CHANDLER
International Director of Research

Mark is a prominent conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience conducting field research globally, and is responsible for oversight of scientific research on each of Earthwatch’s programs. He received his doctorate from McGill University studying the evolution of host–parasite communities in tropical frog communities. Mark’s interests are the development of sustainable agriculture programs that enhance both livelihoods and the environment, the active participation of local communities in field conservation programs, and the capacity development of scientists from underserved communities.

Marsha O’Doherty - Earthwatch International Director of Human Resources
MARSHA
O’DOHERTY
International Director of Human Resources

Marsha champions the development of a global human resource strategy allowing for country differences, using local human resources for guidance, and maintains a level of parity for the staff throughout the organization as it relates to salary and benefits. Marsha has a wide range of nonprofit operational management experience as a national staff member of the American Red Cross and has worked in Germany, Italy, Japan, Bosnia, and Kosovo, as well as holding several U.S. stateside assignments.

Nichole Cirillo - Earthwatch International Director of Learning
NICHOLE
CIRILLO
International Director of Learning

Nichole is responsible for designing and implementing global learning programs specifically geared toward helping people turn their expedition into an inward journey, as well as an outward one. She works with educators, youth, and corporate teams, and most enjoys witnessing the transformation that occurs as participants connect the research and field experience with their lives at home. Prior to joining Earthwatch, Nichole was the experiential learning manager at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights and social justice organization. There, she led service and learning trips to some of the most challenging parts in the world, including northern Uganda and post-earthquake Haiti. Nichole has an M.A. in environmental policy and planning and has worked to apply her passion for the environment in the public, private, and nonprofit arenas.

CERT Board of Trustees

Our Conservation Education and Research Trust (CERT) Board of Trustees is responsible for the leadership and governance of Earthwatch and for overseeing its strategy and direction. Combining diverse backgrounds, they are ambassadors for the organization, furthering the Earthwatch mission by setting strategic priorities for its work.

Europe

Chair: Louise Barrett
Vice Chair: Dr. Mark Collins
Andrew Christie
Richard Donkin
Nicholas Dobson
Dr. John Hemming, CMG
Whitney L. Johnson, ex officio
Lisa King
Anthony J. McMahon
Judith Mosely
Herschel Post, MBE
Joseph R. Proctor III
Dr. Daniel I. Rubenstein
Mark D. Ward
Larry Mason, ex officio

Directors Emeriti

Sir Crispin Tickell, GCMG
Professor David Macdonald, CBE
Professor Ian Swingland, OBE

Board of Advisors

These academic and business leaders help guide and focus our work, and are an integral part of our success. We value their involvement and support both personally and financially. Their ongoing unrestricted support gives us the opportunity to achieve our mission by giving us the flexibility to allocate and send our funds to where they are most urgently needed and where they will make the most impact.

United Kingdom

Sir Erik Bennett
Peter Bennett-Jones
Andrew and Nonie Christie
David Earl
Paul Gamel
Rupert and Jan Grey
Professor Wes Harry
Edward and Susan Hoare
Richard Lawson
Elaine Massie
Janet McCrae
Anthony and Alison McMahon
Jeremy and Angela Palmer
Andrew Pindar, OBE
Herschel Post, MBE, and Peggy Post
David Richards and Ann MacGregor
Neil Sankoff
Sir John and Lady Scarlett
Neville Shulman, CBE, and Emma Shulman
Paul and Mary Slawson
Robert J. Stack
Nicholas Stanley
Charles and Cathy Swingland
Mark Ward
Corinna Wiltshire
Lynn and Natalia Woods

Science Advisors

Our world-class research program is guided by the expertise of these scientists, educators, and leaders of other environmental organizations. Earthwatch undertakes a rigorous peer review process as part of its selection of projects for its field research portfolio. Members of the committee are consulted as part of this peer review process when developing the project portfolio and education programs.

Europe Science Advisors

Professor M. James Crabbe
Professor Mark Huxham, Napier University
Professor Yadvinder Malhi, Oxford University
Professor N. H. Ravindranath, Indian Institute of Sciences
Professor Hazel Rymer, The Open University
Professor M. W. Swaminathan

Senior Management Team

Larry Mason - Earthwatch International CEO
LARRY
MASON
CEO, International

Larry brings more than 25 years of international management experience to Earthwatch, including leadership of large business units at Procter & Gamble and Goodyear. He has consistently led successful market innovations while navigating rapidly changing landscapes in diverse markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Coming from the international business community, Larry is keenly aware of how human impact can add to the stresses on our planet. Larry joined Earthwatch with a strong passion and conviction that humans, individually and in groups, can absolutely be the difference in managing and minimizing those impacts.

Scott Kania, Chief Operating Officer
SCOTT
KANIA
Chief Operating Officer

Scott joined Earthwatch following a 35 year senior operations career in the financial services industry. Scott has deep expertise in program delivery, automation, global project management, change management, finance and IT systems, remote project management and best practice development. Scott had spent his prior eight years with HSBC in NY and London, where he served as Senior VP. Scott was an Earthwatch participant in the HSBC Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP). Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation and has remained active in conservation as a Trustee of The Rivers Alliance as well as a member of the Conservation Commission in Canton, CT.

Bill Moomaw, Chief Scientist
BILL
MOOMAW
Chief Scientist

Dr. Moomaw is Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy and was the founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University. He has worked on global change issues such as protection of the global climate system, the ozone layer, forests, nitrogen impacts, oceans and biodiversity. He also partners with scientists and policy makers to translate science into policy-relevant terms. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.A., cum laude, in chemistry from Williams College. He has a long history of board service at Earthwatch, including ten years as Vice Chairman. He serves on the boards of several organizations focused on climate and other science based global issues including the Climate Group, The Nature Conservancy and Woods Hole Research Center, and The Consensus Building Institute. Dr. Moomaw has been a lead author of five reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has authored many reports to state, national and international agencies. He and his wife Margot have built a zero net energy home that uses no fossil fuels.

Cristina Eisenberg, Lead Scientist
Dr. CRISTINA
EISENBERG
Lead Scientist

Cristina is a conservation biologist and science writer who has spent more than a decade studying wolves and their effects on whole ecosystems. She is an Earthwatch Institute PI (Tracking Fire and Wolves). She holds a PhD in forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University and an MA in Conservation Biology from Prescott College. Her post-doctoral research was on how restoring two keystone forces of nature—wolves and fire—creates healthier ecosystems. A Smithsonian Research Associate and Boone and Crockett Club professional member, for four years she served as the research director on the High Lonesome Ranch. Her books for Island Press include The Carnivore Way and The Wolf’s Tooth. She has authored a variety of journal articles and book chapters and is currently at work on a book about climate change and wildlife.

Mark Chandler, International Director of Research Initiatives
Dr. MARK
CHANDLER
International Director of Research Initiatives

Mark is a prominent conservation biologist with over 20 years of experience conducting field research globally, and is responsible for oversight of scientific research on each of Earthwatch’s programs. He received his doctorate from McGill University studying the evolution of host–parasite communities in tropical frog communities. Mark’s interests are the development of sustainable agriculture programs that enhance both livelihoods and the environment, the active participation of local communities in field conservation programs, and the capacity development of scientists from underserved communities.

Nichole Cirillo, Earthwatch International Director of Learning
NICHOLE
CIRILLO
International Director of Learning

Nichole is responsible for designing and implementing global learning programs specifically geared toward helping people turn their expedition into an inward journey, as well as an outward one. She works with educators, youth, and corporate teams, and most enjoys witnessing the transformation that occurs as participants connect the research and field experience with their lives at home. Prior to joining Earthwatch, Nichole was the experiential learning manager at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights and social justice organization. There, she led service and learning trips to some of the most challenging parts in the world, including northern Uganda and post-earthquake Haiti. Nichole has an M.A. in environmental policy and planning and has worked to apply her passion for the environment in the public, private, and nonprofit arenas.

Kristen Kusek, Director of Strategic Communications
KRISTEN
KUSEK
Director of Strategic Communications

Kristen is responsible for implementing a strategic communications program for Earthwatch. She brings to the task 16 years of experience building strategic partnerships in international nonprofit, academic, and research settings that bridge the gap between science, journalism, education, and lay communities. Adept at using the power of a good story to inspire, educate and empower, Kristen launched her career by starting a Science Journalism Center at the University of South Florida (USF). She spent the next decade exploring the oceans and working as a science writer and outreach director on a variety of multimedia projects -- including the first IMAX film on hydrothermal vents -- at USF, InterRidge, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She previously worked at Earthwatch from 2008-2012, and rejoins the team after two years as Associate Director of Communications at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Kristen earned a B.A. in biology and English from Bucknell University and an M.S. in marine science and M.A. in journalism/mass communications from USF St. Petersburg.

Stacey Monty, Director of Field Research Expeditions
STACEY
MONTY
Director of Field Research Expeditions

Stacey took over as Director of Field Research Expeditions in July 2014. She is responsible for the team of advisors, managers, and coordinators that recruit and prepare volunteers, schools, and groups to join our researchers in the field. Prior to taking on this role, as Business Planner, Stacey assessed business opportunities, managed our research project portfolio, developed tools that are critical to program success, and coordinated business process across Earthwatch's international offices. She has joined many of our expeditions in the field and is a senior member of the International Risk Management team. Stacey is passionate about broadening people’s horizons, demystifying science, and supporting researchers working diligently to create more sustainable systems. Stacey started working for Earthwatch in 1999 and has been hooked on our mission ever since.

Heather Pruiksma, Director of Program Delivery
HEATHER
PRUIKSMA
Director of Program Delivery

Heather has been at Earthwatch for over 14 years, having started as an Expedition Coordinator and then quickly settling into the Program Manager role after a matter of months. Now she manages the team of Program Managers and Coordinators who work directly with the Earthwatch scientists to develop project budgets, logistics, risk assessments and emergency response plans, all while acting as program manager for several projects herself. Heather is a senior member of the International Incident Management Team, drawing from her past experience as a wildland firefighter and more than a decade of Wilderness First Aid certification.

Marsha O’Doherty , Earthwatch International Director of Human Resources
MARSHA
O’DOHERTY
Director of Human Resources

Marsha has been serving our organization since September 2008 as a leader in Human Resources, and provides support to the organization as a project manager in many operational projects. Marsha has a wide range of nonprofit operational management experience as a national staff member of the American Red Cross and has worked in Germany, Italy, Japan, Bosnia, and Kosovo, as well as holding several U.S. stateside assignments.

Board of Directors

Our boards of directors are responsible for the leadership and governance of Earthwatch, and for overseeing its strategy and direction. Combining diverse backgrounds, they are ambassadors for the organization, furthering the Earthwatch mission by setting strategic priorities for its work.

United States

Chair: Amy Ruth Borun
Vice Chair: Ruth C. Scheer
Kevin J. Anton
Richard M. Burnes, Jr.
George A. Eberstadt
G. Keith Funston, Jr., Treasurer
Alexandra Goelet
Gary F. Goldring
Samuel M. Hamill, Jr.
Donald R. Kendall, Jr.
Whitney L. Johnson
Dr. Margaret D. Lowman
Brian A. Rosborough, ex officio
Dr. Daniel I. Rubenstein
Robert J. Stack

Directors Emeriti

Chair Emeritus, U.S.: William G. Meserve
Chester G. Atkins
Donald E. Dana
Willard (Dub) Hay
James S. Hoyte
David H. Koch
Merrill Magowan
Linda Millard
Dr. William R. Moomaw
Graham G. Spurling
James M. Storey
Bronson Thayer
Jill Walsh
Edward Wilson, ex officio
Karen D. Zukerman

Board of Advisors

These academic and business leaders help guide and focus our work, and are an integral part of our success. We value their involvement and support both personally and financially. Their ongoing unrestricted support gives us the opportunity to achieve our mission by giving us the flexibility to allocate and send our funds to where they are most urgently needed and where they will make the most impact.

Co-chair: Alexandra (Alix) Goelet
Diana Barrett
Chrissy Blumenthal
Mark Cappellano
Pamela Chesonis
Paul Cummins
Jacqueline Schulman Dobranski
Henry Greenewalt
Gaye L. Hill
Jeffrey A. Jakubiak
James Patrick Kelly
Sherry Matthews
Teri Mendelsohn
Holly Muson
Wallace J. Nichols
Thomas H. Nicholson
Catherine Nierras
Anne Pedrero
Arthur D. Riggs, Ph.D.
Christine Bata Schmidt
Betsy Snow
Victoria Stack
Pamela Wilton Ulm
Karen D. Zukerman