President & Research Director
Nico Arcilla is an avian ecologist and conservation biologist with 25 years of experience leading research and conservation projects on birds and other wildlife in response to human impacts. She has worked in the Americas, Africa and Madagascar, Europe and the Middle East, and the Pacific and Caribbean islands, including positions with the Smithsonian Institution, Zoological Society of London, Drexel University, American Samoa Government, and the Crane Trust. She earned her BA from Yale University, MS from Cornell University, and PhD from the University of Georgia.
Tsamajain Indigenous Amazonia Fellow
Benjamín Salazar Samecash is a biologist who earned his BS and MSc degrees at the National University of San Marcos, Lima, and is an indigenous Awajún (Aguaruna-Jívaro) community member in Santa Maria de Nieva, Amazonas, Peru. His work focuses on indigenous knowledge of bird taxonomy, ecology and conservation.
His master’s thesis focused on indigenous systems of bird classification in titled Awajún communities on the Nieva river. For the past several years, he has been conducting the first scientific assessments of birds and their conservation status on the Nieva river in collaboration with members of the Awajún communities of Agkais, Ugkum, and Saasa. He is also documenting Awajún traditional stories about birds and other animals that relate to biodiversity conservation.
Liyanage Postdoctoral Fellow
Sandra Goded is a biologist whose main concern is biodiversity conservation. Her main interests are on bird, mammal and forest conservation worldwide. She graduated at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and did her PhD at the University of Santiago de Compostela, in which she studied the effects that intensive agriculture, deforestation of Atlantic forests and Eucalyptus plantations have on biodiversity.
She runs her own NGO “Quercus Sonora”, since 2007, which aims at protecting Atlantic forests and their biodiversity. She is developing several conservation projects in West Africa, including environmental education, conservation of Afro-Palearctic migrant birds, studies of large mammal populations in national parks and conservation of vulture populations.
Kristen Rosamond is a biologist who is primarily interested in avian ecology. She earned her B.S. and M.S. from Tulane University, during which she studied relationships between the morphology and foraging behaviors of warblers. Her main interests focus on the ecology and conservation of birds, in particular shorebirds and seabirds, and scientific outreach and education.
She is currently researching responses of Neotropical songbirds, especially Dickcissels, to climate and management variables in the North American Great Plains, and investigating the ecology of differential migration, where birds of different sexes and ages exhibit different migration patterns, in shorebirds and one of their major predator species, Peregrine Falcons.
Nico Arcilla is an avian ecologist and conservation biologist with 25 years of experience leading research and conservation projects on birds and other wildlife in response to human impacts. She has worked in the Americas, Africa and Madagascar, Europe and the Middle East, and the Pacific and Caribbean islands, including positions with the Smithsonian Institution, Zoological Society of London, American Samoa Government, Drexel University, and the Crane Trust. She earned her B.A. from Yale University, her M.S. from Cornell University, and PhD from the University of Georgia.
Colleen O'Brien Cherry
Colleen Cherry has 25 years of experience working in various international and domestic settings on cultural and conservation issues. Her academic background is interdisciplinary, including a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography, a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management, and a PhD in Environmental and Ecological Anthropology. Dr. Cherry uses this background to investigate culture change and its effect on the environment and health.
Traugott Lawler is Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University. He is a specialist in Medieval English literature. He studied at Holy Cross, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard, where he was awarded the PhD in 1966. He taught at Yale 1966-72, at Northwestern 1972-81, and at Yale again from 1981 until his retirement in 2005. At Yale he was Master of Ezra Stiles College 1986-95 and 2002-3. He is the author of The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales(1981), one of the editors of the Riverside Chaucer, and editor of various other medieval English and Latin works. In recent years he has written extensively on Piers Plowman, and published volume 4 of The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman in 2018. He has been married for over 60 years to Peggy Thormann Lawler, and they have four children and eight grandchildren. His mother taught him to know the birds and love them, and he always has.
Susan Dauphine, J.D.
Susan Dauphine is a Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California, currently retired. She served as a judge in Monterey County for almost 16 years, presiding over juvenile, civil, criminal. and family law cases. Before that she practiced law for 23 years as a partner in a law firm in Monterey, California, and in Massachusetts and Minnesota. She is a cum laude graduate of Stanford University and Columbia School of Law. She also studied at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and taught commercial law for 2 years to marines and sailors in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She has been President of the Monterey County Bar Association and started a foundation as President to provide legal services to those in need. She’s served on numerous nonprofit Boards and is a member of Rotary International and International Women’s Forum.
She has explored the world in a lifelong search to understand its people and creatures and strongly believes our birds and other endangered species must be protected.
Lyn Gubser is a specialist in interactive training with a background in higher education accreditation, research, and evaluation. He served as Dean and Professor of Education at Western Illinois University and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Arizona. He earned his PhD and MS at the University of Oregon, and his bachelor’s degree in zoology and Asian studies at Oregon State University. He has served on boards including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Walt Disney's EPCOT Center, and the Cupp Foundation, and is presently active in urban forest rehabilitation and ecosystem degradation prevention.
Ola Svensson is a research engineer at Stockholm University with a specialization in marine environmental monitoring. He conducted his Master’s research on benthic invertebrate community responses to banana farming practices in Costa Rica, and spent three years in the Federated States of Micronesia working at the Micronesian Maritime and Fisheries Academy. He has a lifelong interest in nature, conservation, and international development.