I am a wildlife conservationist, fundraiser, author, and social entrepreneur focusing on sea turtles in Latin America, as well as a grant writing consultant, photographer, activist, father, professor, educator, organic gardener, and public speaker.
I co-founded SEE Turtles in 2008 and have directed the project since it's founding. SEE Turtles became an independent 501c3 non-profit in 2017. I have worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 20+ years with organizations including Ocean Conservancy, Rare, Asociacion ANAI (Costa Rica), and the Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia). I also consulted for several ecotourism companies and non-profits, including EcoTeach and Costa Rican Adventures.
I edited and co-authored 2020 book Sea Turtle Research and Conservation: Lessons From The Field from Elsevier Press and co-authored the 2014 book Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles from Texas A&M Press. My organization for its conservation efforts won the 2019 Changemakers Award from the World Travel & Tourism Council and the 2019 Skal Sustainable Tourism Award.
I have been chair of the Awards Committee of the International Sea Turtle Society, and have authored several book chapters, blogs, and abstracts on turtle conservation and ecotourism, and have presented at major travel conferences, sea turtle symposia, and other venues. I received a BS in Environmental Economics from Penn State University and taught a class on ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College.