I am a wildlife conservationist, fundraiser, and social entrepreneur focusing on sea turtles in Latin America, as well as a grant writing consultant, writer and photographer, activist, father, professor, educator, organic gardener, and 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 15 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 co-authored the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles, was 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 has presented at major travel conferences and sea turtle symposia. I received a BS in Environmental Economics from Penn State University and taught a class on ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College.