See a map showing our staff and correspondents.

Staff Writer – Nepal, Mongabay
abhaya [at]
Abhaya is a multi-media journalist based in Kathmandu, Nepal.



Staff Writer and Associate Video Producer, Mongabay
abhishyant [at]
Abhishyant is a writer and video producer from India. Since 2014, he has covered a wide range of stories on climate change, health and human rights from around the world. Before joining Mongabay, he worked with TIME magazine and CNN-News18.


Contributing Editor – Bangladesh, Mongabay
siddique [at]
An astute pro-environment journalist, Abu Siddique has a nose for smelling stories, especially those with a trans-boundary water and climate change angle. Working for some of the leading national dailies of Bangladesh including Dhaka Tribune, Daily Sun and The Business Standard for the better part of the last decade, Siddique has explored the remotest corners of the country in search of stories that have often made headlines and hit the talking points. He is one of only a handful of journalists from Bangladesh who writes extensively for influential global portals The Third Pole and Climate Change News.

Senior Production Editor, Mongabay-India
aditi [at]
Aditi has over 10 years of experience working in Communication, Public Diplomacy and Journalism. She started her career as a print journalist and has since then moved onto various communication roles with organizations like Amnesty International, the United States Mission in India and the United Nations Development Program. She has received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to pursue her Masters in Euroculture in Germany and Czech Republic.

Staff Writer – Indigenous News Desk, Mongabay
aimee [at]
Aimee Gabay is a staff writer at Mongabay covering Indigenous news, nature and climate change. As a freelance reporter, she has covered land rights and environmental issues impacting Indigenous peoples and local communities in Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala and Indonesia. Her work has been featured in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, New Scientist, Live Science, Grist and others.


Multimedia Manager, Mongabay-Indonesia
akhyaree [at]
Arry has experience in managing websites and coordinating social media aspect of sites that he founded since 2008. Professionally Arry has worked as a banker, an NGO activist, and an officer. He felt called to do something to save the environment in Indonesia, making the situation more public through online and social media. Now, he lives with his family in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia.


Data Analyst, Mongabay-Indonesia
akita [at]
Akita is Mongabay-Indonesia’s data and research analyst. She was formerly a student leader and an activist in Malaysia, working closely with the government and private institutions to support Indonesian students. She is passionate about social issues, travel, and mother nature.


Program Officer, Mongabay
alana [at]
Alana has over a decade of experience in journalism, technical writing, and nonprofit communications. She holds a degree in Environmental Journalism with a concentration in environmental science from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. Before to joining Mongabay, Alana was an independent consultant and led strategic communications and community engagement efforts for both nonprofits and government agencies. Alana’s interests include natural history, animals, hiking, cooking and traveling.

Senior Marketing Associate, Mongabay
alejandro [at]
Alejandro is passionate about finding creative solutions to reach diverse audiences to protect the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems and people. When not working, Alejandro spends his time photographing wildlife and educating others about the art through his blog, APC Wildlife Photography. He holds an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management from the University of Oxford and an Hons. BA in Spanish & Portuguese Literature from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Mongabay, Alejandro worked at Ottawa Riverkeeper, the European Commission, and the University of Toronto.

Investigative Reporter and Researcher, Mongabay
alexshaw [at]
Alex Shaw is an investigative reporter based in London.




Managing Editor, Mongabay-Latam
alexa [at]
Alexa is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience in political and environmental research. She has extensive experience in production and management of audiovisual content. Before joining Mongabay, she produced and wrote stories for the TV show AmbienTV, an environmental broadcast in Peru with nationwide reach. She also contributed travel supplement articles for El Comercio, an important newspaper in Peru. She is knowledgeable on environmental issues like value chains in forests and the management of protected areas.

English Editor – Latin America, Mongabay
alexandra [at]
Working in environmental journalism for over a decade, Alex has worked for print, online, and broadcasting media, as well as international organisations on four continents. Alex has a background in environmental science and international journalism and is based in London.


Brazil English Editor, Mongabay
santi [at]
Journalist since 1999, based in Brazil. Co-author of three books. Deputy Editor of The Intercept Brasil for four years, including the Vaza Jato period.



Graphics Editor, Mongabay
andres [at]
Andrés is a skilled graphic designer with an academic background in marine ecology. Before joining Mongabay. Early in his career Andrés worked in the context of artisanal fisheries throughout the Mesoamerican Reef. Here he focused on the development of highly participatory management tools and corresponding communication campaigns targeting a wide array of stakeholders demanding diverse media outputs. Most recently, as graphics and data officer in the IPCC, Andrés has supported numerous scientists from around the world in the production of climate change – related schematics, maps, and other data-driven graphics.

Senior Contributing Editor, Mongabay-Latam
antonio [at]

Antonio is a Colombian journalist with more than seven years of experience in matters of public order and the environment. Before joining Mongabay, he worked for the print and digital version of one of the most important magazines in his country. One of his main interests is to highlight the importance of social and environmental issues in Colombia after more than 50 years of internal war.

Senior Staff Writer, Mongabay-India
arathi [at]
Arathi is an India-based journalist with over two decades of experience in reporting and editing. She writes extensively on climate change, energy transition, ecological issues, biodiversity crises and man-animal conflicts to name a few.


Staff Features Writer, Mongabay-Africa
ashoka [at]

Ashoka is a writer and videojournalist based in Brooklyn, NY. He’s covered the environment and human rights for nearly a decade, primarily in West Africa, Mexico, and Central America. His work has been published in NPR, The Guardian, and The Nation, among others, and he’s been a producer on documentaries aired by Vice and Netflix. Ashoka has also worked on staff at the American Civil Liberties Union as well as Human Rights Watch, and was an investigative researcher with an extractive industry watchdog organization in Liberia.

Staff Reporter – Indigenous News Desk, Mongabay-Latam
astrid [at]
Astrid is a Mexican reporter who writes and learns about Indigenous peoples, environment, human rights, and victims of violence. Reportera mexicana que escribe y aprende sobre pueblos Indígenas, medio ambiente, derechos humanos y personas víctimas de violencia.


Senior Staff Writer – Indonesia, Mongabay
basten [at]
Basten is a staff writer at Mongabay, facilitating reporting between Mongabay-Indonesia and Mongabay’s English news.  A Jakarta-based writer with a passionate interest in wildlife conservation, marine protection, renewable energy efforts, and Indigenous peoples empowerment.


Foundation Relations Assistant – Mongabay
Beverley [at]
Beverley graduated from Yale-NUS College with a degree in Environmental Studies, focusing on climate justice and decolonial studies. Hailing from Singapore, she is particularly interested in climate interventions in Southeast Asia. Beverley has a background in nonprofits, climate philanthropy, and youth movements. She was a part of the inaugural cohort of Future Rising Fellows at Girl Rising and co-founded GreenCheck, a youth-led nonprofit that redirects resources to community-led climate action groups in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Newswire Editor – Mongabay
Bobby [at]
Bobby has been an environmental journalist since completing her master’s degree in Geography. Before joining Mongabay she worked for the public radio program Living on Earth, serving as the managing producer and co-host of the show. Bobby has reported from nearly a dozen countries including Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar and Senegal. She currently lives in the mountains of Costa Rica and when she’s not working she loves to listen to her favorite podcasts while going for a hike in the forest.

Staff Writer – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
Carolyn [at]
Carolyn Cowan is an environmental reporter and staff writer for Mongabay based in Southeast Asia. Follow her on Twitter @CarolynCowan11 or at her website



Africa French Editor, Mongabay-Africa
Christophe [at]
Christophe Assogba has over 20 years of experience working in journalism, science journalism and Communication. He started his career as a print journalist, held numerous positions of responsibility in the media of his country before moved onto various journalism and communication roles by coordinating several training projects in scientific journalism in West and Central Africa. He worked several years for SciDev.Net 2011 about science issues (agriculture, environment, climate change, biodiversity, health, technology etc.) in Benin and the wider West Africa region. He is also the president of the Association des Journalistes et Communicateurs Scientifiques du Benin and the West Africa Forum of Science Journalists and Communicators.

Digital Outreach Editor, Mongabay-Latam
dalia [at]
Dalia is a journalist with years of experience in visual production and social media strategy for editorial content, special projects, and events. Before joining Mongabay, she worked for the most important news magazine in her country, especially after it transitioned to digital. Making sure content reaches bigger audiences is her goal, as well as increasing the influence and transformation it can generate.

Investigations Editor, Mongabay
daniel [at]
Dan is a London-based journalist who has spent most of his career in Asia writing about environmental issues, land conflict, corruption, natural resources and corporate malfeasance. He has worked on investigations for a number of non-profit organizations such as Global Witness, and joined Mongabay in 2019 to oversee our cross-border investigative reporting programs.

Africa Program Manager, Mongabay-Africa
david.akana [at]
David, originally from Cameroon, has master’s degrees in Mass Communications with a focus on digital journalism and in Business and International Relations. David began his journalistic career in his homeland of Cameroon as a writer for The Post Newspaper before transitioning to broadcasting. He then worked for Radio Reine, Radio Environment, and the Cameroon Radio Television Corporation while freelancing for Reuters and RFI. Over the past ten years, David has been actively involved in driving innovative environmental journalism initiatives and reporting projects in the Congo Basin. He played a significant role as the managing editor of InfoCongo, the Congo Basin’s first geojournalism platform, and currently serves as a member of the UN Ocean Decade’s Strategic Communications Group, an Advisory Committee Member for the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Journalism Fund, and an Editorial Committee Member for Our Planet on Earth.

Director of Partnerships, Mongabay
dave [at]
David helps manage fundraising and outreach at Mongabay. David has unique job experience: He has lived and worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon, worked as a territory sales manager at Runa and found great success as a grassroots fundraiser. He is inspired by nature and loves to share his passion for the natural world with everyone he meets! David holds a Master’s Degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University and Bachelor’s Degree in Globalization and Socioeconomics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Editor – Education Program, Mongabay
david.brown [at]
David Brown is a biologist and environmental educator. He has researched giraffe population genetics, and along with his colleagues discovered that many of the giraffe subspecies in the wild may be distinct species. David has written for National Geographic Kids, Highlights, and  He co-edits Mongabay Kids, the section of for young readers.


Contributing Editor, Mongabay-Latam
david.tarazona [at]
David Tarazona is a Colombian investigative journalist. He covers environmental crimes and deforestation at Mongabay Latam as a contributing editor. Before, he was an investigative reporter and editor at Cuestión Pública, a news outlet he co-founded with Diana Salinas and Claudia Báez. He investigated the #ParadisePapers in Colombia at Connectas and has done collaborative stories with OCCRP. He worked at Noticias Uno-NTC Television. He also investigated the social impacts of European Investment Bank loans in Africa. These stories were published in La Marea and other European media. In The Netherlands he did an internship in the magazine In addition, he has been a university professor. David has a master’s degree in Communications with a specialization in data journalism from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He has covered corruption and environmental crimes including illegal fishing, illegal mining and the oil industry negative impacts on Indigenous communities.

Editor – Sri Lanka, Mongabay
dilrukshi [at]
Dilrukshi Handunnetti is a multiple-award winning Sri Lankan journalist and a lawyer by training. Dilrukshi has extensive experience as an investigative journalist, her core strength, and counts over two decades in mainstream journalism. She writes on an array on topics and considers herself a reporter at heart. She is the Co-Convener of South Asian Women in Media- Sri Lanka Chapter and a gender focal point for the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in the Asia Pacific region. Dilrukshi has worked across South Asia, reporting, researching, training and supporting media solidarity initiatives.

Fellowship Spanish Editor, Mongabay-Latam
dora [at]
Dora Montero is a journalist based in Colombia. For more than 25 years, she has covered judicial, political and public order issues and specialised in investigative journalism . Many of her reports are related to the war that has been going on in her country for more than 50 years, corruption and conflicts over land and power. She has worked in various newspapers, magazine, digital and television media in his country and collaborated with El País of Spain and The Washington Post. She has participated in several cross-border collaborative research projects, and she has also conceived and coordinated Tierra de Resistentes (Land of Resistance).

She is a three-time winner of the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award, and has received awards for excellence in journalism from the SIP, Fetisov and the Gabo Prize. Founding member of Consejo de Redacción, an organisation that promotes investigative journalism in Colombia. University teacher and workshop leader in subjects related to investigative journalism, audiovisual and digital narratives.

Senior Staff Writer – Ocean Desk, Mongabay
elizabeth [at]
Elizabeth is an American journalist currently based in Belgium. She spent three years working as a staff writer at The Dodo, and four years as a freelance environmental journalist, her work appearing in publications such as Earth Island Journal, Sierra, Alternatives Journal, Resurgence & Ecologist and Wild. She is a creator of EarthVoice, a podcast series about people working on the frontlines of animal rescue and conservation. She has a PhD in creative writing from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Central Africa Staff Writer, Mongabay-Africa
elodie [at]
Elodie is a multimédia journalist with more than 10 years experience. She has provided coverage on several beats at once, including on the environment, the extractive industry and human rights violations. For her, traveling to report and decoding politics behind natural resources is fascinating. Elodie has worked with AFP in Paris, BBC in DRC and Reuters in Dakar.

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Impact Editor, Mongabay
erik [at]
Erik manages Mongabay’s agroecology, agroforestry and conservation solutions coverage in addition to ensuring the global team’s reporting achieves meaningful and measurable impacts. He’s worked as an environmental journalist since 2005, writing for The Guardian, National Geographic News Watch, Sierra, OnEarth, Earth Island Journal, Yale Environment 360, Grist, Ecowatch, and World Ark, among others. He previously served as a columnist and Outreach Coordinator for Orion magazine.

Staff Writer – Brazil, Mongabay
fernanda [at]
Fernanda Wenzel is an investigative reporter based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. A former Pulitzer Center fellow, she had investigated issues like the land grabbing in the Amazon, the beef and the gold supply chains and violations to Indigenous and Quilombolas rights. Wenzel’s stories have been published by Brazilian and international outlets like CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Folha de São Paulo and Intercept Brasil.

Features Writer – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
gerry [at]
Gerald “Gerry” Flynn has been based in Southeast Asia for more than six years, reporting largely from Cambodia on the intersection between human rights, ecosystems and natural resource governance. He was a Rainforest Investigations Network fellow with the Pulitzer Center between 2022 and 2023 where he investigated illegal logging networks across Cambodia, with a focus on the Cardamom Mountains.


Editor-at-large, Mongabay
glenn [at]
Glenn is a journalist and editor whose writing about the environment has appeared on,,,, and in more than 150 U.S. newspapers. He has worked as a researcher and speechwriter for TV journalist Bill Moyers, and co-founded Blue Ridge Press in 2007, a nationally syndicated environmental commentary service published in 550 of the nation’s newspapers which has reached more than 90 million readers.

Managing Editor, Mongabay-India
gopi [at]
S. Gopikrishna Warrier (Gopi) is an environment journalist with years of experience in communication in Asia and Africa. Before joining Mongabay, he wrote environment stories for publications such as the India Climate Dialogue, Nature India, The Hindu, Frontline, Times of India, etc. He has been a media trainer and handled communication for international agricultural research organisations such as ICRISAT and the Africa Rice Center. He has earlier worked with The Hindu Business Line newspaper and Down to Earth magazine, and also a few national environmental NGOs.

Video Production Coordinator, Mongabay-India
hagen [at]
Hagen Desa is an audio/video practitioner from Goa, India. His practice in multimedia productions spans over 8 years in several grassroots media organizations, civil society organizations and Film production houses. He strives to create content that questions existing paradigms and creates a culture of critical thinking. His current obsessions are delving into cyberpunk culture and extended hours at rapid chess.


Senior Staff Writer – Indonesia, Mongabay
hans [at]
Born in Indonesia, Hans Nicholas Jong is a Jakarta-based environmental journalist. Before joining Mongabay in 2017, Hans worked for The Jakarta Post for five years. Having covered a wide range of issues, from election to economy, Hans found his passion in covering the environment. Being surrounded with people who spent their lives protecting the environment has fueled Hans’ interests and desires to write about the complexities of environmental issues in Indonesia and other countries.

Senior Copy Editor L2, Mongabay
hayat [at]
Hayat is a journalist with eight years of experience across newsroom functions in Indonesia. He has written extensively about science, the environment, health, education and politics, and led award-winning editorial coverage at the Jakarta Globe. He is also a published literary translator, with a passion for Indonesian culture and wildlife.


Multimedia Producer, Mongabay-Indonesia
hidayaturohman [at] 
Hidayat grew up and lives in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia. He was very amazed by the beautiful nature all around his neighborhood. Hidayat graduated from Yogyakarta’s Institute of Indonesian Art (ISI). Currently, he is starting to express himself through the field of design visualization, and continues to add new technique in related to graphic design skills. In his free time, photography and fine arts are his hobbies.

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Managing Editor – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
isabel [at]
Currently based in Egypt, Isabel began her career as a researcher, news reporter and travel writer in Southeast Asia. Before joining Mongabay in 2016, Isabel spent five years writing about the economy, the environment and social justice issues in the Middle East.


Staff Features Writer, Mongabay
john [at]
John is an American journalist currently based in Gaza City. Before that, he lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. He has written for New Scientist,, Yale Environment 360 and Bicycle Times, as well as other publications. John first wrote for Mongabay as a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz in 2008, became a correspondent in 2014 and joined the site’s team full time in October 2016. Always eager to find local perspectives on global stories, he has reported from Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Peru and Rwanda.

Video Production Coordinator, Mongabay
juan [at]
Juan is a Multimedia Journalist with work experience in over 30 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He has lived in London, Berlin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh, and Togo. Currently, he is based in Seville, Spain. Along his professional career, Juan has produced diverse multimedia formats, including reports, documentaries, and social media content for a wide range of organizations such as Deutsche Welle, AFP, El País, or France 5. In these projects, he has functioned in a variety of positions, ranging from producer and director of photography to video editor. Additionally, he has worked in the humanitarian sector for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. On the academic side, he holds a BA in Media Studies from Universidad Complutense and a Master’s in Anthropological Research from UNED University. Juan is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Video Producer, Mongabay
julia [at]
Julia Lemos Lima is a Brazilian journalist and documentary filmmaker with a wide range of experience from broadcast television to online platforms both in Brazil and in the UK. Julia has worked for TV Globo, the largest TV network in Latin America, and has directed a series for VH1/Viacom Brasil. She completed a Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at Goldsmiths College in London in 2016 and ever since has been involved in several news and documentary productions as a researcher, producer, editor, and director. Julia has received commissions from international media outlets such as BBC Reel and institutions like University College London and The Open University. She has been awarded a One World Media production grant. Her films have been screened at the London Feminist Film Festival and Rio Film Festival. One of her latest productions – a short documentary about the environmental group Extinction Rebellion – was awarded Bronze at EVCOM Clarion Awards (UK) in 2020. Julia is fluent in Portuguese, English and French.

Fellowship & Multimedia Editor, Mongabay-Africa
juliette [at]
Juliette has over a decade of experience in journalism and lived in France, the United Kingdom, Ivory Coast, Togo, Spain and Canada. She holds a BA in Politics (Nottingham Trent University) and a dual Master’s degrees in Journalism and Politics (Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille, Sciences Po Lille). She has gained versatile experience in a variety of formats as a reporter, writer, videojournalist, producer or director (TV5 Monde, Arte, France 2, TF1, Mediapart, Libération). As an editor and team manager, she piloted “”Le Journal Afrique”” and “”Les Maternelles d’Afrique”” on TV5 Monde, as well as “”Made in Africa”” on RTI1 (Elephant Africa) TV programs before joining BBC News in London for its digital African programs. She has also taken on the role of trainer, aiming to build a global network of highly skilled journalists that are always looking for impactful stories.

Fellowship Editor, Mongabay
karen [at]
Karen is a New Mexico-based journalist, editor, and producer with more than 20 years of experience reporting on environment, food, health, and human rights. She lived and worked for many years in Southeast Asia and has led media trainings around the world. She was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, as well as a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, the International Center for Journalists, and others. She is a co-producer of the documentary film Eternal Harvest and an author of four books. She loves running, hiking, cycling, gardening, camping—and everything about the outdoors.

Features Writer, Mongabay
karla [at]
Karla Mendes is an award-winning Brazilian journalist working as a correspondent for international outlets since 2015 and in the last two years she specialised in covering environmental, land and property rights issues. Before joining Mongabay, she worked as a land and property rights correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Prior to that, Karla was a business reporter for over 10 years in Rio, Madrid, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte, including with newspapers O Globo, O Estado de S. Paulo, Expansión and news agency S&P Global Market Intelligence. Karla has a Master in Investigative and Data Journalism from the University of King’s College, Canada, and an MBA in finance from São Paulo’s Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA). She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Senior Digital Editor, Mongabay-India
kartik [at]
Kartik Chandramouli is a multimedia journalist and producer based in Mumbai, India. He manages audio, video, graphics, and other multimedia projects for the India bureau. His interest lies in communicating complex environmental problems and solutions through visual stories. He has worked in the design and films department in digital advertising and has no recollection of what he studied in engineering.

Senior Editor, Mongabay-India
kundan [at]
Kundan is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience. In his career, he has been writing on energy transition, environment, agriculture, land rights, tribes and natural resources. He has worked for several media outlets like Down To Earth, The Times of India and The Pioneer. In journalism, traveling to new world to report and decoding politics behind natural resources fascinates him.

Editor – Indigenous News, Mongabay
latoya [at]
Latoya Abulu is an editor and writer for Mongabay covering Indigenous news, nature-based solutions to climate change and stories about high conservation value ecosystems. Her work has been featured in The Diplomat, Asia Times, Japan Times, Earth Island, The Ecologist and others.


Operations Coordinator, Mongabay
lemae [at]
Lemae is passionate about all things relevant to social justice and climate change. She has worked across a range of sectors including climate change, international development and emergency services. Prior to this role, Lemae worked at the University of Melbourne in their flagship program the Wattle Fellowship for students to become leaders in sustainability. She has also completed internships with ACFID and with the New Colombo Plan in India, facilitated by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Lemae has a strong commitment to learning having completed her MA in International Development at Monash University.

Staff Writer, Mongabay
liz [at]
Liz Kimbrough is a journalist based in New Orleans, LA.  She has studied and written about science and environmental issue for over a decade. Liz holds a BS in Botany from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tulane University, where she studied the microbiomes of trees.  Liz has been a contributor to Mongabay since 2012.


Video Manager, Mongabay
lucia [at]
Lucia is a Spanish science and environmental journalist based in Madrid. From her beginnings as an organisms and ecosystems biologist, she has over three years of experience in science communication. She has worked with different formats such as editorial, radio and television, but her passion is to work in multimedia journalism and documentary filmmaking.


Youth Outreach Officer, Mongabay-Indonesia
lusia.tyas [at]
Lusia is a journalist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She started writing for Mongabay Indonesia as a contributor in 2016, covering the capital city, Jakarta, its greater areas. And joined her current role as Youth Outreach Officer of Mongabay Indonesia in June 2023. She has long been passionate about environmental issues, including the climate crisis, Indigenous peoples empowerment, and deforestation. She has been involved in several collaborative investigative projects and received a number of reporting grants, including from Internews Earth Journalism Network in 2019 and Rainforest Journalism Fund in 2021.

Operations Manager, Mongabay
maichue [at]
Maichue manages and supports daily operations while interfacing with project leads to track, adjust, and improve workflows to maintain synchronization between systems and the project’s goals. Lead functions, priorities, and workflows including directly and indirectly overseeing HR administration, employee relations, and organizational planning. Aside from her work, she is actively engaged and passionate about volunteer programs within higher education and learning new recipes. Her motto is: practice self-healing.

Staff Writer, Mongabay-Africa
malavika [at]
Malavika Vyawahare is an award-winning environmental journalist who shuttles between the concrete jungle of Delhi and the lush forests of Madagascar. A Columbia J-School alum, Malavika has worked with The New York Times and Hindustan Times in Delhi.


Assistant Editor, Mongabay-India
manish [at]
Manish has over seven years of experience in mainstream media with noted media houses. He started his career as reporter with electronic media in 2012 and switched to print later. After working with severe newspapers like DB Post, Dainik Bhaskar, Dainik Jagran and Haribhoomi, he took to freelancing in 2019, during which he worked with noted media houses like First Post, Down to Earth, Zenger, Ozy, Nav Bharat Times, India Spend, 101 Reporters etc. Hailing from an agricultural family, he feels close to nature and wrote about environmental degradation in Madhya Pradesh extensively in these years.

Content Production Manager, Mongabay
maria [at]
Maria Angeles lives in Spain. She started translating for Mongabay in 2013 after finishing her postgraduate studies. She became a member of staff in 2015. After a few years offering support and guidance in the development of different programs, including Mongabay’s translation and internship programs, she is now overseeing Mongabay’s production hub to maintain and elevate the quality of Mongabay’s increasing volume of publications. Before joining the team, she worked as a freelance translator and volunteered her time translating for different non-profits. She wants to contribute to make the world a better place to live in with her work.

Program Director, Mongabay-Latam
mariaisabel.torres [at]
Maria Isabel lives in Peru and is the Project Manager at Mongabay Latam. She has been an investigative journalist in politics and economics for mainstream and online media for 10 years. She has worked for the public sector and was part of the team who has organized the COP 20 in Lima. She specializes in environmental issues such as climate change negotiations and illegal mining in the rainforest.

Researcher – Solutions Desk, Mongabay
marina [at]
Marina is an environmental researcher and reporter from Brazil. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a master’s in Environmental Sciences. Her passion for journalism has led her to work with media organizations to boost scientific reporting and transform raw data into accessible content.


Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Mongabay
matthew [at]
A native of Pennsylvania, Matthew is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Eberly College of Business with a degree in Marketing. He also completed much course work at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Fundraising, including certifications in Managing Capital Campaigns and Executive Speaking. Matthew also attended Eckard College’s Leadership Development Institute.

He has held leadership roles for over 25 years in internationally recognized environmental and social justice organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, National Park Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, American Forests, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG National and The ARC of the United States.

With the exception of living 5 years Los Angeles, Matthew has lived most of his adult life in Virginia. He has volunteered for many organizations and served on the Board of Directors for NARAL Virginia and the Shenandoah National Park Trust. Matthew has traveled the world but has a fondness for our national parks, having traveled to well over 100 of them. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast and is an accomplished equestrian but also appreciates camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing. He lives in Virginia’s wine country, with his partner, on their farm called Charming Hill where they raise horses and goats.

Staff Writer – Latin America, Mongabay
max [at]
Max Radwin is a staff writer reporting on social and environmental issues in Latin America. Since 2015, he has reported on the intersection of politics, organized crime and the environment from a dozen countries across Latin America, with bylines in publications like The Washington Post, USA Today and World Politics Review, among others. Working with InSight Crime, he investigated deforestation caused by narco-cattle ranching and illegal mining in Central America. He studied English Language and Literature with a minor in Spanish at the University of Michigan.

Content Coordinator – Latin America, Mongabay-Latam
mayra [at]
Journalist and Communicator from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú with a Master’s degree in Art History and Curatorship. More than 20 years of experience in journalism and strategic communication, both in the public and private sectors. Broad experience in content creation for mass media, public institutions, and private companies.


Editor – Education Program, Mongabay
megan [at]
Megan is an ecologist, illustrator and environmental educator who loves to share the wonder of nature with young people and inspire future conservationists. Megan has been involved in Mongabay’s education initiative since 2020 and joined the staff in 2021. She has a PhD in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior from the University of Minnesota for research on giraffe ecology in Tanzania. Megan lives in Australia with her family, where she enjoys massive trees, noisy birds, hiking, gardening, and learning new things.

Senior Contributing Editor – Ocean Desk, Mongabay-Latam
michelle [at]
Michelle Carrere is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience. For the last 5 years, she has dedicated to developing research projects focused on social conflicted areas of Latin America. Michelle has generated contents for digital and TV media on subjects related to environmental conflicts, armed, migration, criminality, and territorial.


Host & Associate Producer, Mongabay
miked [at]
Mike DiGirolamo is Mongabay’s Audience Engagement Associate. He comes to Mongabay from a background in theatre arts in addition to audio and video editing. He formerly interned with Mongabay in 2015 and has contributed to the Mongabay Newscast helping launch the ‘Mongabay Explores’ series. Find him on Twitter @MikeDiGirolamo and Instagram @midigirolamo.


Senior Editor L2, Mongabay
morgan [at]
Morgan has been writing for Mongabay since 2008 and came on full-time in 2014. Trained in biology, Morgan has taken advantage of every available opportunity to learn more about the world, from working as a fisheries biologist in the South Pacific to evaluating river health in western Montana. Before jumping into journalism, Morgan spent a decade editing scientific manuscripts. Currently, she manages Mongabay’s forests and global palm oil reporting programs.

Content Coordinator Mongabay
nanditha [at]
Nanditha lives in Bangalore and, after writing news stories as an intern in 2019, is now the Content Coordinator at Mongabay. She has experience in leading content teams and writing for various brands and publications and likes exploring different digital content forms. She’s interested in science communication and the intersectionality of social and environmental issues. She’s also interested in observing and pointing out the little things in the natural world.

Multimedia Producer, Mongabay-Indonesia 
nikodw [at]
Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Niko is a passionate graduate from IPB University, where he majored in Forest Resources Conservation and Ecotourism. In addition to his educational background, Niko has a strong interest in multimedia, particularly graphic design and social media. Over the past two years, he has dedicated himself to several companies as a graphic designer and social media specialist, pursuing his passion. Niko aspires to merge his passion for multimedia with his education in nature conservation to create a positive impact. By utilizing his talents, creative mindset, technical skills, and environmental consciousness, he aims to raise awareness, inspire change, and cultivate a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

Accountant, Mongabay
nivetha [at]
Equipped with 5 years of experience of working in diverse financial positions with multiple companies, Nivetha has extensive insight in the field of Accounting with in-depth knowledge in various ERP Modules.


Senior Writer & Editor, Mongabay-Indonesia
jayfajar [at]
Jay has worked for a decade as a journalist for ANTARA the Indonesian news agency, with the last three years he spent as a presidential special staff on climate change. He has a background biology from the University and helped to establish a local nature lovers club. Jay has also worked as a radio reporter. He is currently working in Jakarta and spends weekends with his family in Bandung, West Java.

Senior Editor – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
philip [at]

Philip Jacobson is a senior editor on Mongabay’s Southeast Asia desk, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and a 2023-24 fellow with the inaugural cohort of the Pulitzer Center’s Ocean Reporting Network. Since joining Mongabay in 2015, he has covered a variety of issues pertaining to forests, oceans, mining, plantations, and wildlife, especially in Indonesia. His latest investigation uncovered a massive illegal shark finning operation across the fleet of a major Chinese tuna fishing company; the article prompted the U.S. Treasury Department to issue sanctions against the firm, its owner and all of its vessels, and preceded a ban on the use of certain types of shark fishing gear in much of the Pacific Ocean.

From 2017 to 2018, he co-authored the “Indonesia for Sale” series, about Indonesian politicians using shell companies as vehicles for selling palm oil plantation permits to major corporations, with colleagues from The Gecko Project; he has also collaborated on in-depth investigations with BBC News, Al Jazeera’s 101 East program, Indonesia’s Tempo magazine, Malaysiakini, the Korean Center for Investigative Journalism, the Environmental Reporting Collective, and more. His stories also include exposés of how Asia Pulp & Paper disguised its ownership of a wood plantation clearing rainforest in violation of its zero-deforestation commitment and how a politician in Borneo gerrymandered his district in order to facilitate land grabbing for palm oil. His work has been recognized by the TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting, SOPA Awards, SEJ Awards, Online Journalism Awards, Fetisov Journalism Awards, and, among others. After being imprisoned in Indonesian Borneo in 2020, he received the Pantau Foundation’s Oktovianus Pogau Award for Courage in Journalism.

Content Coordinator, Mongabay-India
priyanka [at]
Priyanka is a writer and journalist very passionate about the environment, sustainability, travel, and tourism. She is interested in films and TV series, books, art, and photography.


Senior Writer & Editor, Mongabay-Indonesia
rahmadi [at]
Rahmadi has spent his last ten years on working in the field of environmental communication, including gave his service for conservation organisations like BirdLife Indonesia and WARSI. In Mongabay Indonesia, he has responsible for popular science desk, land and forest management. Rahmadi stays in Bogor and enjoys gardening and bird watching.

Senior Editor – Ocean Desk, Mongabay
rebecca [at]
Rebecca joins Mongabay after five years as a freelance journalist reporting on science and environmental issues for a variety of publications. Before that she was senior editor at Natural History magazine. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in botany and literature from the University of Michigan.


Editorial Coordinator, Mongabay-India
renuka [at]
Renuka joined Mongabay as an editorial assistant in December 2021. Her role involves assisting and coordinating with the managing editor and program coordinator of Mongabay India to ensure a smooth workflow and efficient teamwork. She is also working towards her PhD in environmental history and has previously worked as a science journalist, an archivist and a copy editor. In her free time, she loves reading, reviewing and editing books.

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Founder & CEO, Mongabay
rh ett [at]
Rhett founded in 1999 out of his passion for nature and wildlife. For the first ten years of the project, he operated Mongabay on his own, publishing thousands of stories and tens of thousands of photos. In 2012, he launched Mongabay as a non-profit and today serves as editor-in-chief and CEO. Rhett’s writing and photos have been published widely.


Multimedia Producer, Mongabay-Latam
richard [at]
Richard Romero is a Colombian social communicator and journalist. He is interested in writing about the Colombian armed conflict and the environment. His emphasis is audiovisual production and podcast, as well as data journalism. He is currently a multimedia content producer in Mongabay Latam. Winner of the 2019 Barichara Green Film Festival and the 2020 Journalism Excellence Award from the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA).

Program Director, Mongabay-Indonesia
rrsigit [at]
Ridzki serves as Program Manager for Mongabay-Indonesia. He previously served as the Executive Director of Telapak, an alliance of Indonesian NGOs, and Gekko Studio, an audio-visual production house focused on developing environmental media.


Online Community Manager, Mongabay
rohini [at]
Rohini started working in print journalism at the age of 15, and has spent the past decade or so building on those writing and communications skills. Shifting gears into communications, she has worked to develop digital communications and content creation skills with a larger goal to help make a difference in the world, especially in the fight against global warming.

Africa Outreach & Content Coordinator, Mongabay-Africa
roland [at]
A Multi-skilled journalist and creative communication specialist, Roland is enthusiastic about mass communication theories and their fundamental role in understanding, predicting and influencing behavior. Starting off as television anchor for National News, he later worked as journalist for the oldest conservation organization in the world. He has master’s degree in communication and media studies, and two Bachelors degrees. One in the science of journalism and mass communication and the other in the arts of audio-visual media production. Roland firmly believes that all voices should be heard. He is an unwavering supporter of free speech and thinks that all forms of censorship ought to be illegal.

Associate Video Producer & Host, Mongabay
romina [at]
Romi Castagnino is a Peruvian conservation biologist and wildlife photographer based in Australia. She has conducted research in the Amazon Rainforest and tropical montane cloud forests of Peru using camera traps to study carnivore conservation. Driven by her passion for wildlife ecology, she founded Neofelis Films, a video production company focused on science communication, natural history and conservation documentaries. She wants to use filmmaking to raise awareness of pressing issues like the illegal wildlife trade.

Financial Controller, Mongabay
salman [at]
Salman is the Financial Controller for Mongabay. His responsibilities include fiscal oversight, systems evaluation/implementation, and overall operational support. Salman joins Mongabay from Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) where he provided controller level and accounting systems implementation services to a variety of small and mid-sized non-for-profit organizations. Salman graduated with his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and minor in Political Science from Baruch College (CUNY) and has successfully passed all four parts of the Uniform CPA examination. Salman is also fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Creative Director and Producer, Mongabay
samantha [at]
Sam is an Emmy-nominated documentary producer with a background in environmental, science and culture journalism. Her previous work with media brands such as Vox, New York Magazine, and HiddenLight Productions has appeared on premium streaming services including HBO, AppleTV+, and Freeform. Previous work has been recognized by the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, the Emmys, the Webbys, and the Anthem Awards.

Program Manager, Mongabay-India
sandhya [at]
Sandhya lives in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. She has been a freelance science writer since 2013, writing regularly for Indian and international news portals including the BBC, New Scientist, Science Now and The Scientist. She started as an intern with Mongabay in 2013 and began her current role as Program Manager of Monagabay-India in October 2017.


Video Producer, Mongabay
sandy [at]
Sandy has worked as a filmmaker for over a decade focusing mostly on environmental and human rights stories working with various NGOs and media outlets. He is passionate about the natural world and has a background in Zoology and Ecology.


Managing Editor, Mongabay-Indonesia
sapariah.saturi [at]
“Arie” is a senior reporter and editor who has experience working for the mainstream media in Indonesia, including several national publications. She focuses primarily on political, human rights, and economics stories for Mongabay-Indonesia.


Social Media Coordinator, Mongabay-India
saumitra [at]
Saumitra Shinde is a content strategist based in Mumbai, India. Before joining Mongabay, he worked as a freelance writer and content planner in digital marketing. He now wants to use his experience in marketing to create communication strategies for environmental awareness. Apart from that, he enjoys photography, writing, documentaries, films, and football.

Staff Writer, Mongabay-India
simrin [at]
Simrin has been a journalist for 5 years. Before joining Mongabay India, she worked as Principal Correspondent covering the environment for ThePrint. Her stories focus on the science and politics of climate change, national environmental law, as well as the impacts of pollution on humans and nature. Prior to covering environmental issues, she covered the first two waves of the Covid-19 pandemic extensively, and wrote feature stories on a wide range of issues.

Senior Editor, Mongabay-India
shailesh [at]
A journalist since 2007, Shailesh Shrivastava was most recently the Editor of award-winning IndiaSpend, a public interest journalism outfit which uses data to write and syndicate stories in areas like health, education and environment. Prior to that he was the Managing Editor at news agency 101Reporters, where he managed a pan-India network of reporters and national and international publishers. He has worked as an Assistant Editor at International Business Times and anchored desk operations in Bangalore bureaus of Deccan Chronicle, Daily News & Analysis and The New Indian Express. As an editor, Shailesh is keenly interested in development journalism and politics.

Newswire Editor – Mongabay
shreya [at]
Shreya is a writer, editor and podcast producer based in India. She has over a decade of experience covering environment, biodiversity, climate, health, tech and other science stories.


Prospect Research Analyst, Mongabay
shreyansh [at]
Shreyansh is a Prospect Research Analyst at Mongabay. He previously worked as an Associate at TechnoServe, and as an Economic and Sustainability Consultant at Infinite Sum LLC. He is a GWU Economics alumnus with interests ranging from international trade and development, to biodiversity, tigers, and using tariffs to reinforce international environmental standards. In his free time, Shreyansh likes to drink coffee, listen to jazz music, and dream about a world with a zillion elephants frolicking around some of Earth’s greatest wildernesses.

Development Assistant, Mongabay
sonal [at]
Sonal has previously worked with a consultancy, nonprofits and corporates gaining three different perspectives and experiences in the domain of environment which she brings to her role at Mongabay. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environment & Sustainable Development and a Bachelor’s in Sociology. In her free time, she works with civic activists to improve neighborhoods in her city of Mumbai, focusing on issues of waste management, open spaces, parks etc. She is a writer, admires heritage buildings, an avid gardener and occasionally dabbles in watercolors.

Staff Writer – Indigenous News Desk, Mongabay
sonam [at]
Sonam Lama Hyolmo is a Kathmandu-based multimedia journalist writing at the intersection of environment, indigenous rights, climate science, and conservation.



Program Coordinator, Mongabay
suchibrata [at]
Suchibrata did her PhD in Chemistry from Tezpur University, India. After a short postdoc at IIT Bombay, she shifted from research to communication. She has hosted video interviews and podcasts, created content for research videos, and organized multiple workshops. She is familiar with website management and data management. Before Mongabay, she worked at IISER Pune and IndiaBioscience at NCBS Bengaluru.


Managing Editor, Mongabay-Africa
terna [at]
Terna has been a journalist and a radio producer; a bad student and a great editor. He’s been a short order cook and a media trainer, and still occasionally plays as a right-footed left back. He’s worked in defence of people and the environment against Shell in Nigeria, in support of Indigenous rights against hydropower in northern Manitoba, and for biodiversity and community-controlled food systems everywhere. He is suspicious of milk chocolate, acronyms, and words with more than three syllables. He threw his hands up in disgust after Copenhagen, but can’t escape the fact that the question of climate change demands careful answers to all the most urgent challenges facing the world today. He’s lived longest in Canada and Nigeria, but now lives in Cape Town.

Senior Contributing Editor – Mexico, Mongabay-Latam
thelma [at]
Thelma Gómez Durán is a Journalist based in Mexico City. She has specialized herself in the coverage of social and environmental issues, as well as journalistic investigation. Some of her reports can be found in books such as Migraciones vemos… Infancias no sabemos (Migrations we see… We don’t know childhoods) (2008); Entre las cenizas (Among the ashes). Historias de vida en tiempos de muerte (Life stories in times of death) (2012) and Generación ¡Bang! Los nuevos cronistas del narco mexicano (Generation Bang! The new chroniclers of the Mexican narco) (2012). In 2011 she obtained the second place of the Walter Reuter German Prize for Journalism; on two occasions (2012 and 2014) her texts were recognized with the first place of the National Prize for Journalism and Scientific Dissemination. In January 2020, Los Explotadores del Agua (The water exploiters) was published, an investigation that she coordinated and was recognized with the 2020 Javier Valdez Latin American Investigative Journalism Award, in addition to being among the three finalists in the Coverage category of the Gabo 2020 Award.

Research Editor, Mongabay-Latam
vanessa [at]
Journalist and researcher for more than fifteen years. Graduated from the Faculty of Communication Arts and Sciences and from the Master’s Degree in Visual Anthropology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). Expert in environmental issues of the Amazon and indigenous peoples. Winner of two honorable mentions in the SIP Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2020 and 2022. Fellow of the Edward Murrow Program for Journalists of the United States Government, finalist of the Fetisov Awards 2022, Gabo Awards 2021 and the National Journalism Award 2018 and 2019. With work recognized by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).

VP of Programs & Executive Editor, Mongabay
willie [at]
Willie is the Global Program Director for Mongabay where he supports its global news program through the management and implementation of the organization’s portfolio of grant-funded projects. Willie worked previously as the Senior Program Officer for Internews’ Earth Journalism Network where he managed the implementation of EJN’s environmental journalism activities in Asia and led the network’s technology initiatives globally. In this capacity he has trained and collaborated directly with hundreds of journalists to craft in-depth stories and co-create media projects that improve professional skills and amplify the voices of people living closest to environmental hotspots. He started his journalism career at National Geographic Magazine, where he coordinated translation for the magazine’s 32 local language partners. He holds a degree in Geography from Humboldt State University with concentrations in cartography, environmental economics, and Chinese studies.

Portuguese Editor – Brasil, Mongabay
xavier [at]
Xavier is a Brazilian journalist based in São Paulo. He has been reporting social and environmental issues since the late 90s, covering assignments throughout Brazil and in more than 30 countries. He has about 20 books written, focused on subjects like natural resources, sustainability, social development and cultural heritage.


Senior Staff Writer, Mongabay-Latam
yvette [at]
Yvette is a journalist based in Lima, Peru, with more than a decade of experience as an investigative reporter on environmental, science and current affairs. She has worked in printed and online media in Peru and also has written for La Voz de Arizona, in USA, and for La Nacion newspaper, in Costa Rica. She started writing for Mongabay Latam as a contributor and joined the staff in December of 2017.


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