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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.

Outreach Coordinator, 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.


Senior Program Associate, Mongabay
alana [at]
Alana has nearly a decade of experience in journalism, technical writing, and nonprofit communication. She holds a degree in Environmental Journalism with a concentration in environmental science from Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. Prior to joining Mongabay, Alana led the strategic communications and community engagement efforts for a Washington-based nonprofit aimed at local land conservation. Reflective of her lifelong love of nature and enjoyment of learning, Alana’s interests include natural history, animal behavior, hiking, and traveling.

Multimedia Content Producer, Mongabay-Latam
alejandra [at]
Alejandra is a chilean journalist dedicated to tell stories about wildlife and our relationship with it through podcasts and videos. Focused on creating content for social media.


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.


Contributing 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.

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.


Staff Features Writer, Mongabay
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, 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.


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



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.


Director of Partnerships, Mongabay
david [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.

Africa Editor – French, Mongabay
desire [at]
Desire Nimubona is a Burundian journalist with more than 15 years as a reporter but also as an editor. He worked for various media outlets, mostly for stations and online outlets. He worked in Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Somalia, Senegal, Yemen and other African countries. He holds two university degrees, American literature “Licence” (4years according to Burundi education former system) and a masters for advanced studies in journalism. Desire Nimubona is a lover of the nature as he also likes to gathers news from Malawi, DR Congo, Burundi and Kenya that he published on a local website that he is co-founder. He likes hiking, traveling, reading novels and short stories. He is married and father of 3 (2 boys and 1 girl).

Contributing 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.

Staff Writer, 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.

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Editor & Content Strategist, Mongabay
erik [at]
Erik manages several reporting beats as well as growth marketing at Mongabay. 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, World Ark, and Orion, among others. He also served as Outreach Coordinator for Orion magazine and cofounded Co-op Power, a member-owned renewable energy cooperative serving New England.


Contributing Editor – Forests, Mongabay
genevieve [at]
Genevieve Belmaker is an award-winning journalist and travel guidebook author from New York City currently based in Jerusalem, Israel. She spent more than 10 years as a reporter and editor in New York City and has covered assignments in the Middle East, Central America, and throughout the US. Her articles and photographs have been published by the Epoch Times,, MediaShift, Images and Voices of Hope, Quill (the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists), The Poynter Institute, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, and others. She is an experienced features, analysis, and investigative reporter who regularly reports on breaking news, crime and criminal justice, gun violence, disaster recovery, the journalism industry and travel. She is a native of Washington State, where she grew up learning to love forests and trees and the deeply profound impact that they have on all of us.

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.

India 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, 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 Content 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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Contributing 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.

Contributing Editor – Brazil, 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.

Digital Content 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.


Staff Writer – Indigenous News Reporter, Mongabay
laurel [at]
Laurel Sutherland began her journalism career in 2018.  Prior to joining Mongabay, she worked for the Stabroek News, one of the leading print and digital news agencies in Guyana. She has provided news coverage on several beats at once, including on the environment, the extractive industry and Indigenous Peoples. She also has experience in data research, entrepreneurship, business management; and volunteered with the Pan Amazon Ecclesial Network.

Contributing 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.



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 Production Coordinator, 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.


Contributing Editor – Hindi, 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.


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 loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. Her motto is: practice self-healing.

Staff Writer – Africa, Mongabay
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.



India Staff Writer – Clean Energy, Mongabay-India
manishkumar [at]
Manish Kumar is a Bhubaneswar-based journalist with 10 years of media experience. He graduated from Manipal University (Karnataka) worked in reputed English dailies like Times of India, Deccan Herald and also contributed to several leading national digital news portals like 101 Reporters, Wire, Firspost, Ozy and others.


Content Coordinator – Hindi, 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.

Program and Translation Specialist, Mongabay
maria [at]
Maria Angeles lives in Spain. She started translating for Mongabay in 2013 after finishing her postgraduate studies. She is now helping the team offering support and guidance in the development of different programs, including Mongabay’s translation and internship programs. 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 Manager, 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.


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.


Contributing Editor – India, Mongabay-India
mayank [at]
Mayank Aggarwal lives in Delhi, India. He has been a journalist since 2005 and writes extensively on forests, wildlife, water, climate change and renewable power. He has worked for several media outlets like The Statesman, DNA, IANS (a newswire) and MINT. He has closely tracked every government move to weaken environment laws. In love with nature, he believes environmental reporting is deeply connected to politics and business. Motto: Let’s talk about environment.

Contributing Editor, 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.


Audience Engagement Associate, 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, 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.

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.


Contributing Editor
philip [at]
Philip Jacobson is a contributing editor at Mongabay, focused primarily on Indonesia. His work has been recognized by the SEJ Awards, the Fetisov Journalism Awards and He hails from Chicago and is fluent in Indonesian.



India 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.


Bookkeeper, Mongabay
rajesh [at]
Having more than 18 years of experience in the field of accounts /finance/admin. Expertise in designing and implementing systems to achieve financial discipline and improve the overall efficiency of the organization.A Bcom, EMBA(HR), M.Com academically. Managing project budget & utilization, payroll processing, EPF handling, settlement of advances, pre-qualification check for engagement of partner NGO, managing donors financial reports, tax deduction & submission, administration of support staff & premise, etc. Rajesh also loves to watch & play cricket, listen to old Hindi songs, reading financial articles and driving.

Contributing Editor, 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.


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Founder & CEO, Mongabay
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.


Program Manager, 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.



Associate Digital Editor, 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.

Contributing Editor – India, Mongabay-India
sahana [at]
Sahana lives in Kolkata in east India. She jumped ship from microbiology to journalism in 2012. She has worked with leading Indian newswire IANS and has also written for SciDev. Net. With a love for all things green, she dreams of bridging the gap between scientists and the media and open up a Science Cafe someday. Passionate about science content creation and marketing. Advocates gender equality. Science diplomacy. Science in Remote areas.

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.

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.


Senior Writer & 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.



Staff Writer – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
sheryl [at]
Sheryl is a multimedia journalist based in Singapore. She covers Southeast Asia for Mongabay and has reported extensively on science, business, environment and politics across news organizations including The Associated Press, Bloomberg and The Straits Times in Singapore and Hong Kong. She has degrees in Accountancy and Business Analytics from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.


Contributing Editor – Africa, Mongabay
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.

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.

Global Program Director, 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.

Brazilian Portuguese Editor, 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.



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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