STAFF

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

 

 

ABHISHYANT KIDANGOOR
Staff Writer and Video Producer, Mongabay
abhishyant [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

ABU SIDDIQUE
Contributing Editor – Bangladesh, Mongabay
siddique [at] mongabay.com
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.

ADITI TANDON
Production Editor, Mongabay-India
aditi [at] mongabay.com
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.

AKHYARI HANANTO (ARRY)
Outreach Coordinator, Mongabay-Indonesia
akhyaree [at] mongabay.co.id
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.

 

AKITA ARUM VERSELITA
Data Analyst, Mongabay-Indonesia
akita [at] mongabay.co.id
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.

 

ALANA LINDEROTH
Senior Program Associate, Mongabay
alana [at] mongabay.com
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.

ALEJANDRO PRESCOTT-CORNEJO
Marketing Associate, Mongabay
alejandro [at] mongabay.com
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.

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ALEXA VÉLEZ ZUAZO 
Managing Editor, Mongabay-Latam
alexa [at] mongabay.com
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.

ALEXANDRA POPESCU 
English Editor – Latin America, Mongabay
alexandra [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

 

ALEXANDRE DE SANTI
Brazil English Editor, Mongabay
santi [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

 

ANDRÉS ALEGRÍA
Graphics Specialist, Mongabay
andres [at] mongabay.com
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.

ANTONIO JOSÉ PAZ CARDONA
Contributing Editor, Mongabay-Latam
antonio [at] mongabay.com

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.

ARATHI MENON
Senior Staff Writer, Mongabay-India
arathi [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

ASHOKA MUKPO
Staff Features Writer, Mongabay
ashoka [at] mongabay.com

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.

ASTRID ARELLANO
Staff Reporter, Mongabay-Latam
astrid [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

BASTEN GOKKON
Senior Staff Writer – Indonesia, Mongabay
basten [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

BEVERLEY CHOO
Foundation Relations Assistant – Mongabay
Beverley [at] mongabay.com
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.

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

 

DALIA MEDINA
Digital Outreach Editor, Mongabay-Latam
dalia [at] mongabay.com
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.

DANIEL PYE
Investigations Editor, Mongabay
daniel [at] mongabay.com
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.

DAVID AKANA
Africa Program Manager, Mongabay
david.akana [at] mongabay.com
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.

DAVE MARTIN
Director of Partnerships, Mongabay
dave [at] mongabay.com
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.

DAVID BROWN
Editor – Education Program, Mongabay
david.brown [at] mongabay.com
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 Mongabay.com.  He co-edits Mongabay Kids, the section of Mongabay.com for young readers.

 

DAVID TARAZONA
Latam Editor, Mongabay-Latam
david.tarazona [at] mongabay.com
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 OneWorld.nl. 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.

DILRUKSHI HANDUNNETTI 
Editor – Sri Lanka, Mongabay
dilrukshi [at] mongabay.com
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.

DORA MONTERO 
Fellowship Spanish Editor, Mongabay-Latam
dora [at] mongabay.com
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.

ELIZABETH CLAIRE ALBERTS 
Senior Staff Writer, Mongabay
elizabeth [at] mongabay.com
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.

ELODIE TOTO
Central Africa Staff Writer, Mongabay
elodie [at] mongabay.com
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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Editor & Content Strategist, Mongabay
erik [at] mongabay.com
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.

GERALD FLYNN
Features Writer – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
gerry [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

GLENN SCHERER
Editor-at-large, Mongabay
glenn [at] mongabay.com
Glenn is a journalist and editor whose writing about the environment has appeared on ScientificAmerican.com, Salon.com, Grist.org, DailyClimate.org, 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.

S. GOPIKRISHNA WARRIER
Managing Editor, Mongabay-India
gopi [at] mongabay.com
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.

HAGEN DESA
Video Production Coordinator, Mongabay-India
hagen [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

HANS NICHOLAS JONG
Senior Staff Writer – Indonesia, Mongabay
hans [at] mongabay.com
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.

HAYAT INDRIYANTO
Senior Copy Editor L2, Mongabay
hayat [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

HIDAYATUROHMAN M. SURI 
Multimedia Content Producer, Mongabay-Indonesia
hidayaturohman [at] mongabay.co.id 
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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ISABEL ESTERMAN
Managing Editor – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
isabel [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

JOHN CANNON
Staff Features Writer, Mongabay
john [at] mongabay.com
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, Slate.com, 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.

JULIA LEMOS LIMA
Video Production Coordinator, Mongabay
julia [at] mongabay.com
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.

KAREN COATES
Fellowship Editor, Mongabay
karen [at] mongabay.com
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.

KARLA MENDES
Features Writer, Mongabay
karla [at] mongabay.com
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.

KARTIK CHANDRAMOULI
Digital Content Editor, Mongabay-India
kartik [at] mongabay.com
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.

KUNDAN PANDEY
Contributing Editor, Mongabay-India
kundan [at] mongabay.com
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.

LATOYA ABULU
Editor – Indigenous News, Mongabay
latoya [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

LIZ KIMBROUGH
Staff Writer, Mongabay
liz [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

LUCIA TORRES
Digital Editor, Mongabay
lucia [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

LUSIA ARUMINGTYAS
Youth Outreach Officer, Mongabay-Indonesia
lusia [at] mongabay.com
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.

MAICHUE KHANG
Operations Manager, Mongabay
maichue [at] mongabay.com
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.

MALAVIKA VYAWAHARE
Staff Writer – Africa, Mongabay
malavika [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

MANISH MISHRA
Assistant Editor – Hindi, Mongabay-India
manish [at] mongabay.com
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.

MARÍA ÁNGELES SALAZAR
Content Production Manager, Mongabay
maria [at] mongabay.com
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.

MARIA ISABEL TORRES
Program Manager, Mongabay-Latam
mariaisabel.torres [at] mongabay.com
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.

MATTHEW BOYER
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Mongabay
matthew [at] mongabay.com
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.

MAX RADWIN
Staff Writer – Latin America, Mongabay
max [at] mongabay.com
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.

MAYRA CASTILLO
Content Coordinator – Latin America, Mongabay-Latam
mayra [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

MEGAN STRAUSS
Editor – Education Program, Mongabay
megan [at] mongabay.com
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.

MICHELLE CARRERE 
Contributing Editor, Mongabay-Latam
michelle [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

MIKE DIGIROLAMO 
Audience Engagement Associate, Mongabay
miked [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

MORGAN ERICKSON-DAVIS
Senior Editor L2, Mongabay
morgan [at] mongabay.com
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.

NANDITHA CHANDRAPRAKASH
Content Coordinator Mongabay
nanditha [at] mongabay.com
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.

NIKO DWI WICAKSANA
Multimedia Outreach Officer, Mongabay-Indonesia 
nikodw [at] mongabay.com
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.

NIVETHA MUTHUMANI
Accountant, Mongabay
 
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.

 

NUR ROCHMANI FAJAR (JAY)
Senior Writer & Editor, Mongabay-Indonesia
jayfajar [at] mongabay.co.id
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.

PHILIP JACOBSON
Senior Editor – Southeast Asia, Mongabay
philip [at] mongabay.com
Since joining Mongabay in 2015, Philip has covered a variety of issues pertaining to forests, land use, natural resources, biodiversity, wildlife trade, oceans and fisheries, especially in Indonesia. His latest investigation exposed a massive illegal shark finning operation across the fleet of a major Chinese tuna company, which prompted U.S. sanctions against the firm. Other of his stories have revealed how the Asia Pulp & Paper conglomerate disguised its ownership of a company clearing rainforest in violation of its zero-deforestation policy, how a politician in Borneo gerrymandered his district in order to facilitate land-grabbing for palm oil, and how Indonesian politicians used shell companies as vehicles for selling plantation permits to large corporations.

Over the past several years, his work has been recognized by the SOPA Awards, SEJ Awards, Fetisov Journalism Awards, Online Journalism Awards, and Longform.org, among others. After being imprisoned in the Indonesian city of Palangkaraya in 2020, he received the Pantau Foundation’s Oktovianus Pogau Award for Courage in Journalism.

PRIYANKA SHANKAR
Content Coordinator, Mongabay-India
priyanka [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

RAHMADI RAHMAD
Senior Writer & Editor, Mongabay-Indonesia
rahmadi [at] mongabay.co.id
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.

REBECCA KESSLER
Senior Editor L2, Mongabay
rebecca [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

RENUKA KULKARNI
Editorial Coordinator, Mongabay-India
renuka [at] mongabay.com
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.

rhett butler mongabayRHETT A. BUTLER
Founder & CEO, Mongabay
rh ett [at] mongabay.com
Rhett founded Mongabay.com 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.

 

RICHARD ROMERO
Multimedia Content Producer, Mongabay-Latam
richard [at] mongabay.com
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).

RIDZKI SIGIT
Program Manager, Mongabay-Indonesia
rrsigit [at] mongabay.co.id
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.

 

ROHINI ALAMGIR
Online Community Manager, Mongabay
rohini [at] mongabay.co.id
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.

ROMINA CASTAGNINO
Associate Digital Editor & Host, Mongabay
romina [at] mongabay.com
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.

SALMAN GHANI
Financial Controller, Mongabay
 
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.

SANDHYA SEKAR
Program Manager, Mongabay-India
sandhya [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

SANDY WATT
Video Producer, Mongabay
sandy [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

SAPARIAH SATURI
Senior Writer & Editor, Mongabay-Indonesia
sapariah.saturi [at] mongabay.co.id
“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.

 

SAUMITRA SHINDE
Social Media Coordinator, Mongabay-India
saumitra [at] mongabay.com
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.

SIMRIN SIRUR
Staff Writer, Mongabay-India
simrin [at] mongabay.com
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.

SHAILESH  SHRIVASTAVA
Contributing Editor, Hindi, Mongabay-India
shailesh [at] mongabay.com
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.

SHREYANSH BUDHIA
Prospect Research Analyst, Mongabay
shreyansh [at] mongabay.com
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.

SONAL ALVARES
Development Assistant, Mongabay
sonal [at] mongabay.com
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.

SUCHIBRATA BORAH
Program Coordinator, Mongabay
suchibrata [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

TERNA GYUSE
Managing Editor – Africa, Mongabay
terna [at] mongabay.com
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.

THELMA GÓMEZ
Contributing Editor – Mexico, Mongabay-Latam
thelma [at] mongabay.com
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.

VANESSA ROMO
Research Editor, Mongabay-Latam
vanessa [at] mongabay.com
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).

WILLIE SHUBERT
Global Program Director, Mongabay
willie [at] mongabay.com
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.

XAVIER BARTABURU
Portuguese Editor – Brasil, Mongabay
xavier [at] mongabay.com
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.

 

YVETTE SIERRA PRAELI
Staff Writer, Mongabay-Latam
yvette [at] mongabay.com
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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