STAFF

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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.

 

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Contributing 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.

BASTEN GOKKON
Staff Writer, 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.

 

DAVE MARTIN
Development Officer, 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.

EDDIE ROQUETA
Video Manager, Mongabay
eddie [at] mongabay.com
Eddie Roqueta is an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker with a passion for telling stories about wildlife conservation and environmental issues. He has a BSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. His work has screened to great acclaim at numerous wildlife and environmental film festivals. Through various National Geographic grant projects, Roqueta has had the opportunity to film unique animal species and stories about complex wildlife problems around the world.

 

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Editor and 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.

 

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GENEVIEVE BELMAKER
Contributing Editor – Forests, Mongabay
genevieve [at] mongabay.com
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, CNSNews.com, 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.

 

GLENN SCHERER
Contributing Editor, 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.

 

HANS NICHOLAS JONG
Staff Writer, Mongabay.com
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, 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.

 

 

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Contributing 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.

 

 

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JOAQUÍN ORTIZ RIVAROLA
Contributing Editor, Mongabay-Latam
joaquin[at] mongabay.com
Joaquín lives in Lima and is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience, especially in digital media. He has worked in the Communications Unit of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA), in a peruvian TV channel, in print magazines and newspapers, as well as at the online edition of El Comercio, the most important newspaper of Peru, where he wrote articles, prepared  multimedia reports and led special coverage of various topics.

 

JOHN CANNON
Staff 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.

 

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MAICHUE KHANG
Operations Coordinator, Mongabay
maichue [at] mongabay.com
Maichue supports Mongabay’s Operations Manager in the management of the nonprofit’s Human Resource and Grant Management systems. Currently she is also working for Hamline University as a Programming Coordinator while pursuing her Master of Nonprofit Management degree.

 

 

MARÍA ÁNGELES SALAZAR
Translation Coordinator, Mongabay
translation [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 as the Translation Coordinator. Apart from her work for Mongabay, she works part-time as a translator and interpreter. Before joining the team, she worked as an English teacher 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.

 

MIKE GAWORECKI
Staff Writer and Editor, Mongabay
mikeg [at] mongabay.com
Mike Gaworecki is a journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. He has covered environmental science, forests, and climate issues for over a decade. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Pacific Standard, BillMoyers.com, Alternet, Treehugger, and more. Mike started writing for Mongabay as a contributor on forests in 2014 and joined the staff in September 2015.

 

 

MILTON ANTONIO LÓPEZ TARABOCHIA
Staff Writer, Mongabay-Latam
milton [at] mongabay.com
Periodista especializado en temas medioambientales, conflictos sociales y derechos humanos. Trabajó en el diario La República, en la agencia de noticias Servindi.org, en el portal de investigación Convoca.pe y participó en la investigación del documental sobre minería en los andes del Perú, El Muqui dice, del Fondo Italo-Peruano. Ganador del premio Etecom 2013 de la Fundación Telefónica con su crónica 20 monedas de oro sobre la prostitución en el Perú. Fue nominado al Premio Nacional de Periodismo del Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) junto al equipo de Convoca por la investigación “Excesos sin castigo: el rastro ambiental de las industrias extractivas”. Milton también se dedica a la literatura, sus poemas han sido publicados en diferentes webs literarias, también escribe cuentos y guiones para cine o teatro.

 

MORGAN ERICKSON-DAVIS
Contributing Editor, 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 eight years editing scientific manuscripts. Currently, she manages Mongabay’s forests and global palm oil reporting programs.

 

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
Contributing Editor – Indonesia, Mongabay
philip [at] mongabay.com
Philip Jacobson is a Jakarta-based journalist who has lived in Yogyakarta, Banda Aceh and the capital, reporting mainly on environmental issues, conflict over land and natural resources and all things Indonesia. He is also a media trainer with experience in forestry reporting workshops. In his spare time he likes to explore out-of-the-way places in the region, by motorcycle if possible.

 

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
Contributing Editor, 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.

 

RHETT A. BUTLER
Founder & CEO, Mongabay
rhettbutler [at] mongabay.com
Rhett is the Founder and CEO of Mongabay.org. Rhett launched the nonprofit Mongabay.org in 2012 after 13 years of running Mongabay.com, a news site which he started out of his passion for nature and wildlife. He continues to serve as President and Managing Editor of Mongabay.com.

 

 

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.

 

 

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ROMINA CASTAGNINO
Bilingual Writer, Mongabay
romina [at] mongabay.com
Romina Castagnino is a geographer and travel & nature photographer. Romina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography & Environmental Studies from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and next year will move to Australia to pursue a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Queensland. Her main area of interest is wildlife and forest conservation and she has done research in both northeast and southeast Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Romina loves to spend her free time traveling, playing sports and working on ‘BioWasi’ -an environmental and travel website she co-founded and launched this year to share her love for nature and passion for exploring the world. Romina’s goal is to become a conservation leader in Peru and protect wildlife through research and conservation.

 

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.

 

 

SHREYA DASGUPTA
Staff Writer, Mongabay
shreya [at] mongabay.com
Shreya lives in Bangalore, India. She has worked as a freelance science writer for two years, and her writing has appeared in BBC Earth, Smithsonian.com, Ensia, New Scientist, The Guardian blog, and others. Shreya started writing for Mongabay in 2013. She was first an intern, and then a news writing fellow and correspondent. She joined the Mongabay team in September 2015.

 

TIFFANY ROUFS
Operations Manager, Mongabay
tiffany [at] mongabay.com
Tiffany manages Mongabay’s logistical operations and human resources functions. Before her current role, Tiffany founded the internship program at Mongabay back in 2011 and managed the organization’s first reporting program. Before joining the team Tiffany worked as a Recruitment Director at Teach For America for five years.

 

 

ZUZANA BURIVALOVA
Conservation Effectiveness Research Lead, Mongabay
Zuzana is a tropical forest ecologist and conservation scientist, working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Princeton University. She looks for ways to protect biodiversity in tropical forests and feels privileged to have worked in the tropical forests of Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, and Borneo.

 

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