👥 Community: Collaborators, Interns & Citizen Scientists


EwA is a community of collaborators, contributors, citizen scientists, and partners who are absolutely essential to our organization. All our generous volunteers help EwA shape its content –reviewing it, editing it, supplying their conservation & wildlife experiences, and expertise as naturalists, volunteers, travelers, scientists, practitioners, or leaders. We are also very thankful to our growing community of citizen scientists who contribute their skills and study & record important ecological data, and co-lead field events.

We are thankful to count on such great people, who give their time, expertise, and experience so as to inspire and raise the standards of nature conservation and wildlife welfare practices.

To our EwA community ▹ Thank You!


Matt Gage and Joe Martinez | Herpetologists
EwA science collaborators (United States)

“We must realize we are stakeholders in wildlife and habitat management. Engagement prevents us from both the mismanagement of and detachment from these precious resources.” –Matt

“In this current state of declining numbers of species and populations, supporting efforts to preserve and even expand the number of species and populations is essential. A world that’s not teeming with amphibians and reptiles would be a sad world indeed.” –Joe

About Joe & Matt: Local conservation & outreach, frogs & salamanders, citizen science... ➔

Joe and Matt are both herpetologists at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Both share with us their love and enthusiasm for reptiles and amphibians.

We met Joe in the context of a Citizen Science program at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, where he and a group of citizen scientists monitor a little vernal pool and its inhabitants. We really enjoyed his protocol and appreciated the care that Joe takes to minimize our impact on those habitats. As for Matt, we were familiar with his 2011 survey of the amphibians of the Fells. As it happens, Matt was Joe's mentee a few years back, and are now colleagues at the Museum.

When learning that the Middlesex Fells Reservation hosts some 110 vernal pools, half of which not yet certified, we realized that certifying the candidate pools could be a great base for a community-based science program. We proposed a collaboration to Matt and Joe focused on raising awareness about wetland habitats, documenting them scientifically for the purpose of certifying them so that they gain added State protection.

Here we are today running this project together! With Joe and Matt, we are blessed to gain genuine herpetology expert knowledge every time we get out in the field. We just love it!


Jennifer Clifford | Plant pathologist (Ph.D.)
EwA organization collaborator & participatory science program Leader (United States)

“A colleague told me of Earthwise Aware. I joined the group on one of the nature outings in the Fells and was immediately drawn to the people and the mission. Being outside makes me happy and I enjoy being a part of this group.

Just as important, participating in the phenology and arthropod surveys as a citizen scientist allows me to contribute to the collection of data that will inform larger research questions. This is a great way to increase our understanding of biodiversity, which, in turn, will inform the decisions we make on policy on how we conserve and protect species, especially in the face of a changing climate.”

About Jennifer: Plant pathology, phenology, pollinators, urban forest and citizen science... ➔

Jennifer is trained in animal science and plant biology and holds a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm that we deeply value and make use of.  We also are so appreciative of the time that Jennifer spends to monitor a few of our phenology sites in our favorite urban forest, the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

“Being a naturalist has been part of my identity for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I loved being in the forest, and was allowed to wander through the woods untethered. My parents had a fondness for the natural world, and I became more interested in birds, plants, and wildflowers through walks in the woods with my grandmother." — Jennifer

Together with Jennifer, we investigate the wildlife of our woods and cities and learn a ton doing it. Let's add that none of us look at a spot on a leaf the same way then we did before Jennifer joined us—and we love that we don't!

Jennifer's EwA Biodiversity Records


Lawrence Millman | Mycologist & Author
EwA science collaborator (United States)

You can remove all the birds and still have a forest, but if you remove all the fungi, the forest will die.

I can think of no one who’s doing better work on behalf of the beleaguered natural world than Claire O’Neill.  Her excellent non-profit organization EwA deserves international attention.”

About Larry: Fascinating fungi, travel writing, natural history and systems... ➔

Lawrence (aka Larry) Millman has written 18 books, almost all of which focus in some way on the natural world. He has spent a considerable time in the Arctic and Subarctic among Inuit, Innu, and Cree elders who have a devout relationship with the land but whose offspring have a devout relationship only with their computers and televisions.

Larry is a mycologist who has documented fungi on quite a few walks with EwA. What he especially likes about these walks is that they’re genuinely contextual — i.e., they focus on the connections between different organisms rather than looking at a particular species of plant, bird, insect, or fungus in a vacuum. To quote John Muir: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” (...) 'Claire O’Neill, whom I think of as a contemporary update of John Muir, could have made that statement herself!'–Lawrence Millman

Larry's EwA's articles


Kathy McGlathery | School educator & Naturalist
EwA organization collaborator & participatory science program Leader (United States)

“One of EwA’s mottos is “Nature Conservation as a Way of Life.” I believe in that. I am an amateur naturalist, and at EwA, I have met like-minded curious naturalists, with the mission to collect biodiversity evidence for national data platforms. It is empowering to contribute to databases that researchers in climate and biodiversity can use in their research. I also love EwA’s mission to educate members of the local communities about the nature that surrounds them. EwA gives them the knowledge and tools to notice it and study it, and to do that in a way that is respectful to nature. Nature and biodiversity become part of what we notice and care for every day.

About Kathy: Phenology, interconnectedness, complexity, changes, and citizen science... ➔

Kathy is a keen naturalist and an incredible phenology leader! She shares generously and patiently with the team her knowledge and attention to detail. We are so lucky to have Kathy leading the EwA Fells' Long Pond phenology study and coaching our new citizen scientists and interns.

“I am fascinated by the endless intricate ways that flora and fauna depend upon each other and find unique niches to fill, by the interconnectedness of their life cycles, and by how they respond to times of plenty or time of stress. Our biodiversity is stunning, it is complicated, and it is changing. There is so much that scientists do not understand. By recognizing ecosystems’ delicacy and complexity, we can contribute to the protection of our biodiversity and climate." — Kathy

Together with Kathy, we listen, observe, discuss, and record the many activities going around one of our favorite permanent ponds. We also challenge our perception of what we see, remaining humble as we witness and learn.

Kathy's EwA Biodiversity Records


Mike McGlathery | Environmental advocate & Naturalist
EwA editorial collaborator & internship leader (United States)

“The more time I have worked as part of Earthwise Aware’s community, the more intuitively I have felt my connection to the environment around me and the effects my actions have on our ecosystems and the larger global system. This organization is doing important work to confront the environmental crisis that many among us so deeply fear.

About Mike: Forests, pools, ecology, ecosystems, ecocentrism and environmental ethics... ➔

Mike McGlathery is an editorial collaborator and field leader for Earthwise Aware. Mike has had a broad range of academic interests over the course of his life, from ecology and chemistry to philosophy and American literature, and eventually graduated with a B.A. in English from Harvard University in 2017. He attended EwA's citizen science field sessions early summer in 2019, and quickly started to contribute new ideas to EwA's content and programs.

Mike grew up in northeastern Massachusetts, and the ecosystems of the Boston area have offered a place of solitude, peace, and wonder for him throughout his life. He has found priceless companionship in the hills, ponds, fields, beaches, marshes, vernal pools, and forests of Massachusetts and the broader New England area.

Mike is excited to advocate with us for the thoughtful and ethical stewardship of Nature. He believes that one can engage with ecological ethics anywhere, at any moment, and is passionate about promoting and reestablishing this way of thinking in the United States and beyond.

We are thrilled to have Mike with us helping to anchor and deepen EwA's ecological and ethics guides, as well as collaborating in our various programs!

Mike's EwA Articles | Weekly Wild Facts | Biodiversity Records |


Joe MacIndewar | Environmental advocate & Naturalist
EwA citizen scientist & Fells’ field leader (United States)

“With ballooning human population levels, species are slipping away at extinction rates 1000 times the ‘natural’ rate due to human activities. The time is now to act and try to instill changes in perception and promote awareness before we reach some sort of global tipping point that the planet’s biodiversity, and possibly we ourselves, may not recover.

By promoting awareness and education regarding the issues negatively affecting the natural world, as well as teaching ways to be better stewards of this planet, EwA is doing its part to try and reshape people’s current thoughts and perceptions of conservation and overall sustainability. To be a part of that mindset is important.”

About Joe: Outdoors, woodlands, citizen science, camera trapping, spotting... ➔

We met Joe at the 2018 City Nature Challenge event that we run at the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Right away we knew that we had found a Nature friend—a person who discovers, shares about and learns from Nature every time possible— a true naturalist.

Joe is curious, humble, marvels quietly at the beauty and sophistication of Nature, and shares generously his knowledge of the local fauna and flora. Joe also enjoys wildlife camera trapping. He started this activity both for his own enjoyment, and to get his daughter involved and excited to get outdoors. Over the years, he has learned so much about the habits of the animals captured in these photos. Some of his records have even been in a mammal tracking survey of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, as well as became evidence for the presence of mammals that were never documented in that location.

Another thing about Joe: he spots quickly! And that is a great asset when we lead biodiversity events! Since we started our Biobliss series at the Fells (part of EwA's citizen science program), Joe rarely missed one, as well as joined our side data collections expeditions. So, naturally, we thought that it would be great to count Joe as a formal EwA citizen scientist. Done deal! (and we're so happy about it!)

Joe's EwA Biodiversity Records


Lisa DiRocco | Environmental advocate & Naturalist
EwA citizen scientist & field leader (United States)

“I am mostly involved with Habitat Fragmentation initiatives with EwA, but value all the EwA Citizen Science work that is done. Being part of this community allows me to give back to the Fells, as well as to learn in the process. It is a lot of fun to participate with so many like-minded nature enthusiasts.”

About Lisa: A love of the outdoors, forest health mapping, habitat fragmentation, biopollution... ➔

Lisa is a retired market researcher who loves to hike. Being outdoors and in nature has so many benefits for both body and mind. She lives very close to the Middlesex Fells Reservation and spends a lot of time on the trails.

"I think the Middlesex Fells are a treasure, like our national parks, and need to be preserved for all to enjoy now and in the future. If we all do a little bit now, it can make a big difference."

Lisa joined to learn about what she sees in the woods. She joined EwA’s team in 2020, and it did not take long before she took a lead role in helping map the health of the forest focusing on bio-pollution and habitat fragmentation.

Lisa's EwA Biodiversity Records |


Bill MacIndewar | Science teacher & Naturalist
EwA citizen scientist & Fells’ field leader (United States)

“As a Science teacher, I am passionate about helping students develop the knowledge and confidence to take on an active role in the world. Education is key to empowering the next generation, and EwA’s role in attracting, educating, and retaining citizen scientists is something that I truly appreciate and support.”

About Bill: Nature, youth, knowledge, education, science & empowerment... ➔

Bill has been with us ever since his brother Joe invited him to join one of our field sessions in 2018. Together, we marvel, discover, document and monitor EwA's biodiversity study sites in the Middlesex Fells Reservation (a.k.a. the Fells).

Bill is a tranquil force and an efficient and enthusiastic presence in our team. Wandering in the Fells, where we run 75% of our citizen science programs and enjoying the moment (and the work) is becoming our Fells team's specialty and pleasure: we regularly spend hours all together without realizing that 3-4 hours just flew by!

Bill has always loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time with his brother Joe exploring and learning about the world of nature. Bill earned a BA in Biology from Colby College in Waterville, ME, and a Masters in Science Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA. He has been a Science teacher at Parker Middle School in Reading (Massachusetts) for 30 years and continues to love working with young people and watching them learn and grow.

Bill's EwA Biodiversity Records


Yvonne Liu-Constant | Early childhood teacher educator & Naturalist
EwA citizen scientist & field leader (United States)

“The environmental educator David Sobel stated, “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” As an educator, I believe it is urgent to teach children to love nature, respect biodiversity, and understand that we are interconnected with all beings.”

About Yvonne: The healing power of nature, arthropod, phenology, early childhood education... ➔

Yvonne teaches early childhood education at Lesley University in Cambridge MA. She is the founder, and a leader for Math Play, a group of playful, curious, and motivated educators, gathering here and in real life to study how to make math more playful and play more mathful.

"When I signed up for EwA participatory science program, I expected it to increase my knowledge of local flora and fauna, and be good for my profession as a teacher educator of STEM in early childhood. The joy of making new friends and the healing energy of visiting the woods weekly turned out to be the saving grace during the pandemic for me. Nature is truly good for the soul."

Yvonne joined the Fells' team in August 2020. She started by contributing to the arthropod survey and quickly found her naturalist call with the phenology survey team. Ever since Yvonne has been out there on a weekly basis documenting the seasonal changes in the fauna and flora around the Long Pond. We're lucky to have such a diligent observer on board!

Yvonne's EwA Biodiversity Records


Tom Dempsey | Environmental advocate & Naturalist
EwA citizen scientist & field leader (United States)

“It is humanity’s responsibility and purpose to care for the Earth and all living things (…) At EwA, my efforts, even if small, are connected to a larger grid of citizen scientists.”

About Tom: Learning about nature, forest health mapping, habitat fragmentation...... ➔

Tom is a retired teacher who recently moved from the Chicago area. Having grown up in farm country he has always loved the outdoors and learning about nature.  

"After moving from Chicago to Arlington in 2020, I felt a deep sense of loss about leaving behind years of shared outdoor activities, volunteering, and learning about nature with environmentally active friends. I thought I might never replace that experience. One small decision changed all that for me when I decided to join a nature walk with Earthwise Aware in Middlesex Fells. I was hooked by the welcoming, inclusive attitude of Claire O'Neill and the amazing knowledge base her group willingly shared with anyone interested enough to learn. I kept going back, and eventually became a year-round volunteer with EwA.

If you love connecting (with people, beautiful terrain, and the divinity of nature), learning (about biodiversity and habitat impact), sharing a purpose(through citizen science), please find part of your day to join one of the walks with Earthwise Aware. It may open up a new and purposeful way to be part of caring for our local nature areas and our planet!"

Tom joined EwA's habitat fragmentation survey team in 2021. We can truly say that the project would not be as successful without Tom's dedication. It's been incredible to have Tom in the field ground-truthing and documenting the too many user trails of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.


Sara Gardner | Nature-based educator & Naturalist
EwA citizen scientist & field leader (United States)

“We, as humans, are nature. It is so important that we understand the connections and intricacies of our natural environment and our impact on it. Our embodied realization of this connection is essential if we are to solve the climate issues that we are currently facing.”

About Sara: Phenology, nature-based education, urban youth opportunities... ➔

As a child growing up in the rural midwest, Sara spent most of her time outside. "I had a deep love of the natural world and an awareness of some of the harmful agricultural practices that were becoming institutionalized in the '70's. I took this interest into a career in urban, nature-based education. I am passionate about providing opportunities for young people, particularly those growing up in urban environments, to connect with and learn about the natural world. I am on the board of another non-profit Friends of the Boston Schoolyards whose mission is to provide these opportunities for all children in the City of Boston. I also volunteer as a field study guide for Boston students at the Arnold Arboretum."

Sara joined the EwA phenology team in 2020. Quickly, Sara started recording data at every single of EwA's established sites!

"I really love the practice of citizen science. I learn something new every week from being with others and meticulously observing an environment over time. I am fascinated with urban natural environments. From thoughtfully, co-created habitats such as the Fresh Pond Reservation to the hardscrabble nature of the Fells, which continues to thrive despite all of the human impacts. It is empowering to feel that we can have a positive effect on environmental issues through data collection and science, as well as igniting excitement about the natural world in others."

Sara is now our Fresh Pond site leader and a regular phenology surveyor of the Long Pond (Winchester, MA) and Growing Center (Somerville, MA) sites

Sara's EwA Biodiversity Records


Kathleen Shea | Environmental advocate & Naturalist
EwA citizen scientist & field leader (United States)

“There is a lot of energy in the EwA programs. It is the kind of energy that has the right momentum to make a difference, and I want to be part of that.”

About Kathleen: Natural history, moths and butterflies, documenting arthropods... ➔

Insects and plants were a huge part of Kathleen's childhood. Kathleen grew up in the country, and her parents taught her to be kind to nature.

"I've only just started to rekindle the excitement I always had for nature but with a new passion for knowledge and education."

Kathleen joined EwA's arthropod documenters team in 2021. She is a fantastic spotter, a great birder, a lover of lepidopterans (moths and butterflies). It's fun to have Kathleen as part of our community. She genuinely shares her knowledge about and unmatched enthusiasm for natural history. We realized quickly that she would be a great addition to our leader's team too, and so now she is also one of our field leaders.

Kahtleen's EwA Biodiversity Records


Mina Burton | Environmental sciences investigator
EwA GIS consultant (United States)

“I strongly believe in EwA’s values of data transparency, community, and co-creative conservation. I am excited to be part of an organization that refuses to create a hierarchy between scientists and non-scientists and instead recognizes the valuable skill sets and knowledge we all have to offer.”

About Mina: Natural history, ecology, climate change, collaborative science... ➔

Mina graduated from Lesley University in Environmental Studies. She has lived in Massachusetts most of her life and grew up exploring places like the Middlesex Fells and Habitat in Belmont.

Mina’s interest in natural history took root during a New England field studies course at Lesley. This course involved learning about ecology and plant identification at local parks and urban wilds. One of these sites was the Middlesex Fells.

“Seeing the Fells through a naturalistic lens instead of a purely recreational one fundamentally changed my perception of the space. I began to pay attention to places differently, noting not only individual species but also the relationships between these species and their environments and interspecies interactions. Observing and recording these kinds of details over time can show us the effects of climate change on biodiversity and inform how we protect that biodiversity.”

Mina is interested in the ways in which human health, mindset, and behavior inform understandings and treatment of land. She interned with the organization Green Cambridge to compile a history of the Alewife district. This work, which drew heavily from citizen-created histories of the Alewife, affirmed her belief in the power of co-creative science. Mina is highly enthusiastic about EwA’s collaborative scientific approach and has done wonders during her 2020 EwA summer internship focusing on phenology. Since then, Mina joined our organization as a GIS consultant to help with its Fells habitat fragmentation study. One also gets a chance to read Mina's blog about EwA's monthly Fells Forest Exploration walks.

Mina's EwA Articles | Biodiversity Records


Thomas Eid | Environmental advocate & Naturalist
EwA organization advisor & field leader (United States)

“EwA activities that I enjoy the most are developing a better understanding of the biodiversity in our local recreation areas as well as collaborating with like-minded people. The Earthwise Aware team, members, and their links with local and national groups provide an excellent way to share and learn from others.”

About Tom: Geology, forests, minimizing impact, and a love of the outdoors... ➔

Tom immediately joined the EwA team, after attending a Biodiversity hike in early 2020. Tom now co-leads EwA hikes in the Fells that focus on geology and ecology.

His curiosity and enjoyment of the environment began at a young age. Growing up in Northern California, he marveled at the seacoast’s ragged shoreline, the redwood groves’ majestic growth, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains’ boundless peaks. Living in the Boston area, he now enjoys exploring New England's natural wonders.

His care for the environment began with scouting which instilled an ethic for respecting nature, minimizing impact, and non-disruptive observation. With his two favorite merit badges being Nature and Environmental Science, his enthusiasm continues through participating in local community science programs.

Tom earned a B.S. degree in experimental psychology at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and an MBA from Boston University. He spent more than 30 years in the computer software industry and now he advises municipalities and community groups on environmental programs and leading nature walks. In 2021, he published his first book: “53 With a Tree: Family-friendly Hikes in New Hampshire’s Town Forests.”

"Several people recommended that I check out EwA and I am very glad that I did. Now I am able to rekindle my interest to explore and appreciate nature at many levels. This includes finding pleasure and harmony in all kinds of wild things and studying the relationships between people and nature."

Tom's EwA Biodiversity Records


Marcel Gietzmann-Sanders | Machine learning engineer & Nature advocate
EwA technology collaborator (United States)

“Our biosphere is an incredible array of solutions to a mind-blowing set of problems. I’ll never stop being fascinated by it and would rather like it to stay as diverse as it is today!”

“Stewardship starts with connection and data. EwA helps us achieve both.”

About Marcel: Frogs, math, ecosystems, coding, awesome people, citizen science... ➔

Marcel likes to help well-intentioned organizations succeed at the things he loves. When Marcel discovered EwA through one of its Forest Exploration walks and saw how data-oriented EwA is, he immediately wanted to know if we could use his data and engineering skills. Indeed we could and we are!

Marcel joined EwA's participatory science team in late 2021 and has helped at so many levels already from improving the EwA field vernal pool app, to deciphering the application platforms and tools out there, and coming up with new ideas and potential projects for monitoring biodiversity!

Marcel is currently leading the EwA arthropod-plant interaction cross-platforms project – an exciting EwA initiative that besides collecting critical EBVs (essential biodiversity variables) also exposes us to a plethora of new tech problems to solve. With Marcel on board, we know we'll succeed!

Marcel's EwA Biodiversity Records


Kate Danziger | Brandeis University Biology & Environmental Studies student
EwA research intern (United States)

It is so inspiring to see so many people that do not necessarily have an academic background in the biological sciences that are so knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. By being in the field with EwA’s citizen scientists, I have learned so much more about the natural world than I have ever learned by sitting in a classroom.

About Kate: Exploring nature, environmental justice, conservation activism... ➔

Kate was born and raised in Maryland in close proximity to countless hiking and nature trails. As an avid runner, she has always loved to explore new trails and this has inspired her love for nature and being outdoors. However, her passion for conservation did not come until she began pursuing her undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, where she currently continues to explore this passion as a Biology and Environmental Studies double major.

In addition to her love for conservation, Kate is also an aspiring environmental activist and has been a member of several environmental justice movements. She hopes to be able to continue her work in both conservation and activism after college in a career that ideally combines the two.

“Conservation is extremely important because the world is one large, interconnected ecosystem. We depend on our planet for survival and all of our actions have an impact on the global system. We owe it to our planet and all of its inhabitants to learn more about the natural world, increase our awareness of our surroundings, and do everything we can to protect it."

Kate was a 2021 EwA summer intern and decided to come back and do her senior research project in 2022 with us. We're excited to have her digging into the phenology of oaks at one of our sites, to better understand how oaks are responding to climate change in Massachusetts! Read more about Kate's research project > here.

Kate is extremely excited to be working with the EwA community alongside many passionate and curious nature lovers. She also feels strongly about EwA’s mission, as she agrees that it is not only important to protect biodiversity, but also to educate and empower as many people as possible.

Kate's EwA's Research Reports | News Digest | Biodiversity Records


Carolina Pantano | Marine biologist & conservationist
EwA contributor (Argentina)

“Awareness is something that I try to do every day through example. And my aim is to share the idea that small actions of a lot of people can make a huge difference.” 

About Caro: Ocean, conservation, grebes & ovenbirds, wildlife, travel... ➔

Carolina is a marine biologist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Very engaged in conservation biology, she travels worldwide and contributes to projects covering many diverse groups of species including birds, sea turtles, herbivores, etc.

Carolina recently completed her master thesis focused on the diving behavior of marine birds and intends to return to this kind of research sometime in the future. At the moment, she works as a marine mammal observer on seismic vessels. This means spending months at sea observing and enjoying what she loves the most, the ocean.

Caro is a traveler with a restless soul. She hopes to keep moving, traveling, learning, volunteering, and doing everything in her power to help take care of an amazing planet.

Caro's EwA Articles


Denise Spaan | Conservation biologist (Ph.D.)
EwA science collaborator (Mexico)

“Everybody has the capacity to be a conservationist. Small actions such as trying to avoid using straws or reusing plastic bags can make a big difference in the welfare of marine animals. When on holiday, try not to pay to take selfies with wild animals as many are wild-caught and this encourages illegal wildlife trafficking.

Every action, however big or small is helping the environment.”

About Denise: Monkeys, disturbance, wildlife trade, conservation... ➔

When we started working on our apes rules and wildlife etiquette, the first potential collaborator who came to our mind was Denise. Denise is a young biologist and primatologist. When we told Denise about our EwA vision and projects and asked for her expert help, she said yes right away —excited by both the project and the ultimate EwA goal of bridging communities of citizens, conservationists, and scientists. We are truly blessed to count Denise as a friend and collaborator: Denise has an energy and an enthusiasm that we love, and she truly knows her stuff in and out!

Denise is a passionate conservation biologist studying primates & the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on habitat use. We met Denise in NW Ecuador a few years back when she was working at identifying factors affecting occupancy of the brown-headed spider monkey in the region. After leaving Ecuador, she then embarked on a year project years studying the effects of fragment size & shape on slow loris occupancy and the illegal wildlife trade of threatened mammals in SE Asia. Now Denise is back in the Americas where she just completed a Ph.D. focusing on the effects of disturbance on Yucatan spider monkeys at the Universidad Veracruzana.

Oh, and did we mention that Denise is also a 2016 National Geographic Young Explorer!...


Agnese Mancini | Conservation scientist (Ph.D.)
EwA science collaborator (United Kingdom)

  • “Change is needed
  • Change can come from the ground
  • All small actions are important
  • We can all contribute to a more sustainable world
  • We can no longer wait
  • We still have a chance
  • And Now is the time to change”

“If we treat the Earth well, the Earth will nourish and sustain us in return…

About Agnese: Oceans, ecology, animal behavior, conservation, citizen science… ➔

Agnese is a talented and passionate conservation scientist. She has vast work experience addressing important issues related to biodiversity conservation and management.

Agnese helps us and allows us to use her knowledge and expertise as part of our work, as in etiquettes, guides, and recommendations pertaining to marine environments. We know how important Agnese’s work is, and we truly feel privileged to have her support and to count her as a friend!


Samantha Sullivan | Conservation biologist (MD)
EwA contributor (United States)

“Our perception of wildlife needs to change if we are to continue to survive on this planet. We cannot continue to behave as if we are the top species here and we cannot continue to adopt the attitude that no one else matters but us.

We all matter, we are all here to exist, and no one species is here to be categorically disposed of at the hands of another. If we cannot CO-exist, we cannot exist… it is simple.”

About Sam: Big (and small) cats, bears, parrots, coexistence with wildlife... ➔

Sam recently completed a master in Biology with a wildlife conservation focus at the Miami University in partnership with San Diego Zoo Global. Sam’s interest is to work with communities to inspire coexistence with wildlife through education and awareness. She raises individual environmental awareness through Open Space Coalition, a blog committed to bringing an understanding of wildlife, conservation challenges and environmental issues to residents of Los Angeles and beyond.

She is passionate about conservation which we’ve witnessed first hand when we met her in 2015 in the context of a conservation volunteering project in Costa Rica. She has worked with conservation organizations, including the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society in Peru, Ara Project in Costa Rica, and locally with Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, on assessing barriers to create solutions that work toward co-existence between wildlife and communities.

Sam's EwA Articles


We are so appreciative of the support of EwA’s science collaborators who generously share their expertise from Matt Gage & Joe Martinez (US): Herpetology expertise + content (▹ article) | Lawrence Millman (US): Mycology expertise + content (▹ EwA Field Guide to Common Fungi of the Boston Areaarticle ) | Walter Kittredge (US): Botany expertise + Fells’ natural community mapping | Laura Costello (US): content (▹ EwA Guide to the Plants of the Fellsarticles) | Shilpa Sen (US): Wetland ecology expertise + content (▹ articlesEwA Wetlands Rules of ConductEwA Herp Rules of Conduct) | Amy Mertl & Teá Kesting-Handly (US): Entomology expertise | Agnese Mancini (UK): Marine ecology expertise (EwA Reef Rules of Conduct review) | Denise Spaan (Mexico): biodiversity and ecology expertise (EwA Great Apes Rules of Conduct review).

Thanks to our EwA interns (past and present). We love to mentor and learn from our young environmental leaders: Kate Danziger ( Research Internship 2022-2023 / ▹ reports ) | Jakob Drozd  ( 2021-2022 / ▹ Hab-frag project ) | Kayla Padegimas ( Spring 2022 / ▹ newsdigest ) | Yan Xiaochen ( Fall 2021 / ▹ newsdigest ) | Kate Danziger ( Summer 2021 / ▹ newsdigest ) | Olivia Bible ( Summer 2021 / ▹ newsdigest ) | Caitlin Ball ( Spring 2021 / ▹  newsdigest ) | Mina Burton ( Summer 2020 / ▹  articles ) | Lucy Janovitz ( Summer 2020 / ▹ articles ) | Layza Espinal Maldonado ( Spring 2020 ) | Stephanie Schofield ( Spring 2020 / ▹ article ) | Jackson Schilling ( Summer 2019 ) | Sarah Haughney ( Summer 2019 / ▹ article ) | Charlotte Low ( Summer 2019 ) | Xaelel Allen-Caballero ( Spring 2019 / ▹ article ).

A special thanks to our growing community of dedicated citizen scientists in Massachusetts.

  • Biodiversity & Phenology: Jennifer Clifford | Joe Macindewar Kathy McGlathery Bill Macindewar | Sara Gardner | Lisa DiRocco Yvonne Liu-Constant | Kathleen Shea | Mike McGlathery | Daniel Onea | Melissa Imbruglia | Daniel McKanan | Martin Fraser |  Sharon Spivak June Mackenzie Randie Brisson | Rachel Hertzberg | Laura Costello | Christine Tuccelli | Elizabeth Abitbol | Kai Abitbol | Renee Scott | Jeanine Farley | Shilpa Sen
  • Habitat Degradation (Bio-Pollution & Fragmentation)Lisa DiRocco | Jennifer Clifford | Thomas Dempsey | Joe Macindewar | Diana Lomakin | Eileen Mullen | Marina Ilko Ivanova | Syrah McGivern | Anita Brewer-Siljeholm | Jeff Buxbaum
  • Habitat & Ecological Community Documentation: Joe Macindewar | Shilpa Sen

We are thankful for the content (including article contributions) and organization help from Natalia Carbullido (US): Fundraising | Carolina Pantano (Argentina): Content (▹ articles) | Samantha Sullivan (U.S.): Content (▹ articles) | Marie Therese Heggen (Norway): Content (▹ article) | Nathan Van Meter (US): Content (▹ articles) | Anne-Cécile Decoux (France): Content Advisor + Media | Meredith Heather (Content Review) | Joyce Ng (US): Media | Chanda Bahlo (US): Content Editor | Mercedes Delgado (US): Business Advisor | Kathryn Leach (US): Corporate Legal Advisor (EwA Bylaws) | Christiane Dupré (France): Content Advisor | Jon Hodge (US): Content Advisor | Claire Reichstein (Australia): Content | David Kulik (US): Media | Lacey Higgins (US): Media | Kristen Heard (US): Content | Lorraine Roberts  (UK): Media.

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