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Meet the folks at Island Conservation!
Jackie Bates: Philanthropy Specialist

Jackie earned her BS in Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a concentration in Field and Wildlife Biology. While there she participated in various research labs focusing on reptile, mammal, and parasite ecology. Jackie’s strong writing skills supported by her background in science make her a valuable asset to the Philanthropy and Communication Team at IC. In her free time, Jackie loves to bird, botanize, hike, camp, and spend time with her family and friends. She is passionate about organic agriculture and natural foods, and hopes to cultivate a self-sufficient lifestyle in Santa Cruz.


Joe Beek: Chief Operating Officer

Joe has been part of the Island Conservation team since 2007. Joe has over 30 years experience among high growth organizations and in emerging markets. Joe founded a successful electronics manufacturing services provider where he managed all aspects of regional sales, operations, finance, and administration. Prior to running his own business, Joe was at the leading edge of manufacturing outsourcing with Seagate Technology, setting up operations in Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. Joe has served as an executive officer and board member for several electronics manufacturers and has provided management and organizational consulting in sustainable marketplaces such as solar technology, alternative fuels and organic foods. Joe has been active in the non-profit world, organizing a rebuilding project in New Orleans, and with CASA, providing advocacy for foster youth. Joe has an affinity for the conservation of the world’s islands, having sailed and surfed his way around the Pacific Rim. He brings start-up and enterprise growth experience from the commercial realm to Island Conservation.


Lucia Calderon: Volunteer Communications Specialist

Lucia is currently completing a combined BA degree in Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. At school, she works as the Outreach and Media Coordinator for an organization called the Student Environmental Center, managing their website and social media, and as a Resident Assistant, planning engaging sustainability-related programs for apartment residents. As a former docent at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Lucia loves learning about how scientific research and policy affect marine conservation issues. An avid explorer and foodie, she enjoys sea kayaking and backpacking and has traveled to the islands of Maui and Puerto Rico to work on farms and study the islands' food systems. Lucia loves connecting the things she learns at Island Conservation to her studies and hopes to one day start her own non-profit environmental organization.


Karl Campbell: Project Director

Karl has a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. As part of his doctoral work, he developed advanced Judas goat methods involving sterilization, pregnancy termination and hormone therapy, which he applied to increase the effectiveness of Judas goats in large scale campaigns he was managing in the Galapagos Islands. Karl has over fifteen years of island restoration experience and served as field manager of the world’s two largest island restoration projects on Isabela and Santiago Islands. He is experienced in planning, budgeting and implementing large-scale projects and leveraging technology to increase their cost-efficiency. Advanced restoration expertise combined with his management skills make him invaluable in island conservation projects.

Erin Chadwell: Volunteer Communications Specialist

Erin received her BS in Environmental Studies (with a concentration in Sustainability) and BA in Communication from Santa Clara University. While at SCU, she played collegiate tennis, contributed to environmental projects on campus through the Green Club, and helped educate students about the Baja California Sur ecosystem as a Teaching Assistant. Erin loved studying abroad in Australia through the School for International Training program, where she gained further knowledge of tropical environments and sustainability issues across the globe. Following graduation, Erin became an Inside Energy Adviser at SolarCity, where she pursued her interest in renewable energy. After a year of experience in sales, Erin realized she wanted to do something more meaningful and decided to follow her true passion in conservation. Erin also enjoys her part time work as a Bar Method fitness instructor.  

Sally Esposito: Communications Manager

Sally received her BA in Journalism with a minor in Environmental Business Economics from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Sally brings over six years of experience in communications, including brand management, creating key messages, website maintenance, project communications, social media strategy and implementation, volunteer recruitment, and development of multi-platform campaigns. She has extensive experience in collateral production including design and layout, drafting content, and project management. Sally also has her own clothing company, Sally Esposito Designs, consisting of one-of-a-kind, handmade garments. In her free time, Sally enjoy sewing, swimming in warm water,and hanging out with nice dogs. 



Richard Griffiths: Project Director


Richard received a B.Sc. in Physics from Victoria University, a post graduate Diploma in Environmental Science from Canterbury University and an M.Sc. in Ecology from Lincoln University, New Zealand. In the years following, he worked for the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DoC), leading species recovery, island restoration, island biosecurity and pest control, and eradication programs. As leader of the Stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta) recovery program, he spearheaded the species successful reintroduction to the New Zealand mainland after a 120 year absence. He was also extensively involved in the re-establishment of seabird populations on islands and was part of the team that confirmed the existence of the New Zealand storm petrel previously considered extinct. Projects that Richard has managed include the world’s largest Pacific rat removal undertaken on Little Barrier Island and the removal of eight invasive species from Rangitoto and Motutapu islands. As a result of the Rangitoto and Motutapu project, Richard and the DoC won the Parks Forum Environmental Award in 2010. The project’s innovative approach also earned Richard a position as a finalist for the 2010 Kenton Miller Award. As a previous member of DoC’s Island Eradication Advisory Group, with a strong commitment to the conservation of threatened species, Richard brings many years of island restoration knowledge and experience to Island Conservation.

Erin Hagen: Program Manager

Erin earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle. She brings over 10 years of endangered species and conservation experience working on islands throughout the Pacific. Her research has focused on examining ecological and genetic relationships of critically endangered island birds to guide management actions in systems threatened by invasive mammals and plants. Evidence of her work includes collaboration with the Chilean National Park Service in implementing and co-managing Chile’s first habitat restoration program within a National Park – a program that is now in its 8th year. Erin’s experiences living and working on remote, inhabited islands make her an invaluable member in advancing restoration action on islands with permanent human communities.

Tommy Hall: Field Manager

Tommy Hall earned his BS in Biology from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, where he worked on a variety of biology and ecology projects. Traveling with his father in the mountains of California and around the world served as the catalyst for igniting Tommy’s passion for preserving the beauty of natural ecosystems. As an avid outdoorsman, Tommy enjoys fishing, hunting, surfing, and backcountry snowboarding. A skilled photographer, Tommy's photos of native island species and their habitat  play an important role in communicating Island Conservation's mission, and can be seen throughout our website and outreach materials. Tommy's scientific background combined with his advanced skills in the field make him an essential member of Island Conservation's Conservation Operations team. 

Chad Hanson: Program Manager, Implementation

Chad received his BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science at Oregon State University, where his focus on conservation ecology was guided by Bruce Coblentz. In addition to a number of biology-related field jobs, he worked as a wildland firefighter and engine operator in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining Island Conservation, Chad played a predominant role in the world’s largest goat removal on Isabel Island, Galapagos, applying his management and training skills to a team of over 40. To date, Chad has planned and implemented projects worldwide including islands in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, California, South America, and the Caribbean. IC continues to value Chad’s strength and innovation as a project manager.

Jose Luis Herrera-Giraldo: Island Restoration Specialist 

Jose Luis earned a M. S. in Biology from University of Puerto Rico, conducting research with the amphibians and reptiles composition in the ViequesNational Wildlife Refuge at Vieques Island in Puerto Rico. Before joining IC in 2011, Jose was conducting various jobs related with natural resources conservation, including working with Envirosurvey, a local conservation and wildlife organization, conducting forest and wildlife assessments and outreach campaigns promoting conservation practices in partnership with state and federal governmental agencies. For two years he worked with the management of nesting and hatchling of sea turtles and has conducted additional ecological work with amphibian and reptile species as a private consultant or volunteer. From 2009 to 2010, Jose Luis started working on Desecheo Island with the UCSC Conservation Measures Program doing surveys for a single island endemic gecko and assisting the ecosystem restoration project on Desecheo by the removal of rhesus macaques and black rats. In 2011, he started as Island Restoration Specialist, coordinating and assisting various restoration components in islands such as Desecheo, Juan Fernández, Cabritos and Mona.

Nick Holmes: Director of Science

Nick’s career and passion has a significant focus on research program management and conservation ecology. He earned his PhD from the University of Tasmania, Australia, working with the Australian Antarctic Division to develop best practice guidelines for managing human impacts to seabirds in the subantarctic. Prior to Island Conservation, Nick managed the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project at the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii, developing and implementing recovery actions for Newell’s shearwaters, Hawaiian petrels and band-rumped storm-petrels. He brings to Island Conservation more than ten years experience in conservation biology, with research and management expertise in seabirds, population modeling, endangered species recovery, environmental impact assessment, human-wildlife interactions and monitoring programs. This includes a strong focus on island conservation and ecology, including time spent living and working on islands in the subantarctic, Antarctica, Hawaii and Australia. His professional goal is facilitating practical conservation outcomes based on sound science.

Gregg Howald: North America Regional Director

Gregg has been working in the island conservation field for over 19 years, and since 1999 has focused on the restoration of island ecosystems internationally. Gregg serves as Island Conservation's North American Regional Director and his experience and expertise is utilized for many of IC's projects worldwide. Gregg has developed a diverse array of North American partnerships among federal government agencies, private industry, NGO's, research scientists, and local communities. These partnerships have led to the direct implementation or consultation on more than 40 island restoration projects and programs throughout North America - ranging from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to tropical Mexico, and west to Hawaii, the Central Pacific, and Micronesia as well as in South America on the Galapagos Islands. Gregg earned an MS in ecotoxicology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and has assisted the US Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Agriculture, among others with project planning and policy guidance. Together this work established precedent for the successful registration and authorized use of conservation rodenticide products for rodent removals on islands in North and South America.

Wes Jolley: Project Manager

Wes received a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Biology from Utah State University. He has held a variety of scientific jobs including two seasons in rural Alaska. One of the many projects Wes participated involved mist netting of bats. Additionally, Wes is an experienced outdoorsman and trapper.

Bradford Keitt: Director of Conservation

Brad received an MS in Marine Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a Switzer Foundation Conservation Fellow. His thesis work focused on the conservation and ecology of the Baja California endemic Black-vented Shearwater. He has conducted research on all of the Baja Pacific Islands, as well as islands in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, the tropical Pacific, and the Caribbean. Brad has published over 40 scientific articles on seabirds and the conservation of islands and has extensive involvement around policy issues related to the protection of island biodiversity and island ecosystems in the US and Mexico. Brad helped to create the Guadalupe Island Biosphere Reserve, leading to the protection of nearly a half million hectares of marine environment and the 26,000 hectares of terrestrial habitat on Guadalupe Island. Brad helped secure almost $4million US to implement much needed management actions on the “Islas del Pacifico” of Baja California and he also petitioned to declare these islands an official protected area – an action that will protect 11 islands and almost 180,000 hectares of the surrounding marine environment. Brad currently serves as the Director of Conservation at Island Conservation where he oversees the implementation of island restoration projects. In his more than15 years with Island Conservation Brad has participated in the planning and implementation of over 70 eradications of invasive vertebrates from islands.

Olivier Langrand: Director of Global Affairs

Olivier comes to Island Conservation after ten years with Conservation International, where, most recently, he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the Center for Conservation and Government. His division was responsible for public funding, engaging with governments and multi-lateral institutions in environmental policy, and working with indigenous and traditional peoples. In his previous position with Conservation International, Olivier led the Africa and Madagascar divisions. Prior to joining CI, Olivier held similar positions in Africa with World Wildlife Fund. Over the course of his twenty-seven year career, Olivier has developed a wealth of experience and global relationships in support of his lifelong passion and commitment to protecting biodiversity. He brings a unique, global perspective to IC, with a well-deserved reputation of integrity, a deep understanding of complex issues, and a creative approach to solving problems. Olivier received his Masters of Science (MSc) from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is an avid birder (107 countries and counting), an expert on the birds of southwestern Indian Ocean islands, and author and/or co-author of over 100 scientific publications, including three authoritative books on the avifauna of Madagascar, the Comoros, the Mascarenes, and the Seychelles Islands. Olivier will be responsible for IC’s engagement with governments, multi- and bi-lateral institutions, and international conventions in our global efforts to prevent extinction of threatened island species. 

Jennifer Lape: Director, Board Engagement 

Jen has a MS in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a BA in Marine Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has over 8 years of biological research experience specializing in monitoring and understanding community interactions on coral reefs. During her graduate studies, she worked as grant administrator for the Coastal Research Center at University of California, Santa Barbara. Jen’s scientific training and administrative experience enable her to clearly communicate the scientific nature of IC’s work to supporters.

MJ Mazurek: Hawaii Project Manager

MJ brings 13 years of experience in developing and implementing applied conservation research projects in Northwestern California and Micronesia. MJ received a BS in Biology from the University of Central Florida and an MS in Natural Resources Management from Humboldt State University in Arcata California where she studied, amongst many things, bat habitat selection in managed and old-grown redwood forests. Prior to Island Conservation, MJ was the USGS Research Manager with oversight of the Brown Tree Snake research program in Guam, where she worked closely with partners and local communities to advance conservation goals in the region. In addition to a love for surfing and her dog, MJ is passionate about raising awareness about the harmful effects of plastic trash in the marine environment (e.g., single-use plastic bags).

Ray Nias: Southwest Pacific Regional Director

Ray was the Director of Conservation for WWF Australia from 1988 – 2009 and led the development of WWF Australia’s large and growing program of conservation related activities including the management of research, policy development, advocacy, and community outreach programs. He has been actively involved in the international work of WWF for many years; has been Chair of the WWF International Marine Advisory Group; and was instrumental in the establishment of the WWF South Pacific program in 1990 and the WWF Antarctic and Southern Ocean Initiative in 2006. In 2007, Ray worked with an ecotourism company to develop island conservation programs for Sub-Antarctic Islands, specifically on Macquarie Island. Through WWF Australia, Ray has worked with governments, conservation groups and communities throughout the region developing programs, policy campaigns, communications and fund-raising programs in countries including Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia and various countries in Southeast Asia. In 2009, Ray formed TierraMar Consulting with the aim of assisting organizations that work on coastal and marine conservation issues in Australia, South-east Asia and the Pacific. As a consultant Ray specialized in strategic planning and analysis of complex environmental programs, developing funding applications for intergovernmental organizations in the Pacific and writing technical and popular reports on coastal and marine issues. With his scientific and management background, fund-raising experience and knowledge of the Southwest Pacific region, its environments and institutions; Ray is ideally placed to help make Island Conservation a major force for island conservation in the Southwest Pacific region.

Heath Packard: Director of Philanthropy and Communications

Heath earned an MA in Philosophy and Social Policy from American University in Washington, DC, and holds a Bachelor degree double major in Biology and Philosophy from State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Heath brings 15 years of strategic communications, policy, campaign, and government and external relations experience to Island Conservation. Heath has served as: Field Director for the National Wildlife Refuge Association; a groundfish observer in the Bering Sea, AK collecting and reporting fisheries data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries; the WA St. Policy Director for National Audubon Society; and Director of Legislative and External Affairs for the WA St. Dept. of Natural Resources and the independently elected WA St. Commissioner of Public Lands. He has worked on both endangered species and invasive species issues for most of his career, and as a result is an “accidental birder”. When he’s not busy finding new and compelling ways to tell the island conservation story, Heath can be found running, biking, hiking, camping, sailing, writing and playing music, gardening, or winding down the day with good food and drink.
Ursula Patrtarrieu: Island Restoration Specialist

Ursula received her degree in Forestry Engineering from the University of Chile in 2002. Through 12 years of professional experience before joining Island Conservation, she has worked in environmental consulting, as well as for private and government agencies. She brings expertise in environmental compliance, monitoring and managing forest ecosystems, as well as mitigating environmental impacts to aid native ecosystem restoration.In 2010, Ursula began her M.S. in Natural Areas and Conservation at the University of Chile and she is concluding her investigation of plant responses to Chaiten’s most recent volcanic eruption. Ursula began working on Island Conservation on 2012 as Island Restoration Specialist, to assist in many aspects of island restoration in Chile and South America. 

Maddy Pott: Field Manager

Maddy received her AB cum laude in Biology and Romance languages from Bowdoin College. After graduating, she taught English at an engineering school in Nantes, France.  Maddy spent her summers working seasonal field jobs in remote areas of Mexico, Maine, and the Canadian Maritimes.  After deciding to pursue ecology full time, she spent a number of months working in Mauritius to protect the Endangered Pink Pigeon from the threat of invasive species. Maddy’s combined passions for unique species, islands, and foreign languages make her an invaluable component of the Island Conservation team. Maddy loves to get out and observe plants and animals in the wild while camping, hiking, or kayaking. When confined to more urban settings, she enjoys biking, baking, and making a strong cup of tea.   


Carol Schimke: Institutional Gifts Manager

Carol earned her M.A. in International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  She brings expertise in grant development, program and organizational development, and program evaluation developed through work in Central America and Venezuela, as a consultant to non-governmental organizations, and as a founder of a nonprofit agency in Santa Cruz County.  Carol enjoys the story-telling process of grant writing, weaving together evidence-based research, a logical theory of change, and meaningful outcomes into compelling illustrations of an agency’s short and long-term impact. Her efforts have secured grants of all sizes from private and public institutional funders, and have helped build nonprofit-grant maker collaborations that foster the mission-driven change for which each agency strives.  In 2010, Carol was selected as a Fellow for the Leadership Education and Development Institute sponsored by a consortium of foundation including the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation. Carol is bi-lingual in Spanish and enjoys traveling locally and abroad (40 countries to date!), reading historically-based suspense/mystery novels, gardening, creating special memories with her 9 year old daughter and husband, and dark chocolate.


Rory Stansbury: Island Restoration Specialist

Rory spent the last five years working in metal fabrication, sales and hospitality. He brings to Island Conservation varied trade skills including custom metalwork fabrication, general knowledge of electrical/ hydraulic systems and creative problem solving. Rory is also a talented photographer who brings his creative skills into the field to help document the impact of Island Conservation’s work.

Jonathan Steinberg: Human Resources Manager

Jonathan spent over 20 years as an organic farmer on the California coast. After retiring from agriculture, he worked as a consultant to farmers, artists, small business owners and non-profits. Jonathan is a dedicated volunteer for The Ride-A-Wave Foundation (www.rideawave.org), an organization that introduces children with special needs to the world of surfing. Jonathan brings diverse business management experience to Island Conservation. 

Kirsty Swinnerton: Program Manager

Kirsty received her BS in Zoology from the University College of Wales, U.K., and her PhD in Biodiversity Management from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, U. K. She brings more than 20 years of experience in endangered species conservation working on the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues (Indian Ocean), Fiji, and Hawaii (Pacific Ocean). Her expertise includes captive-breeding and reintroduction, invasive species control and removal, and species recovery using hands-on management of wild populations. Her 14 years in Mauritius saw the successful recovery of the Mauritius kestrel, Pink Pigeon and Echo Parakeet from near-extinction to healthy wild populations. Kirsty has worked alongside government officers and non-profits from many different countries, as well as supervising numerous international interns, technicians and graduates in academic and biological fieldwork. Her key interest lies in developing the science to design effective conservation management tools to recover endangered species and reduce biodiversity loss.

Diego Tabilo: Island Restoration Specialist

Diego studied Engineering in Natural Renewable Resources at the University of Chile. He is currently finishing his thesis about the different pathways in private sector activities for exotic species introduction in the Juan Fernández archipelago and the willingness of these enterprises to collaborate in biosecurity. In 2012, Diego was selected as a fellow for the project “How to engage people to take action for biodiversity” at the Do School in Hamburg, Germany. Within this project, he worked with 12 other fellows from around the world with a passion for conservation and met famous primatologist Jane Goodall. Back in Chile, he was chosen as one of the 100 young leaders of 2012 by El Sabado magazine. Diego has also worked in environmental consulting for governmental and private agencies and was a key part of the initiative “Let´s Rescue Juan Fernández” to raise awareness about the island’s biodiversity and main threats. Diego loves working in an international environment, helping to protect species, and exploring creative ways to raise awareness about the value of biodiversity. He enjoys nature, does aerial acrobatics (amateur still!) in trapeze and silk, and loves drinking coffee. 

Bill Waldman: Chief Executive Officer

Bill Waldman was selected as Executive Director of Island Conservation in July, 2008. Prior to joining Island Conservation, Bill had a 30 year career as a non-profit leader, including 23 with The Nature Conservancy. From 1988 through 2005, Bill served as the State Director and Vice-President of the Nature Conservancy in New Mexico. In this capacity he restored financial and operational stability to the organization and led it to significant achievements. Among these were the protection of 1.3 million acres of ecologically significant lands in New Mexico, the negotiation for and acquisition of the 500 square mile Gray Ranch in New Mexico, and successful lobbying for the passage of three state-wide land protection acts. Bill also served The Nature Conservancy by managing complex regional and international initiatives in the Great Plains of North America and in Kenya, and as manager of a newly formed global team charged with supporting the integration of TNC’s 2015 Conservation Goal.

Alex Wegmann: Program Manager

Alex received a BA in Anthropology from Linfield College, and his PhD in Botany from the University of Hawaii. His graduate research at Palmyra Atoll focused on terrestrial ecosystem response to invasive rats. He has over 12 years of experience with conservation projects on Pacific islands, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the Line Islands and Micronesia. His experience with pacific island ecosystems has made Alex a valuable consultant to many government and non-government conservation organizations – the US fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, New Zealand Department of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, Coastal Conservation, and Island Conservation. Alex began working with Island Conservation in 2004 on Palmyra Atoll where he was a critical participant in IC’s successful trial removal, and went on to manage and advise several projects in Micronesia. Alex also worked with Pacific Invasives Initiative to design a web-based resource kit for Pacific Island conservationists. He recently managed the development and implementation of an invasive rat removal project at Palmyra, and is currently leading a program to identify and test alternate, safer rodenticides for conservation projects. Alex is currently working with state, federal, and non-government organizations in Hawaii and Micronesia to advance several important conservation projects.  Alex’s hands-on work, applied global awareness, and expansive research make him an effective Program Manager at IC.

David Will: GIS and Data Management Specialist

David Will received a B.S. in Bioinformatics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During his tenure David worked with the Site Stewardship Program, as part of the Chancellors Undergraduate Internship Program, to restore and maintain the campuses numerous sensitive natural areas. Over the course of the internship he developed an internal-wiki to store mitigation documents, survey data, and maps relevant to campus restoration efforts. David has a strong background in computer science and a keen interest in using computer applications and GIS as a tool to aid conservation and restoration efforts. He is currently developing a database and integrated data collection system for monitoring, analyzing and displaying field data.

Coral Wolf: Grants and Contracts Manager

Coral earned her B.S. at University of Wisconsin - Madison and M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan. Her graduate research on the Juan Fernández Islands focused on the foraging behavior of an endangered, endemic hummingbird, the Juan Fernández Firecrown. Before joining IC in 2013, Coral spent several years working with the Coastal Conservation Action Lab at University of California - Santa Cruz. There, she monitored the impact of invasive vertebrate removal on islands' native and non-native flora and fauna. Coral has conducted research on islands in North and South America, the Caribbean, and Pacific and possesses over 10 years of island ecology and science writing experience. Coral brings to Island Conservation a valuable combination of conservation and scientific writing experience.

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