Karen Beazley is Full Professor at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she has also served as Director and as Academic Program Coordinator since1998.
Before retiring in 2015, Barbara was Executive Editor for Island Press, a nonprofit publisher of books on environmental issues. After graduating from Duke University with a degree in French and receiving an M.A. in Psychology from California State University, she cofounded Island Press in 1978.
Jim Estes is a Research Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Ecological Research Center, based at University of California Santa Cruz’s Center for Ocean Health at Long Marine Laboratory. He is renowned nationally and internationally for his research on the key role of sea otters in kelp forest ecosystems.
Wendy Francis, one of Canada’s senior conservationists, has spent most of her career advocating for wilderness and wildlife. Wendy was the founding Conservation Director for CPAWS in Calgary, Director of Conservation Science for Ontario Nature in Toronto, and Program Director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Now semi-retired, Wendy is the part-time Executive Director of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation.
Diana Hadley is retired from the University of Arizona, where she served as Associate Curator of Ethnohistory and Director of the Arizona State Museum’s Office of Ethnohistorical Research, specializing in the translation and editing of Spanish historical documents. She continues to focus her work on the history of land use and ecological change in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico.
David Johns is a cofounder of Wildlands Network and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and has formerly served as President of both organizations. He is involved in other large-scale conservation projects and has advised conservation non-profits in the Russian Far East, Australia, Europe, southern Africa, and throughout North America.
Steve Olson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife and Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University. Steve joined the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 2000 as Director of Governmental Affairs.
Richard Pritzlaff is President of Biophilia Foundation, whose mission is to advance biodiversity conservation on private lands. Most recently, Biophilia Foundation has worked with partners to develop private and public financing and payments for ecosystem services to help transition farms and ranches to more sustainable food production.
Michael is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. He cofounded and was first President of the Society for Conservation Biology, and cofounded The Wildlands Project. He is widely recognized as the Father of Conservation Biology.
David has published dozens of scientific papers on the ecology and conservation biology of wildlife and is an award-winning science communicator known for his wide-ranging outreach efforts.