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Akvaplan-niva/ Synergia Ranch

Starrlight Augustine works as a senior researcher at Akvaplan-niva, Tromso, Norway, working on projects related to improving the scientific basis of environmental risk assessment. In her spare time, Starrlight also manages the 0.5 acre market gardens and 4.5 acre orchard at Synergia Ranch and is developing ways to increase and restore soil structure and fertility therein, […]

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Geospatial Intelligence

Manno França is an expert in geospatial intelligence and strategy, as well as a researcher in forest fire management in tropical regions. He worked as an advisor to the government in Brazil, where he coordinated the Department of Geospatial Intelligence and was responsible for the modelling and establishment of biological corridors and many hundreds of […]

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Gessie Houghton

October Gallery

Gerard Houghton is a writer, art-critic and videographer based in London. Graduating from Churchill College, Cambridge, he spent two years in West Africa working as an interpreter. In 1980, he moved to Japan where he taught Literature and Linguistics at two of Japan’s more prestigious universities. On his return to London, in 1994, he became […]

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robert rio hahn

Communications

Robert “Rio” Hahn is an explorer, photographer, filmmaker, painter, author, and speaker on altered states of consciousness. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow, two-term international Director, and three-term San Diego Chapter Chair of The Explorers Club. The recipient of five Explorers Club Flags, he is a licensed sea captain, […]

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christine handte

R/V Heraclitus

Christine Ruth Handte is a Director of the Institute of Ecotechnics (UK/USA) and a Director of Ecotechnics Maritime (UK). She was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Ecotechnics (I.E.) for her work with the Research Vessel Heraclitus and is a member of the Explorers Club. She joined the crew of the R/V Heraclitus in […]

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Las Casas de la Selva

Thrity Jal Vakil serves as Director of Tropic Ventures 1000-acre Sustainable Forestry & Rainforest Enrichment Project in Puerto Rico. 3t has worked on tree-id, selective harvesting, milling, and wood-drying operations for two decades, and in 2015 co-founded Puerto Rico Hardwoods. She has led sixty Earthwatch research teams, and has observed, measured, monitored, and planted, hundreds […]

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Education & Outreach

Deborah Parrish Snyder has been a publisher and campaigner for sustainable futures and planetary stewardship for over 30 years. As the principle director of Synergetic Press since 1984, she has published more than 40 books on topics as diverse as the environment, ethnobotany, psychedelics, consciousness, cultural anthropology, and vanguard fiction and poetry. During the eighties, […]

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Institute of Ecotechnics

Kathelin Gray is a director, producer, curator, and writer. She has co-founded projects which integrate art, ecology, science and culture. These include the Research Vessel Heraclitus, Biosphere 2 closed ecological system experiment, Institute of Ecotechnics, and the October Gallery, London. She was the artistic director of Theatre of All Possibilities, which toured internationally for 18 […]

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October Gallery

Judy Ann Hawes, (also known as Chili), FRGS, is one of the Founders of October Gallery and Director since its opening in 1979. A native of the Rocky Mountains, she obtained a BA in French Literature from Colorado College, with a year at the Sorbonne and post-graduate work in Linguistics at Claremont Graduate School and has taught at […]

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freddy dempster

Systems Engineering

William F. Dempster Director of Systems Engineering and chief engineer for the Biosphere 2 project of Space Biospheres Ventures. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1996 – Director of Engineering Systems, Synergia Ranch LLC, New Mexico 1993 to 1996 President, Institute of Ecotechnics, a London-based international ecological development institute. (Held position for 1983-86 term). 1978 – Director of Systems […]

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