Meet Our Contributors
A former Editor-in-Chief of Yoga Journal and Delicious! Living, Kathryn has spent her publishing career trying to help people live healthier, more balanced lives. After she began volunteering at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, 13 years ago, she turned her attention to helping save the lives of other species and writing about nature. She is the Co-founder of Wild Hope and Story Curator. Her article, “Tuesday with the Seals,” about a day in the life of The Marine Mammal Center appears in the premiere issue.
Jane is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Wild Hope. She has received numerous awards for her magazine design work, including multiple National Magazine Awards (the Ellie’s) as the founding Art Director of Hippocrates and Health magazines, and the Ellie for general excellence as Design Director at Mother Jones. Jane has also created the look for a number of new and redesigned magazines, including Yoga Journal, Dwell, and Natural Solutions. Most recently she was the launch Design Director of AFAR. (Photo: Caren Alpert)
Marco Perucci Moramarco
Marco is Wild Hope’s website designer and developer. He’s also a cheese maker and gelato maker, and has a small micro creamery with his partner in Northern California, www.pazzomarco.com. Previously, Marco worked in the technology field as a software engineer. He grew up in the country on a family farm, and his desire for the country life never left him. After two decades of city living and working in a corporate setting, he and his partner moved to the Mendocino Coast, built an off-grid solar powered home, and planted a vegetable garden. “Living in nature and cheese making has taught me how even small changes in the ecosystem such as in the process of aging cheese or even in the natural environment can have a great impact.” In his free time, Marco loves hiking in the woods and foraging for mushrooms.
Caren Alpert is a San Francisco-based photographer whose work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveller, Departures, Anthology, The New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, and LUXE. She specializes in interiors, still-life/food, and portraits. Caren started her career at Time Inc. as a photo editor. In addition, she’s worked as an editor and researcher for Vogue, George, and for Miramax Films. Caren has taught at the Academy of Art in San Francisco for over 10 years. Recently, she has been photographing food using scientific microscopes, in a series titled terra cibus. It combines Caren’s love of food, technology, and art. Born in New York and raised in Tucson, Ariz., Caren earned a BFA in photography and graphic design from the University of Arizona. When not shooting, she enjoys cooking, traveling, snowboarding, hiking, and raising her pet rabbit. Samples of Caren’s work are posted at www.carenalpertfineart.com and www.carenalpert.com.
Emily Burns, Ph.D., is the science director for Save the Redwoods League where she directs research, education, and conservation planning programs for the coast redwood and giant sequoia regions. Burns received her doctorate from UC Berkeley after studying climate impacts on coast redwood forest understory plants. She conducted research as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Cruz on the drought tolerance of redwood forest ferns and in 2009 worked with Chabot Space & Science Center to initiate a citizen science research project, “Fern Watch,” that engages volunteers to collect important data needed to understand climate change impacts on local flora. She is the author of “The World above Us” in the premiere issue. (Photo: Paolo Vescia)
Colleen Morton Busch
Colleen Morton Busch is the author of Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire, named a best book of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has an M.F.A. in poetry, but writes and publishes fiction and nonfiction as well. A yoga student and Zen practitioner, Colleen has worked as a college instructor and as a magazine editor. Her work has appeared in Yoga Journal, where she was a senior editor, Tricycle: A Buddhist Review, Shambhala Sun, the San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous literary magazines. She blogs for the Huffington Post. Colleen lives in Northern California with her husband. www.colleenmortonbusch.com. Her essay “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers” appears in the premiere issue. (Photo: Tove Jensen)
Sarah Chinn is a graduate teaching assistant at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA, researching mortality risk factors among lactating female sea otters. She has worked extensively as a field biologist monitoring northern fur seals in the Pribiloff Islands, Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, sea otters off the central coast of California, and giraffe in Tanzania.
Leslie Curchack is a long-time lover of the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Originally from NY, she moved to CA in 1970 to study Indian Classical Music and later became a Family Therapist. In the past 12 years, her study and pursuit of photography has led to a deeper connection to nature and the essential truths of ecology. In addition to exhibiting her work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, she produces the annual eco-calendar “In Love With Earth,” which features her images paired with visionary quotes from poets, scientists, and environmental leaders. Several of Leslie’s photos appear in the premiere issue. Visit www.earthlovinglens.com to see more of her work and to order prints and calendars.
Jennifer is a photographer and photo-educator who believes in the power that images have to tell a story, whether they call to preserve a cultural heritage, conserve a unique place, or appreciate natural beauty. She spends much of her time photographing the landscape and cultures of Latin America, the Western US and beyond. She loves working with aspiring photographers through workshops and expeditions with National Geographic Expeditions, Lindblad Expeditions, and the Santa Fe Workshops. When Jennifer is not on the road, she can be found on a hiking trail, on her yoga mat, or in the kitchen. She participated in the Earth Day Photo Project 2014, and her photo appears in the premiere issue, as well as in the photo gallery on this website.
Elizabeth swapped her stethoscope for a spiral notebook after many years of practicing veterinary medicine. As a veterinarian, she watched the borders erode between animal environments and human habitats. When diseases jumped across those blurry boundaries, she itched to find solutions. Although she loves her profession, Elizabeth decided that reporting about those solutions could have greater impact than her clinical work. So, she sharpened her journalism skills in the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program. Now she writes about animals, medicine, and the environment, for publications that include: National Geographic News, Nature Medicine, Ensia, Mongabay, and Bay Nature magazine. Her article “Swept Ashore” appears in the premiere issue.
Neil has had an interest in photography, birds and the outdoors since childhood. When he was given his first SLR (a Pentax Spotmatic) as a teenager, he began trying to document the natural world surrounding home near the world famous Waitomo Caves. He now works for a research institute, mainly researching native bird and plant ecology and conservation, but when not doing that he’s obsessively pursuing new photographic opportunities. New Zealand is famous for being a land of birds. He says, “We have very few native mammals, so birds are generally the most conspicuous of our native wildlife, and the focus of much of my photographic attention.”
Jonathan is a USAF instructor pilot and amateur photographer in his off time. He enjoys backpacking and landscape photography. In his words, “Landscape photography gives me the kind of peace that I need outside of all the stresses in life. When you are standing there, watching a beautiful sunset and taking photos, it relaxes you in a way that nothing else can.” You can find more of Jonathan’s work on his website, jonathanguntherphotography.com. He participated in the Earth Day Photo Project 2014, and his image appears in the premiere issue and in the photo gallery of this website.
Lisa Honda is a full-time photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2014, she founded p.p.a.h. | CREATIVE, which merges art and editorial stories. Her world is visual and emotional, her work motivated by a wide range of interests. Lisa spent two days documenting the layers of tightly coordinated work performed by The Marine Mammal Center’s volunteers and professionals. Wild Hope will feature these images in Kathryn Arnold’s article in the magazine’s launch issue. Lisa also provided photos for writer Liz Devitt’s story about Captain Jim Holm, co-founder of The Clean Ocean’s Project. (Photo: Eryn Hatzithomas Photography)
Michael’s connection with nature is one of survival and solace. With work that has taken him to myriad places around the world (some lovely, some hurtful), he anchors himself to northern California because of nature. Early morning rows in fog amidst seals and pelicans balance his work in global health, sustainability, and technology. Image making using photography gives him the chance to stop and see the moment, and then freeze and share it. It can be a form of meditation but you have to keep one eye open when near big animals, you don’t want to get in their way.
Joanna Klink is the author of three books of poetry, They Are Sleeping, Circadian, and Raptus. She has received awards and fellowships from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her new book, Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy, is forthcoming from Penguin in April. Her poem “from ‘3 Bewildered Landscapes’” appears in the premiere issue.
For David, photography is both a calculated science and a free verse art form. His images fuse humanity and tenderness with the warmth of a California day where he currently lives. He uses his camera as a way to guide him to new experiences and new people. You’d be hard pressed to find David indoors when he is not shooting – much more likely find him on a wave in Baja, on his mountain bike in the Sierras, or globe trotting with his wife Shelly. Always at the forefront of technology (but still with a roll of medium format film in his camera bag), David has been shooting high definition video since DSLR technology made it more available. David is always ready for an adventure, with his surf bag packed and camera in hand.
Emily’s love of nature began as a child during family vacations hiking, camping, and exploring the American West. In contrast to her outdoors interests, she pursued an intensive young career as a classical violinist, culminating in degrees in history and music from the University of Washington. After college, she worked as a naturalist and wilderness park ranger at ten national parks across the west. Living in beautiful and remote areas, Emily’s interest in photography blossomed, leading her to her current job as a naturalist/photo instructor with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic. She is also a freelance writer concentrating on environmental issues. Emily’s essay “A Moment in Time” and photos from the Earth Day Photo Project appear in the premiere issue.
Henrik Nilsson has been an avid wildlife photographer for more than a decade. His work has been published by such organizations as National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, and several others. Henrik seeks to create unique wildlife images that capture the true nature of the wild. While he travels extensively for photography, he has yet to earn the perfect shot — the pursuit of which he hopes will take a lifetime. During “working hours,” Henrik is employed in the investment business in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Neil helped found Wild Lens while working on a Master’s degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. In early 2013 Neil began work on his directorial debut film, Bluebird Man, a half hour documentary about the role of citizen science in the recovery of the bluebird. Neil completed his M.Sc. in Raptor Biology in the spring of 2013. While currently serving as Conservation Biologist for the non-profit, Hawkwatch International, Neil continues to play a consulting role with Wild Lens and is a regular contributor to the Wild Lens blog. His earned his B.S. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.
Matthew helped found Wild Lens in 2011 with the goal of bringing biologists and filmmakers together to produce films that would have an impact on critically important wildlife conservation issues. His first feature length film, Scavenger Hunt, is about the recovery of the California condor. Matthew also served as producer and co-director of Bluebird Man, and is a staff producer for the web series and podcast, “Eyes on Conservation.” Prior to his work with Wild Lens, Matthew spent four years as a biologist working with wild condors in Arizona and Utah, as well as with the captive breeding program for condors in Boise, ID. Matthew received both a B.A. in Cinema/Photography and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Ithaca College.
For the better part of the past decade, Jay has been working independently as a photographer for newspapers, magazines, non-profits, and a variety of businesses. His focus also includes documenting weddings with an approach rooted in his experience as a photojournalist, encouraging clients to be true to themselves, have fun, and forget he’s there. Before going out on his own, he cut his teeth working for newspapers including the Boston Globe, Denver Post and Washington Post. Jay lives in Harpers Ferry, WV; surrounded by rivers, mountains, great cycling, and is just steps to the Appalachian Trail.
Laura Premack teaches and writes in mid-coast Maine, where she is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College. A historian by training, she studies religion, race, and culture in Brazil, Nigeria, and the larger Atlantic world. While she’s hiked and camped throughout the Americas, her heart is in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, where she picked her first wild blueberry at age four and eventually worked as a hutmaster in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut system. Laura spends as much time as she can outdoors, though these days that’s generally limited to walking down to the shore to wave at the lobster boats with a 20-pound baby strapped to her chest. Laura’s essay “A Personal Geography” appears in the premiere issue.
Rich has spent almost his entire life exploring the outdoors. From the age of four-and-a-half, he lived in the countryside of Western New York State, where he hiked, fished and camped in the hardwood forests of that area, intrigued by the natural world. After living for several years in the Adirondack Mountains, he moved 41 years ago to his adopted home, Bozeman, Montana. His career has taken him from carpenter, to professional wildlife photographer, and finally to naturalist/photo instructor for Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions.
Michael Snedic is one of Australia’s most accomplished wildlife and nature photographers, writers, and tutors. His photos and articles have been published in numerous publications both in Australia and internationally. He is the author of a 200 page coffee table book on wildlife. Michael regularly conducts photography workshops and tours, across the width and breadth of Australia. Locations include the Red Centre, Lamington National Park, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, Fraser Island, Tasmania, Kangaroo Island, The Kimberley as well as Africa and Antarctica. He is also a Lowepro Ambassador for Australia. Visit Michael’s website to view his images, read photographic articles, sign up for his photography newsletter and find out about workshops and tours. He participated in the Earth Day Photo Project 2014, and his photo appears in the premiere issue, as well as in the photo gallery on this website.
Artist/naturalist Emily Underwood works from her central California home observing and recording the local plants, animals, and landforms. Her work has appeared in interpretive panels, posters, and articles. She is currently creating an illustrated guide to reading the landscapes of California. Emily is a graduate of the Scientific Illustration program at California State University, Monterey Bay. Emily created the illustrated guide to the western snowy plover in the premiere issue.
Chris WhittierChristopher Whittier grew up in rural New Hampshire amidst both domestic animals on a small family farm, and wild animals in the surrounding forest where he spent most of his free time. Trained as a biologist, artist, and ultimately a wildlife veterinarian, he found himself living his childhood dream of working with wild gorillas in central Africa starting in 2001. The experiences he shared with his wife as field veterinarians for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project gave him an intimate perspective of the daily lives of these magnificent animals and the others that share their forest home. His artistic vision is to share some of those special moments as captured with a unique collection of paintings and photographs. These images will hopefully help raise awareness of the plight of gorillas and other endangered species in order to garner support for their long-term, sustainable conservation.
Holly Wilmeth was born and raised in Guatemala. As the daughter of a farmer and teacher, she spent half her time in the city and the other half in the dense jungles and agricultural landscapes of Guatemala. She is a freelance photographer and holds a degree in Political Science and Languages and speaks fluent Spanish, German, and English. She has traveled to over 50 countries as a cultural observer and avid hiker, living with nomad families in the Tibetan mountains as well as the Saharan desert. She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with her husband Sky and infant son LukaJack. Her work has appeared in international publications, including National Geographic Adventure, New York Times, The Economist, and Travel & Leisure.
Peter Yeun is a wildlife rescue photographer and a passionate conservationist, working with animal welfare organizations in Asia, including Free the Bears, Animals Asia, Wildlife Alliance, Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, EARS Asia, ACRES Singapore, The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, Orangutan Appeal UK, SPCA HK, and HK Dolphin Conservation Society. With a focus on delivering a professional level of service and an understanding of the unique needs that animal welfare and rescues present, Peter also provides specialized wildlife photography tours across Asia for tour groups, private clients, and the charities themselves. To support Peter’s work, please visit his Patreon page to donate a small amount to his work, and receive exclusive rewards.
Want to contribute to Wild Hope?
- Wild Hope is looking for original photographs, illustrations, 100-1000 word articles, essays, poems, and interviews that capture why you believe preserving biodiversity is important.
- We want to see and hear how you feel about the way we are affecting other species through climate change, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, pollution, and translocation of species.
- We want to know if you have had a life changing experience in the natural world.
- We want to hear what gives you hope for the future of the other species with whom we share the Earth.
- We want to find out if you have you taken any actions that you believe will assure the survival of a species and how you may have influenced others to take action.
- We want to know if you have a favorite wild place…if you keep a field notebook…if you collect objects you find in nature.
We want to hear every story that might make a difference and inspire others.
Submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.