- Johannah E. Barry, Founder and President
- Dr. James Gibbs, Co-Leader Galapagos Tortoise Restoration Initiative
- Richard Knab, Director of Strategic Partnerships
- Washington Tapia, Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI)
- Roslyn Cameron, Galapagos Liaison
Johannah E. Barry, Founder and President
Expertise: Biodiversity/conservation management, institutional history, advocacy and donor engagement.
Johannah Barry has been advancing Galapagos Conservancy’s mission to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands since 1992.
Her background includes more than 40 years of institutional advancement and organizational development. She has held senior fundraising positions with the World Conservation Union (US), The Wilderness Society, Resources for the Future, and served as consultant to the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, and the Audubon Naturalist Society.
Johannah holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.
- Tortoise suspected to be extinct for over 100 years found on island in Galapagos (2/21/19), The New York Daily News
- Love knows no boundaries — including species (8/10/18), The Washington Post
- Preserving a Tortoise, and a Legacy (7/1/13), The New York Times
LinkedIn: Johannah Barry
James Gibbs, Co-Leader Galapagos Tortoise Restoration Initiative
Expertise: Biodiversity conservation, island ecosystems, endemic species, invasive species, technology in conservation.
James P. Gibbs has been involved in research in the Galapagos Islands since 1981, when he served as a volunteer on Peter and Rosemary Grant’s Darwin’s Finch projects, living with and measuring finches for many months on Daphne Island and then again for many more on Genovesa Island.
Some 60 trips to Galapagos later, James is now co-leader (with Wacho Tapia) of Galapagos Conservancy’s Galapagos Tortoise Restoration Initiative, overseeing the research behind tortoise restoration as well as advising on topics including ecological monitoring and research investments.
James is a published author whose works include field guides and textbooks. His articles have been published in Nature, Conservation Biology, The Journal of Animal Ecology, and more.
He is Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he teaches courses in conservation biology and herpetology. He has served as “Wise Sage” with the Prometeo Program of the National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of Ecuador (2012-2014). In addition to work in Galapagos, he has worked extensively on conservation projects in Tanzania (endangered amphibians), Russia (snow leopards and argali) and Brazil (river turtles).
James has degrees from the University of Maine, the University of Missouri, and Yale University.
- This giant tortoise isn’t extinct after all (2/22/19), BBC Newsday
- Innovative Conservation Strategies Help Restore Nearly Extinct Tortoises On Galapagos Islands (2/21/19), Wisconsin Public Radio
Richard Knab, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Expertise: Education curriculum reform, teacher training, challenges/opportunities for education in protected areas and remote settings, linkages between “place” and educational content.
Richard Knab has worked for Galapagos Conservancy since 2004. At present, he coordinates the Education for Sustainability program, but spent his first decade at GC fundraising for all program areas.
Richard has always focused on education, conservation and sustainable development in Latin America. Having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras from 1987-1990, he worked with small farmers on soil conservation, irrigation, and cooperative-related projects.
Following his Masters studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he began a 10-year stint with Zamorano University in Honduras, holding various positions related to project development, fundraising, institutional communications and strategic planning.
He is particularly passionate about opportunities in Galapagos to strengthen education, civil society and citizen engagement in conservation.
- Farewell to Lonesome George, who never came out of his shell (6/25/12), The Guardian
LinkedIn: Richard Knab
Washington Tapia, Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI)
Expertise: Giant tortoise conservation and management, park regulations.
Washington (Wacho) Tapia joined Galapagos Conservancy as the Galapagos-based Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) in 2014. A Galapagos native and reptile expert with decades of field experience, Wacho has been working for Galapagos conservation since volunteering at the tortoise and land iguana breeding and rearing centers at the Charles Darwin Research Station following high school.
Having earned his PhD from the University of Málaga, Wacho completed his graduate thesis on the giant tortoises of Cinco Cerros of southern Isabela Island. He then worked for the Galapagos National Park Directorate for 15 years, leading their science program and technical group.
His work involves constant collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate. He coordinates and leads all GTRI fieldwork and plays a vital role in ecosystem conservation work in Galapagos.
- How an ‘extinct’ tortoise was rediscovered after a century (2/22/19), National Geographic
- ‘Extinct’ Galapagos tortoise found after 100 years (2/21/19), CNN
- Lonesome George ‘look-alike’ captured for tortoise-breeding effort (12/4/15), Nature
LinkedIn: Washington Tapia Aguilera
Roslyn Cameron, Galapagos Liaison
Expertise: Tourism impacts, local initiatives, general Galapagos knowledge, park rules and regulations (communication, filming permits).
Ros Cameron has worked with Galapagos Conservancy since 2012.
Ros is a long-term Galapagos resident and worked as an educator for many years before taking a more prominent role in conservation. She specializes in institutional promotion, having created and implemented strategic public relations programs and established integrated relationships with many sectors of the Galapagos community, while building strong partnerships with local and international organizations.
For many years, Ros was known as the face and voice of Galapagos conservation, representing first the Charles Darwin Foundation and later Galapagos Conservancy locally, throughout Ecuador and internationally. She is often the first point of contact for visitors, media and donors.
Ros has an integrated relationship with multiple sectors of the Galapagos community and considerable experience in successful fundraising with a special focus on support from major donors and corporations.
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