Bookkeeper/Office Assistant

Julia Leach Bookkeeper/Office Assistant Biography Julia received her BS in Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology with minors in Environmental Science and Music from Western Washington University.  As part of her studies, she participated in Round River’s Great Bear Rainforest student program in 2007.  Her work experience has focused on botany, environmental education program management, and…

Botswana Program Assistant Instructor

Pabalelo Motswadi Botswana Program Assistant Instructor Biography Pabalelo was born and raised in Sankoyo village but has family roots from Khwai village. Pabalelo is from two different Okavango tribes, the Bayei and Bugakhwe tribes. He resided in wildlife management areas his entire life, where he grew up living with and coping with wild animals. Because…

Patagonia Program Instructor

Pablo Azua Contreras Patagonia Program Instructor Biography Pablo is a Chilean geologist, passionate about mountains and their processes. He studied geology at the University of Concepción, and later pursued studies in environmental legislation at the Catholic University of Temuco. He is currently enrolled in a master’s program in Territorial Planning and Geography at the Alberto…

Patagonia Program Instructor

Benjamin Medina Patagonia Program Instructor Biography Benjamin Medina received a BS in Natural Resources Engineering from the Universidad de Chile. His passion for nature began early in life, growing up on a farm in the Mediterranean Chilean Region. He has worked within local government promoting Urban Ecology and working with youth at risk, involving them…

Botswana Program Instructor

Domini Bowen Botswana Program Instructor Biography Domini (she/her) graduated with a BSc in Zoology from The University of Edinburgh (2019) and then went on to read Conservation Science at The University of Queensland (2023). She is passionate about mitigating Human/Wildlife conflict and has worked as research assistant on projects in Patagonia to learn more about…

Patagonia & Taku Program Instructor

Ben Schmidt Patagonia & Taku Program Instructor Biography Ben received a BS in biology from Northwestern College and an MS in fisheries and wildlife science from Clemson University in South Carolina. He has worked as a stream surveyor in Oregon, a botanist in Utah and Michigan, an environmental educator in Costa Rica and Georgia, a…

Patagonia Program Instructor

Cameron Markovsky Patagonia Program Instructor Biography Cameron holds an MSc in Geography from the University of Utah and a BA in Earth Science and Math with a minor in Anthropology from Bowdoin College. He worked on glacier mass balance modeling in High Mountain Asia as a graduate student and on glaciology research projects as an…

Taku & Patagonia Program Instructor

Lauren Watine Conservation Scientist, Taku & Patagonia Program Instructor Biography Lauren is a wildlife and natural resources scientist. She earned her BS and MS in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Natural Resource Management from the University of Tennessee. She has worked for NGOs, state and federal agencies,…

Patagonia Program Instructor

María Paz Quercia Raty Patagonia Program Instructor Biography Maria Paz is a geologist from the Universidad Austral de Chile. She is also an ANGM (Asociación Nacional de Guías de Montaña) mountain guide. She loves mountaineering. She works in archeology and glaciology research in the region of Aysen, as well as a mountain guide during the winter.…

Patagonia Program Field Coordinator/Instructor

José Cruz San Martín Patagonia Program Field Coordinator/Instructor Biography José is a Forest Engineer from the University of Chile. His undergraduate research involved comparing southern beech wood with fossil records. He then worked with Lenga bush management at Tierra del Fuego Island. His work interests in sustainability and education led him to coordinate organic recycling…