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It is with a profound sense of gratitude that the Board of Directors and staff at Ecology Project International (EPI) announce the upcoming departure of Executive Director and EPI Co-founder, Scott Pankratz. Scott and his wife, Julie Osborn, co-founded EPI in 2001. Their initial work connected local Costa Rican teens with the biodiversity and ecological importance of their homeland through hands-on research with leatherback sea turtles. Empowered to make a difference, these conservation-minded teens began to protect their own communities and wildlife resources, and the tide began to turn. In the 19 years that have followed, EPI has transformed the lives of nearly 40,000 students and teachers, and more than 60,000 additional community members in five countries. Pankratz leaves EPI with a solid foundation: an experienced board of directors, dedicated and skilled department managers, a talented staff, and financial stability. On departing the organization he helped create, Pankratz said,  “A successful... Read More

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Dear Friend of EPI, Change is one constant in life, and in recognition of this, I am sharing news with you of change on the horizon. After thoughtful consideration, my EPI Co-founder, Julie Osborn, will be stepping down from her role as Advancement Director later this year. This has been a transition that she has thought about and that we have discussed - as a team, with the board, and with our staff - for many months, as it is paramount for the organization and the many youth we serve that we ensure an effective transition. We at EPI are deeply grateful for Julie's vision and leadership during the nearly two decades since we set out on this journey together. Given Julie's leadership role with both the strategic direction of the organization and the acquisition of funds to support our mission, our transition plan involves two... Read More

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In Baja, Ecology Project International's home base in Mexico, the turquoise crescent of the Gulf of California is framed by desert—an impossible contrast of translucent waters against a wind-sculpted rockscape. At first glance, you might think it was empty of life, but under the surface of the water is a vibrant jungle. Eight hundred species of fish thrive here—77 of which are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else on earth. Nearly 5,000 species of invertebrates, from bristling sea stars to iridescent mantis shrimp, creep along the bottom or float in the current.  Around 70 million years ago, near the age of the extinction of dinosaurs, the Colorado River was born. As it grew, it channeled trillions of gallons of fresh water and nutrients into the growing Gulf of California. In the past century, however, the development of the Hoover and Glen Canyon Dams among... Read More

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