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With 100 staff across 5 countries, our mission and vision are carried out from the field to the office and beyond. Use the dropdown menu below to meet some of the incredible staff who make it all possible. Can't find who you're looking for? Contact us, and we'll get your message to the right person!

Eylen Zúñiga Acuna

Program Manager
Costa Rica

Eylen is a biologist from Costa Rica, who enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for the tropical forest and sea turtles with our students. She started working with EPI in 2005 as an instructor. Currently she is in charge of communications with local high schools, recruitment of students, and curriculum development. While she is not in the office or teaching a course in the field, she is hiking in the forest,... Learn More

Megan Edgar

Program Coordinator
Hawaii

Originally from rural Maine, Megan now lives in Kihei on the island of Maui. A strong background in education, she has a bachelors in Zoology and a Masters in Secondary Education with a 7th-12th grade science teaching credential. She's taught field-based middle and high school science at a project-based learning, experiential charter school on Maui for over eight years. She also has experience leading students on backpacking, canoeing,... Learn More

Jaen Nieto Amat

Instructor
Mexico

Born in Mexico, Jaen studied Marine Biology and Ecology in France. She started work as a field researcher, but later moved onto environmental conservation and education. Jaen found her experience as an environmental steward and educational leader very motivating, important, fun and enriching. Her career has led her across the world. Jaen has worked in France, Costa Rica, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, and now Belize! Jaen is also qualified as... Learn More

Diana Vargas

Finance Manager
Costa Rica

Diana joined EPI in 2013 after a long pause in her administrative-finance career with international for-profit companies. Her fascination for the administrative and finance challenges at EPI quickly made her multitasking abilities and eye for detail indispensable to the organization. Diana lead the project to create EPI's first Science and Conservation Education Center in Costa Rica. She enjoys making sure every visitor to the EPI Costa Rica campus has a... Learn More

Adam Bavier

Instructor
Yellowstone

Adam was born and raised in northern New Jersey, only a few hours’ drive from the Catskills, the Adirondacks, the Appalachians, and the Atlantic Ocean. As a child he learned to love the flora of eastern North America’s temperate deciduous forests, culminating in 2009 when he took a Bachelors of Science from Rutgers University in Botany. He has since taught in his home state, Indiana, and Southern California,... Learn More

Kimberly (Kimi) Brevik

Enrollment Supervisor
Missoula

Kimi graduated from The University of Montana with degrees in Anthropology and French Education. Before coming to EPI she spent several years in sales and customer service. Kimi is excited to be a part of EPI and work in a capacity that allows her to help in connecting youth with the outdoors and in cultural exchanges. Growing up in Missoula gave her a great appreciation for the outdoors as well... Learn More

Simon Buzzard

Global Services Manager
Missoula

Simon found his passion for conservation at a young age amidst the wildlands of Africa and the Western United States. He has worked as a guide and teacher in multiple outdoor and classroom settings and is committed to expanding experiential education opportunities for youth. When Simon is not in the office, he can be found tied to a climbing rope or strapped to a pair of skis, hunting for views... Learn More

Rachael Caldwell

Communications Manager
Missoula

A lifelong learner and teacher, with an insatiable itch for travel, Rachael never stayed in one place too long. After a trajectory that included Mississippi, Indiana, and Los Angeles, she discovered Montana and began to plant roots. With a background in education, writing, and marketing, she also brings experience with non-profit, government, and for-profit organizations. Outside of work, Rachael spends her time volunteering for two organizations close to her heart ... Learn More

Autumn Lee

Recruitment Coordinator
Missoula

Growing up in Montana, Autumn always had an appreciation for the outdoors. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in Psychology, she spent five years doing school-based social work where she recognized the therapeutic value in having her students spend time in nature. This experience motivated her to go back to school for her master’s in Environmental Studies where she researched Montana Farm-to-School... Learn More

Erin Clark

Program Manager
Yellowstone

Erin brings a background in forest research and wilderness monitoring with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to EPI’s Montana Program. A New York native, she’s left behind eastern white pines to embrace the whitebark pine and all of its associated critters. Her field work as a Master of Forest Science student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental... Learn More

Tess Kohler

Instructor
Yellowstone

Tess grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and has been living in Northern MI for the past year on the shores of the incredibly blue waters of Torch Lake. Growing up going on backcountry camping trips, she realized there was something transformative about spending extended time in the natural world and has dedicated herself to sharing that experience with others. She has a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from Colgate... Learn More

Jaime Duarte

Instructor
Mexico

Jaime was born and raised in Mexico City. As a child, he traveled to the sea and became deeply amazed by its vast diversity. Motivated by this amazement, Jaime decided to become a Marine Biologist. In 2007, he moved to La Paz to attend the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS). He continues to seek out knowledge in areas pertaining to aquaculture, permaculture and environmental education. In his spare time,... Learn More

Jerry Enriquez

Program Manager
Belize

During his previous work as the Academic Director of the School for International Study Abroad program, Jerry successfully planned and managed every aspect of the field based education program on natural and cultural ecology. Through his fourteen years of experience with that program, Jerry worked with over 400 undergraduate students from various universities. Their consistent reports about their life-changing experiences inspired Jerry to seek out ways to involve more local students... Learn More

Miguel Fuentes

Regional Branch Director
Costa Rica

Miguel has worked in the non-profit world for over 14 years in various capacities and subjects. For the last 10 years he has served in different positions at the Costa Rica-United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA). His academic background includes studies in systems engineering, international relations, and a Master’s degree in international cooperation and project management from the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. During his career, Miguel has worked in... Learn More

Haley Hanson

Global Identity Supervisor
Missoula

Haley joined EPI in 2008 after having worked with a broad range of non-profits and wildlife conservation organizations. Having lived and traveled in Central and South America, she is thrilled to be a part of an organization that shares her passion for the Latin American culture and language, natural resources and Lizano salsa. Outside of work, she enjoys camping with her family, working on their fixer-upper and tinkering with her numerous... Learn More

Greg Luther

Student Recruitment Coordinator
Missoula

When Greg was six years old he went on a backpacking trip along the Encampment River – total distance: one mile—an inauspicious beginning perhaps, but he’s never looked back. His interest in travel, conservation, and cultural exchange has taken him from Alaska to Adelaide and countless places in between. He has held too many jobs to count, among them, cheese monger, carpet cleaner, grill master, substitute... Learn More

John Kamman

Admissions and Systems Director
Missoula

Before joining the EPI staff, John spent his days as a biology instructor, a field guide, a sea turtle biologist, and a student of the nonprofit world. With EPI, he reaches out to schools, teachers, and students, inviting them to become part of EPI’s programs and mission. When he’s not navigating the intersections between conservation and education, John can usually be found stuck somewhere to a... Learn More

Ana María Loose

Program Director
Galapagos

Ana María is an environmental communicator in Galapagos. During the past 13 years she has worked with social and environmental programs using strategic communication, environmental education, and public participation tools. For seven years she has worked directly to help reduce the gap between science and society – involving students, fishermen, farmers, scientists, and community members in conservation projects for sustainable development. She loves to see the sunrise at sea... Learn More

Hallie Holland

Instructor
Yellowstone

Hallie grew up at the base of the foothills in Boise, ID. After high school she moved to Portland, OR for college (she has a dual degree in Biology and Spanish) and also spent six months studying in Granada, Spain. This last semester Hallie is back in Idaho teaching as a fellow at the Alzar School in Cascade.  With Alzar, she has led students on backpacking and... Learn More

Lisa Macki

Recruitment Coordinator
Missoula

Lisa gained an appreciation for field based educational experiences while participating and being a teacher’s assistant for a Summer Ornithology course based in the high altitude sage-steppe habitat of Oregon. Having recently completed her Masters of Environmental Studies, she is excited to be working for an organization with such an exciting mission whose goals are closely aligned with her own. When not at EPI she can be found... Learn More

Julie Osborn

Advancement Director & Co-founder
Missoula

Julie strives to build collaboration between scientists and local communities to promote effective conservation. Julie’s background as an ecologist and analyst has always focused on global change. During her graduate studies at Stanford, she spent time in the mangroves of north Queensland, Australia, and the grasslands of California. She’s lived in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researched raptors and wind turbines, contributed to national policy... Learn More

Alex James

Enrollment Assistant
Missoula

Alex grew up among the Rocky Mountains of scenic Colorado, where she began a life-long love for the great outdoors. After exploring the vast mountains of Colorado, Alex spent time in Arizona, then her passion for adventuring led her to Montana. Since moving to Montana, she has achieved a bachelors degree in Ecology & Organismal Biology, participated in several outdoor education programs, including a summer long study at the Flathead... Learn More

Heidi Porras

Program Coordinator
Mexico

Heidi studied Marine Biology in La Paz, Mexico, specializing in Pinniped Ecology. Her passion for nature, photography, and different cultures has taken her around numerous countries throughout South America. Heidi was able to live in Patagonia, one of her favorite places, for several years where she worked as a kayak instructor. She was also able to participate in several conservation and environmental education projects while living there. Heidi enjoys... Learn More

Susanna Soley Prieto

Travel Coordinator
Missoula

Susanna is a Spanish native who moved to Missoula 2 years ago to start a new adventure with her family. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Fundamental Applied Ecology. Before coming to EPI she worked as an office manager, research lab technician, environmental consultant, and educator. She is incredibly excited to be part of EPI and can’t wait to start... Learn More

Roberto Rodriguez

Instructor & POE Assistant
Mexico

Roberto grew up in Querétaro City, Mexico. He always felt drawn to the sea and the animals that live there – so much so, that in 2000 he moved to La Paz, the capital of southern Baja California, to study Marine Biology. As part of his studies, Roberto monitored biodiversity on Espiritu Santo Island. His thesis focused on coral biogeography of the Mexican Pacific. After graduation he worked in... Learn More

Joan Scheffer

Chief Medical Screener
Missoula

Joan is a Registered Nurse who has been working in surgical procedures and patient care since 1975. She teaches Wilderness Medicine courses at all levels and is a licensed Wilderness EMT. Combining a love for the outdoors with her medical knowledge, she makes for a good fit as the Chief Medical Screener at EPI. Joan loves to ride and train her horses and dogs as well as hike with her husband... Learn More

Amy Harvey

Intern Instructor
Yellowstone

Native to the Bitterroot Valley just south of Missoula, Amy has a degree in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University. After completing her degree, she returned to Montana and has worked as an environmental consultant, a Food Corps member (a branch of AmeriCorps), and a school garden coordinator with Garden City Harvest. She's excited to help students connect to the land in Yellowstone National Park's winter playground. Amy... Learn More

Micah Sewell

Marketing Coordinator
Missoula

A graduate of the University of Montana, Micah Sewell is originally from the great state of Michigan. Previous jobs have found him on organic farms, traveling through Scandinavia with a film crew, and running the UM FLAT, a sustainable demonstration house in Missoula. Now, he works to connect students and teachers with EPI’s programs. When he’s out of the office, you’ll probably find him... Learn More

Lillian Thomas

Enrollment & Development Assistant
Missoula

Lillian loves to have adventures and delights in the great outdoors, which has inspired her enthusiasm for environmental conservation. Before coming to EPI, she found her excitement in working for non-profits at the YMCA. Not one to have idle hands, she spends her time getting her hands dirty and feet wet promenading around mountains, recreating with friends, traveling, or relaxing with a book.... Learn More

Juan Sebastian Torres

Program Coordinator
Galapagos

Sebastian was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. It was there he began to build a career focused on environmental conservation. Sebastian studied Ecology and Tourism in school where he focused on species identification and taxonomy. Following school, Sebastian worked as a naturalist guide in the Kapawi Reserve near the Amazon basin. He also worked for a nonprofit organization Biciacción in Quito where he worked to... Learn More

Carlos Trejos

Education Manager
Costa Rica

Carlos has worked with EPI since 2005, serving in a variety of staff positions and on numerous projects. He’s always been passionate about EPI’s impact on students and the life-changing power our courses have. A trained and educated tropical biologist and environmental educator, his early experience was in rainforest conservation, biological corridors, rural community environmental research, volunteering, and education. Leading courses for ... Learn More

Brant Warren

Program Operations Director
Mexico

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Kyle Watson

Recruitment Manager
Missoula

Kyle grew up in Wyoming on the east side of Yellowstone National Park where she developed interests in everything outdoors. Before joining the EPI team, she worked as a guide at a field station in the Bahamas and studied Environmental Education at the University of Montana. When not working to get students out to amazing field experiences, Kyle is usually hiking trails, floating rivers, coaching swimming, or snacking.... Learn More

Jennifer Williamson

Finance & Administration Director
Missoula

Jennifer moved to Missoula in 1995 to work at the University of Montana and to explore Big Sky country. She worked throughout the University of Montana network for the next ten years in both accounting and training, before taking time off to spend with her family. She is excited to be part of an organization that is providing ecological education to both local and international students in Central, South and North... Learn More

Katherine Mena

Instructor
Costa Rica

Katherine Mena Madrigal has been sharing her passion for tropical ecosystems and sea turtles with EPI students since 2013, and has taught in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Belize. She studied Natural Sciences and Environmental Education at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and also has a Masters degree in Organizational Development and Leadership. Since 2006 she has been involved with multicultural volunteer programs for local and international non-governmental organizations, both in Costa Rica... Learn More

Jimel Lopez

Instructor
Mexico

Jimel has a long and wonderful history with EPI. She began as a student on coursewith EPI Mexico, then became a dedicated and active EPI Californios Verdes Eco-club member, and is now an instructor with EPI Mexico. On top of all that, she has a degree in Alternative Tourism from the University of BCS and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. Excited by her position within the organization,... Learn More

Adriana Martinez

Instructor
Mexico

Born in Mexico, Adriana was fortunate enough to grow up with grandparents who instilled in her a respect and love for all forms of life and outdoor activities. Even at the age of twelve, she was working with local conservationists to protect sea turtles and local mangroves, a vital habitat for crocodiles. After several years of traveling and being a diving guide, Adriana earned a degree in Marine Biology from... Learn More

Andres Fiallo

Instructor
Mexico

Andrés Fiallo is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys being in touch with nature. He has worked as a national tour guide in Ecuador and is excited to join EPI for another season as an instructor in Mexico. When not at work with EPI, you can find Andrés mountain biking throughout beautiful trails with tourists and friends.... Learn More

Klavdija Jenko

Program Coordinator
Mainland Ecuador

Born in Slovenia, Klavdija worked as an EPI instructor for two years and is now the Program Coordinator of EPI's pilot Andes to Amazon program. Not only it is working with EPI challenging, life-changing, and fun, she also gets to travel to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. After working for EPI Belize, Galapagos, and Mexico, she is very excited to help implement EPI'... Learn More

Juan Carlos Montaño

Instructor
Galapagos

His fourth season with EPI, Juan Carlos (or Juanka as he's known at EPI) has always loved being outside. He graduated from the University of Tepeyac, in northern Mexico, with a degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques. He also has a postgraduate degree in Corporate Advertising. When he finished his studies, Juanka traveled to the coasts off Michoacan, Mexico, where he first started working with sea turtles.... Learn More

Adriana Díaz

Instructor
Costa Rica

Adriana was born in Alajuela, Costa Rica.  This will be her fourth season teaching with EPI Costa Rica. She's loved participating in sea turtle monitoring and has learned so much from her EPI family and students. Her interest in biology started at a very young age with an immediate attraction towards the natural beauty and secrecy of the Costa Rican rain forests. She pursued a degree in Tropical... Learn More

Joel Coronado

Instructor
Costa Rica, Mexico

Joel was born in Culiacan Sinaloa and moved to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico with his family when he was a child. At a young age, Joel developed an interest for the sciences. His interest led him to study Marine Biology in La Paz at the state university. His first contact with EPI was as a high school student when he participated with his school in an Island Ecology... Learn More

Juan Carlos Zuniga

Field Program and Outreach Facilitator
Costa Rica

Juan Carlos is a vertern EPI team member, having worked as an instructor in both Costa Rica and Mexico, and then moving to his current role as Field Program and Outreach Facilitator in Costa Rica in 2014. Originally from San Josè, Costa Rica, his academic background includes studies in biology at the University of Costa Rica where he also worked as a research assistant and lab instructor. He then... Learn More

Marcela Leon

Instructor
Costa Rica

Marcela has a General Tourist Guide license from INA and is currently working on her Naturalist Guide license. She is also attending the University of Costa Rica to pursue a degree in Geology. Marcela has worked as an Environmental Educator at FUNDECOR and has been a tour guide at INBio. She is excited to work for EPI, because she has always dreamed of combining her passions of nature and teaching.... Learn More

Sonia Recinos Brizuela

Instructor
Costa Rica

Originally from El Salvador, Sonia has been living in Costa Rica since 2011. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology with an emphasis on ecology and sustainable development from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. At a young age, she became interested in conservation biology, and over the years she's developed a passion and admiration for sea turtles. From 2011 to 2014, she was involved in sea turtle conservation programs... Learn More

Scott Pankratz

Executive Director & Co-founder
Missoula

Scott brings a passion for building innovative partnerships that create environmentally responsible citizens. Prior to EPI, Scott taught high school physics and biology and spent several seasons river guiding, ski patrolling, and leading wilderness trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School. After working on a sea turtle monitoring project with the National University of Costa Rica, EPI was conceived and then developed as Scott’s master’s thesis... Learn More

Katie Brady

Instructor
Belize

Katie grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York, but has been living in Jackson Hole, WY for the past year and a half teaching at Teton Science Schools. She has degrees in biology and music, and has worked as a laboratory technician and an assistant boat builder on Martha's Vineyard. Katie is thrilled to be teaching environmental education abroad and have the opportunity to draw... Learn More

Stanley Prendiz

Instructor
Costa Rica

Stan is an avid naturalist and environmentalist who has spent the last seven years working with environmental education projects around the country. With NGOs such as the National Biodiversity Institute, the Organization for Tropical Studies, and the Foundation for the Development of the Central Volcanic Range, he has led nearly a thousand educational tours in Costa Rica in order to create an awareness and respect for the environment in young... Learn More

Kayla Deventhal

Instructor
Costa Rica, Mexico

From her time as a youth in Connecticut to her travels around the world as an adult, Kayla has always been passionate about nature and the preservation of the world’s biodiversity. Over the years, she earned a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Connecticut and became certified in South African animal tracking and reptile safety while studying field ecology in Kruger National Park. Her travels... Learn More

Maria Cevallos

Instructor
Galapagos

Born in Ecuador, Maria started traveling the world at an early age, exploring Germany, South Africa, East Africa, and California. While earning a degree in Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University, she worked for Eco Students teaching environmental awareness and education.  She also assisted in ecological studies of rare species and habitat restoration with the National Park Service in Redwood National Park. This will be Maria's second... Learn More

Corey Constantino

Program Coordinator
Belize

Corey has been with EPI since 2014, first as an instructor in Belize, then as Belize Program Assistant, and now as Belize Program Coordinator. Corey grew up in Belize and first became interested in nature when he joined the Scout Association of Belize. As a scout, he spent his childhood traveling the country exploring the outdoors, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures. He then went on to complete... Learn More

Rebecca Levine

Instructor
Yellowstone

Rebecca spent most of her childhood in Minnesota and Rhode Island, but has been living in Swarthmore, PA for the last four years attending Swarthmore College. She participated in a NOLS Patagonia program after high school, where she was learned about teaching leadership skills, mountaineering, and sea kayaking. More recently she has been leading 1-4 week long canoeing and backpacking trips with YMCA Camp Widjiwagon in MN. Rebecca has... Learn More

Rocio Valentin-Gamazo

Instructor
Costa Rica

Rocio learned about EPI years ago during her internship at Pacuare Nature Reserve in Costa Rica where she studied sea turtles for four seasons, eventually becoming the reserve’s Research and Station Coordinator. Originally from Spain, Rocio has traveled the world performing and teaching science; she’s monitored trees in Panama, worked at a summer camp in Spain, studied in Switzerland, monitored an endemic frog in the Pyrenees,... Learn More

Andres Holgiun

Instructor
Mainland Ecuador

A native of Quito, Ecuador, Andres’s passion is sharing his love and knowledge of Ecuador while empowering indigenous communities to protect the ecosystems of their homeland. Andres has an engineering degree in ecotourism and is an experienced Ecuadorian naturalist. His Project Yakuatan – a water conservation awareness project – gained international attention and governmental support throughout South America. His second season with EPI, he's excited to continue... Learn More

Isaac Rojas

Instructor
Costa Rica

Isaac’s connection with EPI goes all the way back to 2005 when he was a high school student volunteering with EPI Costa Rica in San Jose. As a student, Isaac felt the impact conservation education can have firsthand and is now pursuing that passion both at University and by instructing with EPI. With a degree in biology from the University of Costa Rica, he is now finishing... Learn More

Emil Grinage

Instructor
Belize

Emil was born and raised in Belize, but grew up moving around to different parts of the country because his parents worked as Belizean Public Officers. After achieving an Associate's degree in Biology and Chemistry, Emil went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. He has also been lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons in Belize for the past six years. Water and water systems... Learn More

Andrea Gaume Amao

Program Manager
Mexico

Born and raised in La Paz, Andrea grew up exploring the Baja beaches, ranchos and beautiful natural areas of her home peninsula. Although her academic background has been in business and finance she has always been deeply involved in her community, volunteering with local foundations that support scholarships, nutrition and other educational programs for underprivileged children- in addition to mentoring and lecturing about... Learn More

Jake Person

Intern Instructor
Yellowstone

Born and raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Jake moved to Missoula to attend the University of Montana and hasn't left since. With a degree in Secondary Education (focusing in Biology), he has taught young adults with The Montana Natural History Center, Montana Conservation Corps, and The Clark Fork Coalition. Jake has seen first hand the impact conservation education can have on youth, especially when they learn about... Learn More

Luciana Klinge

Instructor
Mainland Ecuador

Luciana is originally from Peru, and now lives in Lima. She studied marine ecology in undergrad, and then pursued a Master's degree in marine and coastal geography. She's taught about many different marine topics, including whales, sea turtles, and invertebrates. Most recently, Luciana has  been conducting sea turtle research with an NGO she helped to co-found and who works in collaboration with projects in Venezuela, Mexico, Costa... Learn More

Connally Canto

Instructor, Program Assistant
Belize

A proud Belizian, Connally grew up in the Belize District and now lives outside of Belize City. She loves living outside of the city because of the abundant wildlife, starry skies, and peace and quiet. She has an extensive background in environmental work, with an associates in Environmental Science and a bachelors in Natural Resource Management. Now, she works in EPI's Belize office as the Program Assistant and an... Learn More

Karina Bautista

Instructor
Galapagos

Karina was born and raised in Cumbaya (Quito), back when it was still considered rural Ecuador. She's spent most of her adult life living on the Galapagos, but also some time pursuing her education in the United States. In the past 10 years, she's figured out that she is most happy and fulfilled when she is doing education. She has spent time teaching English and conservation in Thailand,... Learn More

Constanza Mora

Instructor
Belize

Born and raised in Mexico City, Constanza has been active in improving her local community since she was a teenager (she grew up volunteering for the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace). She has two Bachelors degrees, one in Biology and one in Economics, and also an Environmental Education certification from Hamline University in Minnesota. She's worked with Earthcorps in Seattle, Washington and with the Audubon Center of the North... Learn More

Nancy Orias

Instructor
Costa Rica

A proud Costarricense, Nancy has known she wanted to work as a Biologist since high school. Her favorite parts of biology are the birds and environmental education. Nancy did her graduate field work at Coco Island National Park, where she studied the impact of invasive species on native bird populations. She has worked as a tour guide and environmental educator around Costa Rica and has also... Learn More

Casey Valencia

Intern Instructor
Yellowstone

Originally from southwestern Colorado, Casey grew up adventuring in the Rocky Mountains and the arid southwestern deserts. She has been working as an environmental educator for a number of years and is currently pursing a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from University of Montana, specializing in environmental education.  She's also served as an AmeriCorps member in New Mexico and Montana, with experience leading interpretive guides around Montana... Learn More

Valeria Tamayo

Instructor
Galapagos

Valeria is passionate about contributing towards the well being of her local community and ecosystem. Originally from Quito, she has been living and working on the Galapagos Islands for the past seven years. Most recently, she served as the head of the Environmental Education Department at the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve. Working closely with a variety of different educational partners, she has seen first hand the lasting effect... Learn More

Catalina Gomez

Instructor
Costa Rica

Born and raise in Costa Rica, Catalina's been working the past four years with different foundations and companies specializing in environmental education, tourism, and other projects with young people. She studied Ecological Tourism at University of Costa Rica and is currently working on a degree in Administration of Non-Formal Education. Catalina believes EPI courses are great opportunities to capture the energy and creativity of youth and channel that towards... Learn More

Jose Andres Rodriguez

Instructor
Costa Rica

Born and raised in what used to be the small town of San Jose, Jose has lived his entire life in Costa Rica. He loves traveling around the country as part of his job as a biologist, and also just for fun! He has worked in a variety of fields, like architecture and even stockbrokering, but finally discovered that biology was his passion. Since then, he has been involved ... Learn More

Olivia Angell

Instructor
Hawaii

Born in California and raised in Loreto, Mexico, Olivia grew up in a family of avid naturalists who loved to sail and kayak in the Gulf of California. She loved Baja California so much she decided to study Marine Biology, specializing in pinnipeds (marine mammals like seals), and graduated cum laude. Olivia has been involved in EPI since high school, when she attended her first EPI course in... Learn More

Luke Wilde

Intern Instructor
Yellowstone

Born and raised in Butte, Montana, this will be Luke's first season with EPI. He has a degree in biology, with an emphasis in Wildlife Studies, from Gonzaga University. At Gonzaga he volunteered as an adventure guide and lead mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, and backpacking trips. Luke believes that science is one of the most powerful tools for understanding and respecting our world and can't wait to... Learn More


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