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Richard Carstensen

Richard Carstensen

Richard Carstensen is one the Tongass's leading naturalists, with extensive experience noting the unexpected details of the forest’s creatures, trees, and topography. He assists the Sitka Conservation Society with landscape analysis and GIS. He is the lead naturalist behind their Landmark Tree ...
Dr. Carl Safina
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Dr. Carl Safina

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Dr. Carl Safina is co-founder and president of Blue Ocean Institute, an international nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in East Norwich, New York. Safina is author of more than 100 articles and three books, including the award-winning Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, ...
Rosita Worl

Rosita Worl

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Rosita Worl is the president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, a member of the Alaska Federation of Natives board, and a teacher at the University of Alaska–Southeast. She has served on the board of Sealaska—a Southeast Alaskan Native corporation—since 1987, and is the current vice chair of ...
Ray Troll
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Ray Troll

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From his tree-top studio, high above the Tongass Narrows in rainswept Ketchikan Alaska, Ray Troll draws and paints fishy images that migrate into museums, books, and magazines. Basing his quirky, aquatic images on the latest scientific discoveries, Troll brings a street-smart sensibility to the ...
John Straley

John Straley

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John Straley is a novelist, poet, and criminal defense investigator. His first book, The Woman Who Married a Bear, won the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus award for Best Firs P.I. Novel of 1992. His third book, The Music of What Happens won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Northwest Mystery ...
John Schoen

John Schoen

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John Schoen grew up on an island off the Washington coast and received his Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from the University of Washington. John has been involved in wildlife conservation in Alaska since 1976 and currently serves as the senior scientist for Audubon Alaska in Anchorage. Prior to working ...
Brad Matsen

Brad Matsen

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Brad Matsen has been writing books, documentary films scripts, and magazine articles for thirty years. His latest book is Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss, the story of William Beebe, Otis Barton, and their courageous Bathysphere expeditions in the 1930s. He also contributed the ...
Douglas H. Chadwick

Douglas H. Chadwick

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Wildlife biologist Douglas H. Chadwick has traveled the globe reporting on wildlife and conservation, from the Congo headwaters to Siberia to the Great Barrier Reef. He is the critically acclaimed author of The Fate of the Elephant, A Beast the Color of Winter, and True Grizz, as well as The ...