Team and Collaborators

The WILD Cities campaign includes the voices and minds of a wide range of people. The team includes specific project leaders in targeted areas, issue advisers, and campaign and policy advocates – each contributing to the collective resource and inspiration cabinet.

Tim Nickles

Tim Nickles

Project Director - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, Tim developed an intimate relationship with wilderness from an early age. Completing a B.A. and M.S. in Molecular Biology first in Oregon then in Colorado sharpened his already strong appreciation for wild nature. In addition to founding a non-profit to coordinate a community-based response to the disastrous flooding in Boulder, CO in 2013, Tim has served non-profits as the Program Director for Boulder Adventure Film and the Editor for the American Whitewater Journal. Tim brings a keen sense of how important wilderness is for the preservation of this world as well as the possibility to live healthy, fulfilled lives within it. As Director of WILD Cities, Tim will be leading the development of global partnerships and collaborations to regenerate and celebrate wild nature in and around urban environments for the benefit of the animals (including the humans) who live in them.

An avid mountain athlete, Tim has skied, biked, climbed, and kayaked all over the world with a special appreciation for the Alps near Chamonix, France.

Erin Hauer

Erin Hauer

Intern - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Erin is an aspiring landscape architect who is motivated to improve urban livability for humans and wildlife.   She believes that nature is at the core of livability, and is inspired by the idea of ‘native cities’: where people feel a sense of home in nature.  During her Bachelor of Environmental Design studies at CU Boulder, Erin spent time abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has since studied river restoration at Portland State University, Oregon.  Erin’s research focuses on ecological design and sense of place.

She is currently involved with WILD and the Boulder Bear Coalition on a pilot project to reduce urban bear and human-wildlife conflict by planting native forage buffers in Boulder’s montane conservation habitat.  She is grateful for this partnership, and is pursuing opportunities to become an active professional in the field of restorative landscape design.  Her favorite activity is watercolor painting while out in nature, especially hiking through the mountains and in Southwestern landscapes.

Jon Mobeck

Jon Mobeck

Advisor - Jackson, Wyoming, USA

Jon grew up near Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he developed a passion for nature and a love of outdoor adventure in a state with a wild tradition. Jon currently serves as executive director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Prior to that role, he directed The WILD Foundation’s partnerships and collaborative conservation programs before focusing exclusively on the WILD Cities campaign from July to December 2015. From 2012-2014, he served as executive director of The Murie Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, where he helped educate and inspire hundreds of environmental leaders and thousands of visitors. He enjoys wandering in wild places, talking about nature, wildlife, art, and playing hockey.

Nancy Billica

Nancy Billica

Advisor - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Nancy has lived, worked and traveled in many large cities, but she knows that remaining connected to nature is what keeps her healthy, happy and sane.  She joins the WILD Cities Project eager to build support for global collaboration centered on protecting and advancing wild nature in and around urban areas.  Coming from the field of political science, she has used her research and organizing skills in a variety of public policy and non-profit organizations focused on environmental, human rights, and related issues.  She also teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder and enjoys working with students who are trying to figure out how they can make a positive impact in the world.  She earned her BA from the University of California at Berkeley, her MA from the University of Arizona, and her PhD in political science from Harvard University in 1997. Some of her hands-on knowledge of politics was gained while working for several years as a research assistant in the U.S. Senate.  Nancy loves being outside hiking, biking, watching wildlife and poking around the garden.

Daniela Uribe

Daniela Uribe

Advisor - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Daniela was born and raised in Pereira, Colombia, where she developed a deep appreciation for wilderness and an interest in the intersection of environmental and social issues. She has spent time working around the world, including in Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and most recently the Chilean Patagonia. While in Patagonia she co-founded the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund, a collaborative initiative of private and public entities now working together to harness the power of tourism to support positive change in the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park and the surrounding community. She comes to the WILD Cities Project with great excitement to catalyze interdisciplinary, cross-sector work in cities throughout the Americas. Daniela graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations and a minor in African Studies.

Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson

Advisor - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For two decades, Simon Jackson was the leading advocate for the protection of the highly endangered white Kermode or spirit bear on Canada’s west coast. At the age of 13, he founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and grew it into the largest youth-led environmental initiative in the world, growing it into a movement of more than six million. The campaign ultimately succeeded with the establishment of the largest land protection measure in North American history. For his efforts, Simon‎ has received several honours, including being awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, being named as one of the 100 Angels of the Earth by UNESCO and, most notably, being honoured as one of Time Magazine’s sixty Heroes for the Planet – one of only six young people selected from around the world.  His life’s work was the focus of an internationally televised movie-of-the-week – Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story. Today, as co-founder of GhostBearPhotography.com and as a speaker, author and strategist, Simon passionately advocates for a better balance between the needs of people and the rest of nature. By supporting the WILD Cities Project, Simon hopes that rising leaders from urban centres across the world can learn from his experiences as a movement builder and begin to re-establish a new vision for nature within their own backyards.

Jill Cooper

Jill Cooper

Advisor - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jill is an educator and photographer from Toronto, Canada and has spent over a decade educating youth, with a focus on geography, geology, urban planning, and media arts. Her background is in urban planning, geography, program design, and teaching students ranging from grade 4 to 12. Jill has advised organizations such as the Jane Goodall Institute on school resources and has developed critically acclaimed education programs for WILD10 (the 10th World Wilderness Congress) and the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. Aside from teaching in a classroom setting, Jill has led outreach excursions both within the community, as well as abroad. She enjoys capturing images of wildlife in an urban setting when in Toronto, and spends her summers in Yellowstone National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Jill runs an education platform with her husband, Simon Jackson – Ghost Bear Photography, and contributes her images and content to promote a love of nature and wilderness both in and out of an urban setting.

Amy Marquis

Amy Marquis

Independent Filmmaking - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Amy Marquis is an award-winning director and producer who has earned front-row access to America’s greatest landscapes and the people connected to them, thanks to her work as the founder and co-director of National Park Experience (NPX), an independent film series celebrating powerful and culturally diverse human experiences in the national parks. The series’ debut film, “Love in the Tetons,” toured with Banff, Mountainfilm, and Wild and Scenic Film Festivals. She also directs and produces content for a variety of clients, including The New York Times’ T-Brand Studios, WILD Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, and American Rivers. She is the founder and editor of The Digital Naturalist, a blog and consulting company dedicated to improving the quality of advocacy video storytelling. Her ability to forge strong and trusted relationships with her subjects results in powerful, in-depth interviews that drive compelling and authentic films. See her work at www.npexperience.com.

Dana Romanoff

Dana Romanoff

Visual Storytelling - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Dana is an internationally acclaimed visual storyteller who combines her background in anthropology and Masters in Visual Communications with her passion for people and the environment to produce intimate and compelling stories in photography and film. Her images grace the pages of publications including National Geographic, The New York Times and GEO Magazine and her films appear on screens worldwide. Dana is the Co-Director and Director of Photography of National Park Experience (NPX) whose debut film “Love in The Tetons” is currently touring worldwide, inviting viewers to experience different perspectives of the national parks and the diversity of stories within them. Dana has won numerous awards and received recognition for her work including Pictures of the Year International, the Anthropographia Multimedia & Human Rights Award, runner up for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service, finalist for the OSI Audience Engagement Award and receiving the Blue Earth Alliance Award acknowledging her documentary work “No Man’s Land: The Women of Mexico” to inspire social and environmental change.  Dana’s work is colorful, layered, and soulful, and creates relationships and reveals inner lives. She believes that photography and film have the power to break down barriers whether they are across oceans or between backyards. See her work at http://www.danaromanoff.com/.

Justin Bogardus

Justin Bogardus

Creative Multimedia - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Justin is an award-winning director and producer, telling stories and creating films that connect with audiences and important movements in conservation, social justice, and culture. Justin is the founder of Dream Tree Film and Productions, which recently created an award-winning short-film comedy series, called Nature Rx. Accepted at over 30 film festivals worldwide (including Telluride Mountainfilm and LA Comedy Film Festival) and awarded 6 best short awards, Nature Rx – Parts 1, 2, & 3 offer a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors – two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Watch and discover more at nature-rx.org. From the Discovery channel to billion dollar non-profit institutions, Justin creates innovative, compelling, and inspiring content for clients and audiences. His films and shorts have been recognized for their strength in connecting and inspiring the human spirit.

Jamie Cornelius

Jamie Cornelius

Advisor - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Jamie is an assistant professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University. For field biologists like Jamie, observing animals in their natural environment is a fascinating, challenging, frustrating and often highly rewarding endeavor. Her lab investigates behavioral and physiological responses to environmental change with an emphasis on species that cope with high degrees of unpredictability. Jamie utilizes experimental field approaches and controlled captive studies to investigate diverse yet interconnected research topics including molt, migration, reproduction, winter adaptation, metabolism and stress in birds. Her broader goals are to foster creative thought, to help people engage with and directly experience the scientific process and to encourage a passion for natural history and field biology.

Taylor Chapple

Taylor Chapple

Advisor - Stanford, California, USA

Taylor is a research scientist at Stanford University working to increase our understanding and appreciation of sharks on the local and global scales. His research focuses on the movements, energetics and behavior of highly nomadic species, notably the white shark.  Taylor is focused on shifting the current mantra from fear and apprehension of sharks to one of awe and inspiration – there is more to sharks than just pointy teeth. He has worked all over the planet engaging people, through television, magazines and technology, to think differently about predators.

Shardul Bajikar

Shardul Bajikar

Advisor - Mumbai, India

Naturalist at heart, Shardul has been closely associated with the outdoors for the last 15 years and has been in the field of natural history, conservation and science publications for the last decade. Along with his friends and the National Education Foundation, Pune, he recently launched a first of its kind magazine in India called Adventure – sports and beyond. He served as the Head of Natural History and Conservation Photography of Sanctuary Magazine and was also the Editor of Natural History for Saevus Wildlife Magazine. His primary academic pursuit is about fig trees and the role they play in sustaining an ecosystem. An ardent lover of plants, his study focuses around plant – animal interactions and he makes it a point to spread awareness and help share his passion with people at large. Shardul is closely associated with Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai and he helps the park management formulate and execute new outreach and conservation education plans. A fig tree which stands in Shardul’s building compound is active on twitter (@FigTreeDahisar) and keeps communicating natural history and the tree’s perception of the world around it.

Daniel Raven-Ellison

Daniel Raven-Ellison

Urban Explorer, Geographer and Advocate - London, England

Daniel is a father, husband, educator, guerrilla geographer, explorer, experimenter, activist, feminist, author, drummer, Director of Explorer HQ and Topolocus Limited, a creator Mission:Explore and a lead partner in The Geography Collective. He is also one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers.

Among several projects, Daniel is leading the Greater London National Park City Initiative to establish London as the world’s first National Park City. His Urban Earth project, which he started in 2007, is a creative walking navigation and documentation of our planet’s cities. Along with friends at Explorer HQ, Daniel created Mission:Explore – a project to help increase the number of children benefiting from outdoor play, learning and exploration.

Benjamin Bentil

Benjamin Bentil

Advisor - Accra, Ghana

Benjamin is a trained agronomist and a post-harvest specialist. He holds an MSc degree in post-harvest technology and is currently pursuing a PHD in post-harvest technology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. Benjamin has worked for nearly two decades in agribusiness with state and private organizations in Ghana such as the Ministry of Food & Agriculture, Ghana Cocoa Board, Caltech ltd, Adom Biofuels and is currently the CEO of Savannah Agro Industrial Company ltd (SAICOL) engaging in processing of farm produce and agribusiness consultancy. Aside his official duty, Benjamin is engaged in activities that are geared towards promoting, conserving and regeneration of wild nature in the urban environment in Ghana. Degradation of the greenery through pollution due to urbanization has been his primary concern.

Emma Hutchinson

Emma Hutchinson

Advisor - Stanford, California

In the fall of 2015, Emma enters her junior year at Stanford University, where she is studying Earth Systems and Economics. Her fundamental passion lies in communicating science to the public, which she plans to apply in the fields of environmental policy, journalism, and community development. Emma has given a TEDx talk in Denver, worked at the EPA Region 8 Headquarters, conducted climate research at Stanford, and blogged for Kuli Kuli Foods in Oakland. Although she is from Boulder, Colorado, she grew up around the world, living overseas in Australia and Brazil. Experiencing different environments and cultures from a young age gave her a great sense for how small our planet really is. She has experienced many wild and beautiful places in her life, including a recent sailing expedition from Tahiti to Hawaii, and to the incredible coral reefs of Palau. Through her writing, she aims to enhance public understanding and connection to nature, just as her experiences have fueled her passion for sustaining and improving the environment for future generations.

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