Bruce Barcott, a former Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction, is a contributing editor at On Earth and Outside magazines and the author of The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw and The Measure of a Mountain. His articles on science, the environment, and public policy appear in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the Atlantic Monthly, and other publications. His work has been widely anthologized, nominated for the National Magazine Award, awarded the Society of Environmental Journalists’ highest honor, and taught in college classrooms nationwide.
His latest book, Weed the People: A Journey into America’s Legalized Future, examines the changing legal, cultural, and social landscape in Washington, Colorado, and across the country as marijuana legalization takes hold in an ever- growing number of states. He lives near Seattle with his wife, memoirist Claire Dederer, and their two children.
Philippe Cousteau is a prominent leader in the environmental movement whose life mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world. He has hosted television series for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Animal Planet, and Discovery Channel. He is currently the host of the television series Awesome Planet and a special correspondent for CNN International.
He has co-written many books, including Going Blue and Make a Splash, both of which have won multiple awards. He is the founder of EarthEcho International, an environmental, education organization that is equipping youth with the knowledge to understand environmental challenges, the critical-thinking skills to solve them, and the motivation to do so. He and his wife, fellow adventurer Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles, California.
Exequiel Ezcurra is a Mexican ecologist with a doctorate from the University of North Wales. In the 1970s he developed the first environmental impact assessment studies in Mexico, where his innovative approach and original methodologies set the foundations for novel legislation on environmental impact mitigation. He has published more than two hundred research papers, essays, books, and book chapters and developed the scientific script of the film Ocean Oasis, winner of the Jackson Hole and the BBC Wildscreen awards.
He was honored with the 1994 Conservation Biology Award and the 2006 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, among many other awards. He chaired the Scientific Committee of the CITES Convention and was president of Mexico’s National Institute of Ecology. Currently, he is the director of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and professor of ecology at University of California–Riverside.
Journalist Bonnie Henderson has had a long career in newspapers, magazines, and public relations for nonprofit organizations. Currently she is a freelance writer and editor focused on exploring the intersection of the natural world and the human experience close to home. She is the author of four books: The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast, Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris, and two hiking guidebooks, including Day Hiking Oregon Coast. She divides her time between the Oregon Coast and her home in Eugene, Oregon.
Jon Hoekstra is Executive Director of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, where he is responsible for inspiring action to conserve and enhance the Mountains to Sound Greenway, an iconic 1.5 million acre landscape stretching from Puget Sound to Central Washington. Jon previously served as a Senior Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and Chief Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund. He is the lead author of The Atlas of Global Conservation and has published numerous scientific articles on diverse issues including endangered butterfly species, conservation planning, Chinook salmon, climate change adaptation, global habitat loss and protected areas, and conservation return-on-investment. He holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and a doctorate from the University of Washington, where he maintains a faculty appointment. Jon lives in Seattle with his wife and their two dogs, and enjoys traveling along the Wild Edge whenever he can to see wildlife on the move.