New Roots Foundation has been working with 22 communities across the Laguna Brava watershed for decades. To better inform several ecotourism projects that are currently in development, I traveled to the far reaches of Huehuetenango to get to document how the lakeside communities are navigating the recent tourism boom. From this trip we were able … More survey trip to laguna brava
Thanks to a new partnership with the Rainforest Alliance in Guatemala, New Roots Foundation is able to connect ecotourism, reforestation, and sustainable forest management projects with parallel projects in other regions of Guatemala. The NRF executive team traveled to Petén with Rainforest Alliance leadership to for several days to explore sustainable agroforestry, harvesting certified forest … More knowledge-sharing trip with the rainforest alliance
In the wake of the violent eruption of the Vocano Fuego just 19km away from Antigua on June 2nd, 2018, there were people suffering from burns, from inhaling toxic gases and smoke, and who were suddenly cut off from their normal medications. Thousands had been displaced and hundreds injured as a result of the eruption. … More coordinated volcano disaster relief efforts
In coordination with researchers and data scientists at Global Forest Watch / World Resources Institute, my task was to design a rapid-response system for real-time deforestation alerts, crowdsource information within the GFW network to investigate the cause and effects of the deforestation, and produce insightful storytelling via timely publications. Quote from the Global Forest Watch … More places to watch: designing rapid response to deforestation alerts
This October, Global Forest Watch sent me to Tarapoto, Peru, to give a two-day journalist training in partnership with Ojo Público. We covered the basics of satellite mapping, how to use the free, open-source Global Forest Watch platform to identify and create data-driven stories, and focused on the new Forest Watcher mobile application. After a … More training journalists in the peruvian amazon
I had the honor of coordinating a new partnership between New Roots Foundation and One Tree Planted, resulting in the first round of planting of over 7,000 trees in our partner communities of San Andres Osuna and San Vicente Los Cimientos. These trees not only reforest the area, they will also provide sustainable income to … More thousands of trees planted in guatemalan communities
The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation had their summit in Merida, Mexico this year, and I was lucky enough to join the ATBC Council for several days in order to rethink their communications strategy. After several hours leading an amazing workshop (what an awesome group!!) it felt like everyone was inspired to take part … More redesigning communications with ATBC
In July 2017 I had the pleasure of leading back-to-back Global Forest Watch trainings in Mexico City; one with a large group of civil society organizations interested in issues relating to forests, and another with an impressive group of journalists looking to use data visualization in their environmentally-related stories. The workshops were in partnership with … More training journalists and civil society in mexico
I have definitely felt my concept of “homeland” to be split between California and Guatemala during my life. When I was a kid we lived here off and on for long periods of time; I went to school here, I made my first lifelong friends here, I matured here, and now I have returned here! I’ve … More relocated to antigua, guatemala
How do you take 12 of the most technologically innovative groups in the realm of environmental monitoring, squeeze them into a corner of the Palais de Congres in Paris, and create a space that is all about interaction and inspiration? That is exactly what my colleague at CIFOR and I were working out for months. … More designing the landscapes laboratory
How much carbon is released by tropical deforestation? A LOT. For the international climate conference in Paris, I teamed up with artist Jamie Denburg, the Global Landscapes Forum and my team of insanely smart experts at World Resources Institute to visualize carbon emissions through something wonderfully tangible: balloons. We literally took high-resolution satellite imagery of … More follow the carbon
Curated satellite images for TAP Review Volume 5, Issue 2. See the full issue here or the snippet below: From Cell Phone Camera to Satellite Sensor Humans have long been intrigued with the bird’s-eye view of their world. The first aerial photographs were made from hot-air balloons in the nineteenth century. In the twentieth, photographs … More trans asia photography review: from cell phone camera to satellite sensor
Finally got my grant! Have been living in Accra for a month already, working on Access to Information, Oil Transparency, communications, and a partnership between GIIP and CDD!
The video I produced, wrote, and directed for The Access Initiative won the 2012 EthicMark Video Award. Thanks and congratulations to everyone who helped!