Brian Gratwicke leads the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s amphibian conservation program. His research program is focused on finding way to mitigate the threat of chytridiomycosis, a devastating amphibian disease that has been implicated in the recent extinctions of amphibian species around the world. Brian designed and spearheaded the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project that has facilities in Panama housing ex-situ assurance populations of 12 amphibian species in danger of extinction.
Heidi Kretser using tools and perspectives from the social sciences to incorporate the human dimensions of natural resource policy and management into applied conservation research, planning, and decision-making. Heidi’s current projects include creating effective communication that generates action on topics as varied as wildlife trafficking and white-nose syndrome, devising strategies for reducing the impacts of low-density rural development on wildlife, and building collaborative approaches for increasing capacity and achieving conservation outcomes across diverse constituents.
Dr. Milder is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist whose work focuses on developing and evaluating cutting-edge strategies to improve the integration of food and fiber production, ecosystem conservation, and human wellbeing in rural landscapes. In his primary role as Chief Scientist at Rainforest Alliance, he works to develop science-based sustainability standards, programs, and strategies to support the organization’s mission of conserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods by transforming land use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.