Mary Bricker is an ecologist with a passion for natural history and and teaching. She has worked with students in the classroom, in school gardens and local natural areas, and on backpacking and sea kayaking wilderness trips. Her ecology research on species interactions has given her the perfect excuse to get her boots muddy in a wide range of locations and ecosystems: temperate rainforests in Oregon, tropical forests of Central America and East Africa, and western Montana prairies in all seasons.
Mary earned a B.A. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College and PhD in Ecology from the University of Montana. Before working with Forest Voices, she taught as an assistant professor of Biology at Pacific University in Oregon. Mary's CV.
Noah Jackson is a conservation consultant and storyteller whose work combines photography, writing, and new media to document conservation and community issues. He has worked in Asia and Africa for over a decade, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer, and continuing through graduate work, a Fulbright fellowship, independent projects, and as an auditor and farmer trainer for the Rainforest Alliance. His storytelling work can be found in publications such as the National Geographic Traveler, the Rainforest Alliance Blog and Canopy newsletter.
Noah holds a BA in Anthropology and Environmental studies with a minor in Biology, from Bowdoin College, and a MS from the University of Montana School of Forestry. Noah's CV.
Eko Purnomowidi started working in Kalimantan, Indonesia clearing roads. Not long after, he moved to a village in Sumatra, where he began studying farmer challenges, local weather, pest and disease, and the culture of coffee. He honed his storytelling skills by organizing farmers, and photographing the coffee culture. After he worked in Northern Sumatra to help setup a coffee operations for a coffee exporter, he has moved on to working with small groups of farmers in Sumatra, Java, Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia. We are proud to have him and his cooperative team, that understand coffee culture, environmental stewardship and community so well. Eko is currently the head of Sunda Hejo Klasik Beans Cooperative in Java, Indonesia where we run our Storytelling for Action in the Coffee Lands Course. See this short video of him and his team here.