Gloria M. Luque is ACS's lead scientist. She supports many of ACS’s projects by leading data collection, statistical analyses, and synthesis. She earned a Ph.D. from University of Córdoba, and held a post-doctoral position at Ohio State University and a Marie Curie Fellowship at University of South Paris. Prior to joining ACS, Gloria held a research position with the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) at University of South Paris Her recent work is focused on providing statistical, modeling, and scientific support to projects focused on seafood fraud and expert elicitation surveys. Gloria is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. She is based in Córdoba, Spain.
Stefan Gelcich is an Associate Professor at the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile where he studies the social-ecological dimensions of environmental conservation and marine fisheries management. Much of Stefan’s work is focused on the interplay between ecological and governance determinants in implementing and effectively managing protected areas. He also has a long-standing interest on the links between fisheries management, biodiversity conservation, and environmental attitudes of stakeholders. Stefan’s conservation efforts have generally involved the creation of demonstration-scale experiments and learning platforms for conservation. Foremost among these has been the creation of a new conservation model in Chile that involves the participation of fisher unions, academics, and local councils in the creation of protected areas. He is a regional councilor for Global Green Grants, an environmental NGO that awards small grants to grassroots movements engaging in environmental issues, and was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation in 2014.
Michael Sorice is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech University. His research focuses on individual and group human behavior as it relates to environmental stewardship and conservation. His work is situated in the social dilemma framework in which conservation over the long term is considered essential to sustaining human well-being; yet, people opt instead for their short-term self interest. He has experience in a wide variety of topics including outdoor recreation, nature-based tourism, ecosystem-based management, endangered species, and private lands conservation. For the past ten years, Michael has been applying social-psychological theories and methodologies to natural resource issues to assist with conservation-related planning and decision-making. He travels regularly to Cambodia to visit his in-laws.
Cristián Pérez-Navarro is an Architectural Designer and Urbanist, with over 15 years of architectural design and sustainable urban planning experience in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has worked in Paris with Renzo Piano (Pritzker Prize laureate and sustainable design pioneer) and was an Associate Partner with ZGF Architects in Washington, USA. In 2010, Cristián founded Global·Nomad, a platform to accelerate sustainable land planning, low environmental-impact building design, and resilient communities. Cristián focuses on creating and mixing tools to empower collaboration and co-creation, and using entrepreneurship as a strategy for result-driven bottom-up development, both in urban and high environmental value regions of the Americas.
Damien Newman is a Design Strategist and Researcher. With a focus on social innovation and entrepreneurship, Damien works with foundations, NGOs, and social entrepreneurs to invent products, services, experiences, and new businesses for positive social and environmental impact. Over the past three decades, he led design projects in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and has held leadership positions with IDEO, Frog Design, and Studio Archetype. Damien teaches regularly at Stanford University’s Graduate Design Program and is the author of the Designer's Guide to Brand Strategy and the Design Squiggle. For the past ten years, Damien has been focused on design-oriented projects that seek to define and understand complex socio-environmental systems and solve problems within them.
A native of Costa Rica, Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez is an ornithologist whose research focuses on the impacts of environmental changes on bird populations in Latin America. She is a staff quantitative ecologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Prior to returning to Cornell, where she earned her Ph.D., she was a senior scientist at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and a researcher in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Viviana spends much of her time supporting capacity building efforts of the Lab's Neotropical Conservation Initiative Program.
Will Nielsen works on the interconnectivity of our actions and the impacts of those actions. He is a consultant on various impact-oriented projects, including work with the World Bank, the impact accounting firm Ecotone Analytics , a Latin American think tank, a social enterprise in Pakistan. Will focuses on supporting various stakeholders to understand and maximize their positive impact. He received an MPA from Cornell University, graduating as an Environmental Finance and Impact Investing Fellow, and received his BS from the University of Minnesota in Applied Economics.
Anna Santo is a research assistant in the Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation department at Virginia Tech University. She is interested in the role people play in environmental conservation. For ACS, she helps us conduct survey-based and ethnographic research. She earned an M.S. at Virginia Tech studying ranchers’ attitudes and beliefs about invasive beavers in Tierra del Fuego. She has broad experience working in the fields of nonprofit development, environmental education and watershed management. Anna lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Alfredo Sfeir is the founder and president of Shellcatch, which focuses on improving the lives of fishers by connecting them to a sustainable and productive chain of certified ocean products. Access to mobile technology and local markets can give fishermen a strategic commercial advantage, and improve their income while protecting their coasts. At the core of Shellcatch is an advanced traceability system that integrates cutting edge wireless technologies to trace fish from the boat through the landing and the production process. Shellcatch provides a service to consumers, restaurants, intermediaries, and governments for full source verification traceability. Shellcatch is currently servicing fishing cooperatives in Chile that represent over 1500 fishers that commercialize over 15 species, and has established relationships with a suite of Chilean and international distributors and exporters. It also has active projects in Mexico and Peru. Prior to Shellcatch, Alfredo started two successful social ventures in Chile and was the Managing Director of Endeavor-Chile, Inc., a leading global high-impact entrepreneurship organization.
Chris Wilcox Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, stationed in Hobart, Tasmania. His research covers a wide range of topics in population management including control of invasive species, conservation of threatened biodiversity, and management of commercial and recreational harvesting. His work integrates field data, statistical analysis and predictive models to synthesize information to support decision-making. His research is currently focused in two primary areas: a) evaluation of sources, impacts and solutions for plastic pollution in the ocean; and b) development of improved analytical tools for addressing illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.