Audrey Benedict is the founder and Director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists. Trained as a biologist and geologist,
Audrey has guided groups in the field and at sea for more than thirty years, drawing on her broad knowledge of mountain and oceanic environments in many parts of the world. She is the author, with photographers Rozinski and Shattil, of Valley of the Dunes: Great Sand Dunes National Park (2010), and The Naturalist’s Guide to the Southern Rockies (2008).
Sarah Drummond is a naturalist/artist who grew
up traveling with Cloud Ridge. She received a
B.A. from Maine’s College of the Atlantic, where
her studies emphasized ecology, island ecosystems,
and art. Awarded a Thomas J. Watson Foundation
research fellowship, Sarah spent a year
traveling to Argentina, French Polynesia, New
Zealand, Australia, and Greenland "following in
the footsteps" of artists who accompanied major
exploratory expeditions. She is an adjunct faculty
member at COA and currently completing a Masters
in Environmental Studies at Prescott College.
Sarah spends her summers as a naturalist/kayak
guide on the M/V Catalyst in Southeast Alaska.
Visit her gallery at www.sarahdrummondart.com.
Dr. Emmett Evanoff is Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of Northern Colorado, and a Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the University of Colorado Museum. His research has focused on the study of paleoenvironments—the “story behind the scenery.” Emmett brings to his teaching a tremendous knowledge of regional geology and a contagious enthusiasm for the geologic events that have shaped western landscapes.
is a writer, illustrator, naturalist,
wild harvester, teacher, and coastal traveler. Calling
land her second home, Jenny has 30 years of
wilderness travel, including guiding natural history
trips by sea kayak in the San Juan Islands for
21 years, solo-kayaking from Alaska to Washington,
thru-hiking 1100 miles on the Pacific Crest
Trail, and many seasons guiding in Southeast
Alaska. She is author of the award-winning
Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through the Inside
Passage, and Pacific Feast: A Cook's Guide to
West Coast Foraging and Cuisine, a delightful
melange of wild foraging adventures, field guide
notes and color photos, conservation, and 65 fabulous
recipes from chefs from Alaska to California.
Marilyn Hailbronner’s drawings—rendered in pen and ink and color wash—grace Cloud Ridge’s brochure and website. They are a reflection of her love for the natural world and her passion for conservation. Marilyn works aboard the M/V Sea Wolf as a naturalist/kayak guide in Glacier Bay. Her dual role as a medic for Cloud Ridge has taken her to remote wilderness areas around the world. Visit Marilyn’s website at www.wildinkwell.com.
Dr. Geoff Hammerson
is Senior Research Zoologist
for NatureServe and lives in Port Townsend,
WA. He is the author of the definitive
Amphibians and Reptiles in Colorado, as well as
Connecticut Wildlife. Geoff also teaches popular
courses in field ecology at Wesleyan University in
Connecticut. He is an outstanding field zoologist
and teacher, always adding new dimensions to his
natural history expertise, and is known for his
ability to coax the most reluctant animal to share
its secrets with an appreciative audience.
Dr. Yan Linhart
is Professor of Biology, Emeritus
at the University of Colorado. His research
and teaching focus on the ecology and evolution
of plants, the genetics, ecology, and biogeography
of forest trees, and the interactions between
plants, their pollinators and parasites. To answer
these questions, Yan has conducted field research
in North America, Central America, and Europe.
He is also a passionate advocate of the need to
incorporate evolutionary thinking in conservation
biology and ecosystem restoration. Yan is an
exceptional teacher and is known for his ability to
convey the magic of evolutionary biology.
wears many hats—owner of the
M/V Sea Wolf and Sea Wolf Adventures, Captain,
expert naturalist, and conservationist. Her passion
for Alaska and its wildlife is unsurpassed and is
reflected in her mission to make the Sea Wolf a
platform for conservation education throughout
the Pacific Northwest. Kimber’s early experience
in creating "Leap of Faith," a therapeutic riding
center in Texas, inspired her retrofit of the Sea
Wolf—total accessibility in the service of
wilderness education without barriers!
Carol Passera is one of Argentina’s foremost naturalist guides, and resides with her writer/naturalist husband, Carlos Passera, in Puerto Madryn, on Patagonia’s Atlantic coast. Their ecotourism company, Causana Viajes, is involved in conservation and educational efforts throughout Patagonia. Carol is of Welsh/Scottish descent, her great great grandmother having been among the first Welsh immigrants to settle in Patagonia’s Chubut Valley in the 1880’s. Carol’s great knowledge of Argentina’s natural and cultural history makes her an inspired and inspiring tour leader. Her passion for all things “Patagonian” is contagious—her expertise unsurpassed!
Bob Rozinski & Wendy Shattil are the rarest of
species—full-time professional nature photographers.
They have worked individually and as a
team for more than 30 years and are known
world-wide for their award-winning images and
reputation as environmental photographers of endangered
species and at-risk ecosystems throughout
North America.They have produced twelve
books, and their images have appeared in National
Wildlife, Audubon, Nature Conservancy,
BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, National Geographic
publications, and many others. As members of the
International League of Conservation Photographers
they have participated in several Rapid
Visual Assessment Expeditions, documenting
areas of critical environmental concern, such as
wildlife habitat impacts of the border wall in the
Lower Rio Grande Valley and the effects of gas
field development on wildlife migration corridors
and wildlife habitat in Wyoming’s Red Desert.
Dr. Mike Scott is Senior Research Ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, a member of the Degree Program in Ecology at Colorado State University, and the Watershed Sciences Dept. at Utah State University. His research focuses on the biology and ecology of cottonwoods and other riparian tree species of the Colorado River System, and on efforts to develop a predictive understanding of how western riparian vegetation responds to human-induced changes in stream flow. Mike is an excellent field teacher, and has a marvelous talent for sharing his broad knowledge of rivers.
Deb Tewell and Fran Enright
unique fiber art skills for "Weaving Andean
Stories." Deb brings her passion for combining
art with inspiration from nature. She’s studied
with master felt artists and taught others the craft,
including workshops in 3-dimensional felt forms.
Her portfolio includes flatwork (scarves and
shawls) and dimensional felt (purses, hats, etc.),
winning recognition at the Taos Wool Festival.
Fran is a retired biology teacher, as well as an
ardent birder, botanist, and conservationist. She’s
studied with master felt artists and has taught felting
in Colorado and Argentina. Her portfolio includes
nuno felting, felted fabric, and dimensional
felt, and her work has been exhibited at the Boulder
Handweaver’s Guild and Weaving Southwest.
Dr. Ed Wick has studied the biology, behavioral ecology, and habitat requirements of the Colorado pikeminnow (squawfish), humpback chub, and razorback sucker for more than 35 years. As both a private research consultant and in cooperation with numerous governmental agencies, Ed has focused his research efforts on the Yampa, Green, Little Snake, White, and Colorado Rivers. He is an extraordinary field teacher—an eloquent and compelling spokesman for the
conservation of the native fish of the Colorado River System.