Gretel Ehrlich is the author of thirteen books including The Solace of Open Spaces, This Cold Heaven, and Facing the Wave, nominated for a National Book Award. Her many honors include a Guggenheim, a PEN USA Award for Nonfiction, and the Henry David Thoreau Award for Nature Writing. She has lived on the eastern, southeastern, and northern edges of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem for forty-three years, and with Joe Riis, has followed the spring migrations of pronghorn, moose, elk, and mule deer.
Thomas Lovejoy coined the term “biological diversity” and is credited as a founder of the field of climate change biology. In 2010, he was elected University Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University. He is Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation based in Washington, DC, and Conservation Fellow for National Geographic. Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. His seminal ideas have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. In the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rainforests, and in particular, the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965. He also founded the popular public television series Nature.
Prestigious awards he has won include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, and the Blue Planet Prize.
Lovejoy earned his biology degrees from Yale University.
Emilene Ostlind is a Wyoming-based environmental journalist. She has contributed to publications including National Geographic, High Country News, WyoFile.com, Wyoming Wildlife, the Patagonia blog The Cleanest Line, and others. Her story “Perilous Passages,” with photography and field work by Joe Riis, won the 2012 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers and the 2012 Knight-Risser Prize for Environmental Journalism in the West from Stanford University. Emilene is founding editor of the University of Wyoming’s Western Confluence magazine and editor for the Wyoming Migration Initiative.
Arthur Middleton is a wildlife ecologist. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Management, and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, with long-term field projects in the northern Rockies and the southern Andes. Middleton has sought to improve environmental outcomes by highlighting key differences between how systems work and how they are managed, in and around parks and protected areas. He often steps out of the normal science process to make creative products, including museum exhibits and films in collaboration with photographers, filmmakers, and artists. Along with Joe Riis, he was awarded the 2013 Camp Monaco Prize by Prince Albert II of Monaco for linking research and public outreach on the trans-boundary wildlife migrations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College, Yale University, and the University of Wyoming.
James Prosek is a distinguished artist, writer, and naturalist. Prosek made his authorial debut at age nineteen, with Trout: an Illustrated History and co-founded World Trout with Patagonia owner Yvon Chouinard. Prosek is a curatorial affiliate at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and serves on the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies advisory board. His artwork has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Academy of Sciences among others.