Alex Warnick


Alex Warnick is a natural history artist based in southern Indiana with a degree in fine arts and a lifelong passion for nature. She aids conservation efforts in increasing awareness of the world’s unique avifauna. Her style and methods pay homage to artist-naturalists of the 19th century and she strives to continue their legacy of fostering a greater fascination for the natural world.

Eladio Fernández

Photographer, Naturalist, Environmental Activist & Author

Eladio Fernández is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a naturalist and an avid environmental activist from the Dominican Republic. He is author and publisher of 8 photographic books that cover a diversity of subjects that range from Cuba’s natural heritage to the metamorphosis of native butterflies. He has one of the largest image banks on the flora, fauna and natural landscapes of the Greater Antilles. His photography work also documents disappearing cultural traditions of the Caribbean islands. Eladio also serves on the boards of Fondo Peregrino RD, a local branch of The Peregrine Fund whose work focuses on the critically endangered Ridgway’s Hawk, and Fundacion Progressio, the first private institution to manage a protected area in Dominican Republic (the Ebano Verde Scientific Reserve).

Yolanda M. León Hernández, PhD


Is a biologist from the Dominican Republic who works to protect threatened species and ecosystems of Hispaniola. She is a university professor at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), where she teaches biology, geomatics and other environmental courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has participated in numerous research and conservation projects in the Dominican Republic with the participation of local communities. She is the current President of the Board of Directors of Grupo Jaragua, a nonprofit organization working towards biodiversity conservation of Hispaniola, with a special focus in the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

James E. Goetz, MSc


Is a conservation biologist from the United States who has studied many of the endangered birds found in Hispaniola working with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Cornell Lab of Ornithology since 1995. He is currently conducting his PhD research at Cornell University on the use of payments for ecosystem services to advance forest conservation in La Visite National Park, Haiti. He is also an expert in conservation planning using the open standards for the practice of conservation.

Andrea Thomen, MSc

Biologist and Educator

Is a biologist and educator from the Dominican Republic with a special interest in the conservation of Hispaniolan birds. She has led several projects regarding avian conservation in agricultural landscapes and the promotion of birdwatching tourism in Hispaniola in close collaboration with the conservation organization, National Aviary of Pittsburgh. She is a part-time university professor at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), where she teaches introductory biology for undergraduate students. Currently, she is the Project Manager at Grupo Jaragua, a nonprofit organization that works towards biodiversity conservation in Hispaniola. In this position, Andrea has coordinated and led numerous education, community outreach and strategic conservation planning initiatives for important bird and biodiversity areas.

Simón Guerrero Surinyach, MSc


Is a Dominican psychologist specializing in the development of cognitive processes. He has over 30 years experience as a university professor and researcher, especially in the area of animal behavior. He has been Director of the UASD’s Experimental Behavior Laboratory, researcher at the National Museum of Natural History and Research Assistant at the National Zoo-Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. He has presented his research findings in various specialized forums in the United States and the Caribbean, and is a founding member of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Birds of the Caribbean.

Mario Dávalos

Photographer, Founder Capital DBG

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mario is founder and CEO of Capital DBG, one of the most important advertising agencies in the country. Mario’s background in art, photography and literature has proven to be essential in his views and understanding of visual culture applied to advertising and marketing.

His career in marketing spans 16 years and includes hands-on experience in almost every marketing discipline and across multiple product and service categories. Beyond his professional life, Mario spends most of his time traveling the world and photographing nature.

Mario was elected president of LIDAP (Liga Dominicana de Agencias Publicitarias, currently ADECC) from 2012 to 2014 and has been a regular speaker at universities and design schools in the country and the US. He is the author of two short story books and a two photo books. He has also published some of his writings in the New York Times, Diario Libre and El Caribe. His photos have been published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Wildlife Photographic Magazine and Discover Wildlife by BBC. He serves on the board of the International League of Conservation Photographers since 2016.

He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and is married with three children.