Margaret Kalacska: As an Associate Professor in Geography at McGill University, Margaret has developed a specialization in remote sensing for environmental research. She is a member of the Centre d'étude de la forêt (CEF). Prior to joining McGill she was a postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University and research fellow with the Canadian International Council. In 2013 she co-led Mission Airborne Carbon 13, the first Canadian airborne hyperspectral imaging campaign in Costa Rica, with the goal of determining aboveground biomass for five ecosystems in the country. She has conducted field research in the Americas, Japan and Tanzania.
Oliver Lucanus: As a nature photographer, videographer and experienced conservation researcher, Oliver has travelled worldwide photographing, studying and collecting fish. He has written and lectured extensively about fish, frogs, their habitats and issues related to their conservation. His most recent book - The Amazon Below Water - is a collection spanning 18 years of expeditions in South America, illustrating more than 170 species of fish, frogs, mammals and birds in their natural habitats. Through over 60 expeditions to 25 countries he has discovered several new species of fishes, and document many species in their natural habitat for the first time.
Mary A. Kishe-Machumu: Senior Research Officer III at the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI). Her professional contributions include working with diverse projects such as the Fish Stock Assessment in Lake Victoria (1996-1999), Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP Phase 1; 1997-2003), Implementation of Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP; 2001-2004), and IUCEA-VicRes Project (2002-2004) among others. Her main areas of interest are Fisheries Ecology, Fish Biology, Aquatic Pollution, Water Quality, Environmental Studies, Climate change adaptation, Fish Quality and Safety. She graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology and Applied Microbiology (1995) and an MSc. in Environmental Sciences (2001) sponsored by WB/Lake Victoria Management Project (LVEMP, Phase 1). She received her PhD in 2012 from Leiden University.
Leandro Melo de Sousa: Associate Professor at the Federal University of Pará - Altamira Campus. Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of São Paulo (2000) , MSc degree in Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries from the Federal University of Amazonas and National Institute of Amazonian Research (2004) and received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Sao Paulo (2010). He has experience in Zoology with an emphasis on Taxonomy of Recent Groups, and interest in the following topics: systematics, taxonomy, Siluriformes, Doradidae, Loricariidae and biodiversity of Neotropical freshwater fish in general. He is currently preparing a taxonomic revision of the genus Hypancistrus (Loricariidae) .
Pablo Arroyo (former): As a multidisciplinary scientist from Costa Rica, with research experience in forestry, ecology, diversity assessments, GIS, remote sensing and landscape ecology, Pablo has carried out research projects in several countries across the Americas and Africa. His latest work, the completion of a Forestry GIS for Costa Rica with a database of over 250,000 trees across five conservation areas is being used as the ground truth information for the Mission Airborne Carbon 13, the first Canadian airborne hyperspectral campaign in Costa Rica. Pablo participated in the 2015 expedition to Tanzania.