Kf cohort kayak trip 2014

Fellows go on a kayak trip during the Fellowship program.—Greg Martindale, 2014 Fellow


Fellowship faculty are experts in conservation, economics and business.

Nigel Asquith

Program Director, Kinship Conservation Fellows

Nigel is the director of strategy at the Santa Cruz-based Cuencas Sustentables, where his team has helped create more than 40 municipal incentive based conservation programs. From 2005-2008, he directed the transition of the $17 million EcoFund Foundation to become a strategic conservation investor in northern Ecuador. He has also worked at the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for International Forestry Research, Conservation International, and the World Bank. Nigel’s work is currently funded by the European Commission and the MacArthur Foundation, and he previously received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Blue Moon Fund, and the U.K.’s Department for International Development. Nigel’s technical expertise is in plant-animal relations in neotropical forests, ecosystem service valuation, policy analysis, and the impacts of the oil and gas sector on biodiversity. Nigel has an extensive research program, most recently based out of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, assessing the feasibility of market-based tools for environmental management. He was a research fellow at Harvard’s Sustainability Science Program in 2008-2009 and 2013-2014.

Nigel has a doctorate in zoology and a master’s degree in policy from Duke University, a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in geography from Oxford University. He is a 2005 Kinship Conservation Fellow.

2017 Faculty

Al Appleton
Environmental and Water Resources Consultant

Jenny Atkinson
Executive Director
The Whale Museum

Lynne Barre
Marine Biologist, Protected Resources Division
NOAA West Coast Regional Office

Kathy Baylis
Associate Professor, Agriculture and Consumer Economics 
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

Ricardo Bayon
Encourage Capital

Jane Boles (2014)
NatureBank Asset Management

Kate Bonzon (2003)
Vice President
Oceans Environmental Defense Fund

Wes Erikson
Communications Chair
Pacific Halibut Management Association

Paul Ferraro
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Kerstin Forsberg (2011)
Planeta Océano

JP Gibbons (2015)
Team Lead, Global Transactions Team

Kevin Green
Senior Manager, Behavioral & Social Science 

Jon Griggs
Ranch Manager
Maggie Creek Ranch

Stephanie Gripne
Founder and Executive Director of the Impact Finance Center and 
CO Impact Days and Initiative

Al Harris
Founder and Executive Director
Blue Ventures

Mike Korchinsky
Wildlife Works

John Mason
Chief Executive Officer
Nature Conservation Research Centre

Edward Millard
Director, Africa & South Asia
Rainforest Alliance

Carlos Muñoz-Piña
Director General for Resource Revenue Policy
Mexico’s Finance Ministry

Ruth Norris
Organizational Development and Finances Specialist

Susan O'Neil (2008)
Senior Conservation Planning Manager
Long Live the Kings

Carl Palmer
LegacyWorks Group

Nicole Pasricha (2016)
Manager, Markets Transformation
Rainforest Alliance

Cornelia Rindt (2014)
Director, Projects 

John Shores
Conservation Finance Specialist

Bernie Tershy
Adjunct Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz

Beatrice Ungard
Soma Integral Consulting

Maria Teresa Vargas (2005)
Executive Director
Fundación Natura Bolivia

Joe Whitworth (2003)
The Freshwater Trust

Steven Yaffee
Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
University of Michigan