Manjula Tiwari, Ph.D. - President
Manjula’s first sea turtle project in 1991 was a survey of the remote beaches of the Nicobar Islands, India. The challenges and adventures of working with sea turtles at these remote beaches with the local people set the theme for many of her future projects. In 1994, she joined the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida, where she earned a Master’s Degree for her loggerhead research in Florida, Brazil and Greece, and a Ph.D. looking at density-dependent processes and green turtle hatchling production at Tortuguero, Costa Rica. With interests focused on sea turtle ecology and conservation, Manjula collaborates with sea turtle projects around the world. Her primary projects and research address a wide variety of issues ranging from nesting beach ecology to the impact of fisheries on sea turtle populations in Africa, the Middle East, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia. Manjula is also a Conservation Scientist with NOAA’s Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program in La Jolla, California; the Vice President of Chélonée, a French NGO dedicated to the research and conservation of sea turtles; the Regional Vice Chairman of the Southeast Atlantic for IUCN-Marine Turtle Specialist Group; on the Advisory Committee of the Indian Ocean Southeast Asia Memorandum of Understanding, the founding member and scientific advisor of Association pour la protection des Tortues Marines au Maroc (ATOMM) dedicated to sea turtle research and conservation in Morocco; and the Co-Chair of the South Atlantic Sea Turtle Network.
Joseph Ferrie - Secretary
Joe Ferrie grew up on the California coast, where he acquired a reverence for the Pacific while exploring tide pools in Moss Beach and body surfing in the cold waters of Pescadero. He is an avid sailor and observer of the avian life of San Francisco Bay and the Farallone Islands, and in the past has volunteered at the Shorebird Nature Center and the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, where he was taught to describe the wonders of estuaries, upwelling, plankton, sharks, and molluscs to schoolchildren and other curious visitors. In his professional life, Joe is a computer programmer and writer, and takes a special interest in the collection, analysis, and publication of ecological information. He is currently employed by the California Digital Library at the University of California.
Maga Kisriev - Treasurer
Maga Kisriev is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 9 years of public accounting experience with international accounting firms in the Washington, DC and San Francisco Bay area specializing in taxation of nonprofit organizations. Maga supervises compliance with Federal, State, and Attorney General filings for national and international public charities, private foundations, associations, and welfare organizations. He specializes in consultations on Unrelated Business Income, Intermediate Sanctions, and Corporate Sponsorships among other areas. His former and current clients include The Humane Society of the United States, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Save the Redwoods Foundation among many others. Maga also worked as a field officer for The International Red Cross distributing aid to refugees during the war in Chechnya.
Ryan Carney - Vice-Treasurer
Ryan Carney received his B.S. in Accounting from Western Governor's University and has been working in the credit union industry since 2011. Ocean Ecology Network was very fortunate to have Ryan join the team in 2014.
John Dutton - Board member
Originally from England, John lived in Germany for many years working in the Import-Export trade. Always captivated by film and video he changed careers and moved to Nashville where he studied filmmaking at Watkin’s Film Institute. After graduating with honors he relocated to Los Angeles, where he began his freelance filmmaker career. John unexpectedly found himself hijacked by the fascinating field of conservation and began documenting sea turtle research, which led to the production of his award-winning short documentary “Jurassic Journey.” As a cameraman, director, producer, writer and editor, his projects continue to take him from the red carpets of Hollywood to the beaches of remote islands.
Peter C.H. Pritchard, Ph.D. - Board member
Peter is a world authority on the biology and conservation of turtles and tortoises. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork with turtles on all continents and many remote islands, and he has established a permanent field station for turtle conservation in northwestern Guyana. He has written 7 books and numerous scientific publications and has been recognized as a “Champion of the Wild” by the Discovery Television Channel, and as a “Hero of the Planet” by TIME Magazine. In 2001, he was declared “Floridian of the Year” by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. He is also the founder and Director of the Chelonian Research Institute in Orlando, USA, which serves as an extraordinary learning facility about the turtles and tortoises of the world. It has more than 13,000-catalogued specimens – the world’s third largest turtle and tortoise museum collection – including 270 of the world’s 300 recognized species of turtles. Three species of turtles are named after Peter Pritchard!