About SEE Turtles
Going beyond the ecotourism mantra of "leave only footprints", SEE Turtles suggests that tourists should make a positive impact through conservation tourism. Conservation tourism supports communities protecting sea turtles by increasing the income needed for local conservation efforts, providing economic alternatives to end their threats and inspiring travelers to take a more active role in their protection.
SEE Turtles is a conservation tourism project that links people with turtle sites in ways that directly support protection efforts, while increasing resources in communities to help residents thrive and value sea turtles in their environment. SEE Turtles is a project of The Ocean Foundation.
SEE Turtles Staff
Brad Nahill: Director & Co-Founder
Brad has worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 14 years with organizations including Ocean Conservancy, Rare, Asociacion ANAI (Costa Rica), and the Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia). He has also consulted for several ecotourism companies and non-profits, including EcoTeach and Costa Rican Adventures. He has authored several book chapters, blogs, and abstracts on turtle conservation and ecotourism and has presented at major travel conferences and sea turtle symposia. Brad has a BS in Environmental Economics from Penn State University and teaches a class on ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College.
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: Co-founder
Dr. Nichols has been a leading ocean conservationist for 20 years. He is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, former President of the International Sea Turtle Society, and Eastern Pacific co-chair for the IUCN’s Marine Turtle Specialists Group. He co-founded Ocean Revolution and WiLDCOAST, two international advocacy groups, as well as the Grupo Tortuguero, an award-winning coalition of fishermen, local residents, and conservationists spanning Mexico’s Pacific coast. Dr. Nichols was a Fulbright Fellow, a Bradley Fellow at Duke University, and is a member of numerous advisory boards including Oceana, Sea Turtle Restoration Project, and Save Our Shores. Dr. Nichols has a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona, an MEM from Duke University, and BS in Biology from DePauw University. Check out his blog here.
Alexandra Nahill: Educational Program Manager
Alexandra creates and implements the educational workshops and develops the educational curricula. Ms. Nahill has experience in both the educational field as well as sea turtle conservation. She worked as both a project director and research assistant at sea turtle conservation projects in her native Colombia and Costa Rica where she conducted scientific research and managed educational programs for local students. For the past 8 years, she has taught a variety of subjects to young students in the US including science, environmental education, and Spanish. She has a degree in biology and physical education from the University of Antioquia, Colombia.
Paula von Weller: Research Associate
Paula has worked on protected species projects for the past 10 years. Her work has focused primarily on marine mammal and sea turtle field research for environmental consulting firms, government agencies, and conservation groups. Her fieldwork has taken her to Latin America, Alaska, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the Arctic, Australia, and across the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States. She has worked on sea turtle nesting beaches in Florida and South Carolina, surveyed for turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, and assisted sea turtle facilities in rescue and rehabilitation. She has a BS in Biological Sciences from Portland State University. Paula is working for SEE Turtles as a Research Associate to support public outreach, build the website as a resource for turtle watching, guide research participants to partner project sites, and to research species and areas for project expansion.
Jenni Denekas: Communciations Associate
Jenni is an accomplished outdoorswoman, runner, writer and artist, and has a passion for environmental policy and conservation. She has tied together these seemingly disparate themes into a coherent career path by pursuing writing and graphic design for outdoor companies. Jenni studied Studio Art and Environmental Policy and Decision-Making at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She also coaches middle school cross country and track, as well as first-time half marathon runners. In what free time she has left, she likes to backpack, hike, run, climb, read, and, occasionally, sleep.