SEE Turtles Staff
Brad Nahill: Co-Founder & President
Brad has worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 20 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. For these efforts, Brad received the prestigious Changemakers Award from the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2019 on behalf of SEE Turtles.
Brad is a co-author of the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles, was awarded the Presidents Award for his work as the chair of the Awards Committee of the International Sea Turtle Society, and 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 has taught ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College. He has been director of SEE Turtles since its founding and became President after the organization became an independent non-profit organization.
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: Co-founder
Dr. Nichols has been a leading ocean conservationist for more than 30 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 has a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona, an MEM from Duke University, and BS in Biology from DePauw University. Dr. Nichols is author of Blue Mind and co-author of the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles. Dr. Nichols is a member of the organizations board of directors. Learn more about Dr. Nichols.
Paula von Weller: Too Rare To Wear Campaign Manager
Paula is a field biologist with fifteen years of experience in protected and endangered species fieldwork. She has worked for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental consulting firms conducting fieldwork in the US, the Arctic, Latin America, and the tropical Pacific. She has experience working with various sea turtle, marine mammal, and bird species. Paula has been involved with SEE Turtles since 2009 and has a BS in Biology from Portland State University.
Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne