Our team

Paul Salaman, PhD

Board Member

Paul Salaman

Dr. Salaman is a recognized expert on global biodiversity conservation and has been heavily involved in advancing science-based conservation actions and priorities for the most threatened species, including directing urgent interventions to save Critically Endangered species at imminent risk of extinction. While he has authored many scientific papers and articles, Dr. Salaman has bridged the gap between science and on-the-ground conservation action across the tropics — with 30 years of field experience in South America.

Rowens Cristancho

Conservation and Outreach Manager

rowens cristancho

Rowens is a conservation biologist, broadcaster, and digital marketer, with a passion for biodiversity and environmental protection. He has participated in tropical forest preservation, protection of threatened species, and ecotourism in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Madagascar. He firmly believes that lifelong learning is the key to adapting to a changing world. He loves sharing his knowledge about nature with others as an international speaker and educative YouTuber.

Caitlin Eschmann, PhD

Conservation Partnership Officer

As a conservation biologist with a focus on primate behavioral ecology, Dr. Eschmann has over 15 years of experience in conservation research and analysis, education, and project management. She has conducted research on Critically Endangered species in Madagascar and Sri Lanka, and has collaborated with a variety of NGOs, government agencies, and academic institutions. Dr. Eschmann believes a multifaceted approach that incorporates biological research, community-led management, and education programs is vital to the effective implementation of conservation initiates.

Manitra Rajaonarison

Madagascar Conservation Officer


Manitra comes from the Department of Animal Biology at the University of Antananarivo. He is a former research assistant with Duke Lemur Center SAVA Conservation and recently a consultant at Lemur Conservation Foundation for 4 years. He has collaborated for several years with Dr. Erik Patel. Manitra is inspired by the remarkable biodiversity of his country.