Meet the current authors…

Jamie Rappaport Clark Jamie Rappaport Clark is the President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife and the former head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Joel Sartore Joel Sartore is a contributing photographer to National Geographic and a member of Defenders’ board of directors. To see more of his work, visit
Cindy Hoffman Cindy Hoffman is Vice President of Communications for Defenders of Wildlife and a former senior public affairs specialist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has worked extensively on conservation issues including endangered species, national wildlife refuges and migratory waterfowl.
Krista Schyler Krista Schlyer is a frequent contributor to Defenders magazine and a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Chris Haney Dr. J. Christopher Haney is the chief scientist at Defenders of Wildlife and has worked on marine wildlife, biological oceanography and oil spills for over 25 years.
John Motsinger John Motsinger is a Communications Associate at Defenders of Wildlife. He handles press coverage for critters in the Northern Rockies as well as Defenders’ national work on coal ash and pesticides.
Suzanne Asha Stone Suzanne Asha Stone is the Northern Rockies Representative for Defenders of Wildlife. Suzanne has worked in wolf restoration in the northern Rockies since 1988, including serving as a member of the 1995/1996 USA/Canadian wolf reintroduction team. She currently oversees Defender’s programs for wolf conservation and restoration in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
Erin Edge Erin Edge is the Bear Aware Coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife. Erin is working to reduce human-related grizzly bear mortalities in the Northern Rockies. Her work includes working closely with landowners to identify and secure anthropogenic food resources on the landscape, thereby minimizing bear-human conflicts and mortalities.
Pelayo Alvarez Pelayo Alvarez works as the Conservation Program Director for the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition. Together with the Rangeland Conservation Director he works to protect and restore grasslands and oak woodlands in the California Central Valley. Pelayo is responsible for facilitating conservation projects in private ranches and promoting research and outreach to demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of rangeland conservation.
Noah Matson Noah Matson is the Vice President for Climate Change and Natural Resources Adaptation. Noah directs Defenders’ effort to create and implement policies and strategies to safeguard wildlife and habitat from the impacts of global warming. Working with a team of scientists, policy experts, attorneys, and communications specialists, Noah is developing climate change adaptation strategies for land and wildlife managers, and is working to influence climate change adaptation policies in federal agencies.
Karla Dutton Karla Dutton is the Alaska Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife. Karla directs the work of Defenders’ Alaska field program team. Since joining Defenders in September 2006, Karla has expanded the Alaska program from a major ongoing effort to reverse the State’s intensive predator control programs for wolves and bears and ecosystem level work to protect wildlife habitat in refuges and national forests to developing broader programs and strategic partnerships. The Alaska office is focusing increasingly on initiatives on climate change and the related habitat impacts on polar bears.
Eva Sargent Eva Sargent is the Southwest Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife, operating out of Tucson, Arizona. Eva’s areas of expertise include: Southwest conservation issues, reintroduction programs, Mexican wolves, and Thick-billed parrots. Since joining Defenders in 2005, Eva has concentrated on strengthening and promoting these diverse programs, so that Defenders can “do more with more.” She has brought a fresh perspective, gained in international conservation, to our work on U.S. species, including the jaguar, Mexican wolf, and cactus ferruginous pygmy owl.
Heidi Ridgley Heidi Ridgley is editor of Defenders Magazine.