Esler is a teacher of history and botany who
lives in Invercargill in the far south of New Zealand.
He takes a keen interest in New Zealand's flora, especially
its ferns, seaweeds, alpine habitats, and lowland forests.
He has written and illustrated several booklets on New
Zealand plants and has explored New Zealand's best botanical
sites from north to south, including Stewart Island.
He has introduced the endemic flora of New Zealand to
many interested groups.
Winkler is a consultant and researcher who
focuses on conservation and development issues in Tibet.
Daniel has a B.A. and M.A. in geography with a concentration
on Asia, specifically Tibet and western China. Daniel
has been a scientific adviser on BBC and National Geographic
programs on extreme living conditions in Tibet. His
consulting assignments have included sustainable harvesting,
community forestry development, nursery and reforestation
projects. Daniel is the President and co-founder of
Chindak, a charity for the preservation of Tibetan Culture.
Dr. Peggy Stern has been living and
working in Latin America for 25 years, primarily in
Peru and Ecuador. She has worked in the field of basic
and applied ecological research, including forest dynamics,
natural resource & park management, biodiversity
conservation, and land use planning throughout Latin
America. Her work has been funded by WWF, the American
Bamboo Society, Conservation International, US-AID,
and many others. Her research and conservation work
has taken her to most of the habitats in western South
America. She is a popular leader of trips in Ecuador,
Peru, Chile and Easter Island.
Elliman holds Master's degrees from Antioch
University/New England Graduate School and the Yale
School of Forestry and has a varied background in the
environmental field. He lived in China where he was
engaged as a forest researcher for the Yunnan Branch
of the Chinese Academy Sciences and the Xishuangbanna
Tropical Botanic Garden. Ted has also worked for ten
years as a plant ecologist in the U.S. doing rare plant
surveys, plant community studies, and conservation planning
for the National Park Service on the Appalachian Trail
and the Boston Harbor Islands. Ted is the Vegetation
Management Coordinator for the New England Wild Flower
Society. He is a popular leader of Backroads China Expeditions
in Yunnan Province.
Victor Kuzevanov leads our botanic explorations
of Kamchatka and Lake Baikal, Russia. Victor is the
Director of the Irkutsk Botanic Garden in Siberia and
has conducted research on many of the endangered plants
of the region. He has created a seed and gene bank of
local plants, and is currently developing a long range
expansion plan for the Garden. Victor has an outgoing
and engaging personality that has made him a very popular
leader of our Lake Baikal Expeditions since 1994. He
has also led several groups to Kamchatka since 2001.
Walters is a classicist and naturalist with
two M.A.degrees from Cambridge University. Mark lives
in Naples where he consults on a number of environmental
issues, writes for a number of publications, and edits
and translates scientific papers for the University
of Naples for publication into English. Mark leads our
botanic trips around the Mediterranean with an eye trained
for archaeological sites and how plants were used throughout