Pete Marra is a conservation scientist at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. He studies the ecology, migratory patterns and decline of birds across the Western Hemisphere. Pete also heads the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC).
Robert Rice studies agroecology and land-use practices and policy in Latin America and the U.S. He researches agroforestry systems and their impacts and benefits to the environment and human communities.
Gwyneira Isaac is the curator for North American Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on Native systems of knowledge, knowledge diversity and the dynamics of intersecting cultural systems.
In the waters off the coast of the southern Caribbean island of Curacao, Smithsonian marine biologist Carole Baldwin leads the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) — a Smithsonian effort to explore life on poorly studied tropical deep reefs and monitor changes in these ecosystems over time.
Cristina Diaz-Carrera is Curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 2007, she has worked on several Folklife Festival programs, including México (2010), Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150 (2012), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015). In early 2013, Cristina became the Folklife Festival production manager.
Olivia Cadaval is Curator and Chair of Cultural Research and Education at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 1988, she has curated numerous Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs including El Rio (2000), México (2010), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015).
Aldo Rincon is a geologist and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida studying the origins and evolution of New World Tropics terrestrial biodiversity.