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.
Carlos Jaramillo studies patterns of plant diversity and investigates their relations to climate change. As a paleobotanist (someone who studies ancient plants) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, his research focuses on the evolution of tropical landscapes and its biota throughout geological history.
Mike Hallworth is a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). He studies migratory connectivity, the connection between breeding and non-breeding areas of migratory organisms and population ecology of migratory songbirds.
Candy Feller is an insect and plant ecologist studying the effects of extra nutrients from fertilizer run-off on mangrove systems over time.
Robert Stallard is a Smithsonian Scientist and Research Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey who studies how climate change and land cover affect water flow.