Asia and Oceania

Associated Projects

Belize, New Zealand, Panama, Australia

Protecting Endangered Mangroves around the World

Honduras, Colombia, Myanmar

Marine Conservation Program

Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Canada

Recovering Voices

Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea (Republic of), Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Viet Nam

American Spaces Reassessment and Design Project



Aviva Rosenthal. Photo credit: Maria Sanchez.

Aviva Rosenthal

Director, Smithsonian Office of International Relations and Global Programs

Aviva Rosenthal is the Director of the Smithsonian's Office of International Relations and Global Programs.

Photo Credit Gibrán Morales Carranza

Gabriela Pérez Báez

Former Curator of Linguistics, National Museum of Natural History

Gabriela Pérez Báez was the Curator of Linguistics at the National Museum of Natural History. She focused her work on language documentation and analysis, as well as factors of language maintenance and endangerment.

Head curator for Beyond Bollywood exhibit focusing on Indian Americans

Masum Momaya

Museum Curator, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Dr. Masum Momaya has over 20 years of experience working for women’s rights, gender, race and class equality, and social justice. She is a former Museum Curator at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Her most recent exhibition, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, showed at the National Museum of Natural History from 2014-2015 and is currently traveling around the United States and India.

Photo credit Christie Sampson.

Christie Sampson

Former Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Christie Sampson is a former fellow with the GIS lab at SCBI where she continues her research focused on understanding and mitigating human-elephant conflict in Myanmar.

Photo credit George Stoyle – Earth in Focus.

Steve Box

Vice President, Global Fisheries Solutions, RARE

Steve Box is a marine biologist studying the effects of fishing practices that endanger more than half of our ocean’s biodiversity. 

Bill Fitzhugh

William Fitzhugh

Director, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center

William Fitzhugh is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archaeology, ethnology and environmental studies and director of Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center.

Photo courtesy of Peter Leimgruber.

Peter Leimgruber

Landscape Ecologist and Conservation Biologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Peter Leimgruber is a landscape ecologist and conservation biologist studying biodiversity conservation of extinction-prone species including Asian elephant, Mongolian gazelle, Przewalski’s horse, tiger, and giant panda.
Photo credit Tracie Spinale.

Tracie Spinale

Program Manager, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

At the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA), Tracie collaborates with communities worldwide to create cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning experiences. She also manages SCLDA’s internship program, the Fellowships in Museum Practice program, and the Smithsonian’s Education Awards Program.