Meet the Earthwatchers!
Alcoa 2010 Employee Fellows
 
Tiago Borges, Poços de Caldas, Brazil
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest
"I’ve always had a strong position regarding environmental issues and I believe that in order to make a real difference we all need to take action - on all fronts and at all levels, individually, but most important, together."
 
Marta Herrero Blanco, Aviles, Spain
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
“I would like to implement some of these practices in the community activities organized by Alcoa in my home town of Aviles.”
 
Michael Cribbs, Whitehall, USA
Expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya
“The Great Lakes in Michigan are threatened by many exotic species. Hopefully this expedition will give me some insights on other ecosystems and how scientists are tackling them so that I can better understand and communicate to others ideas that might help control these exotic species in the Great Lakes.”
 
Randall Hamilton, Warrick, USA
Expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya
"As a steward of the planet, I believe it is necessary for everyone to become personally involved with environmental issues. We must all do our part to ensure our planet and all of its inhabitants will flourish."
 
Mohamed Jagga, Paramaribo, Suriname
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
“I strongly believe that participating in any way to aid in preserving our ecosystems and species is very important.”   
 
Sandra Kim, Carson, USA
Expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya
"The Earthwatch Fellowship will help me take my first steps in the direction of conservation, restoration and sustainability. Nature has always been my passion. Now I can give back."
 
Svetlana Krivopalova, Samara, Russia
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
“I think that not only my town in Russia needs help but also all the countries in the world. Ecological expeditions give a chance not only to travel but also to make a contribution to ecological sustainability and use this experience in our society. I want to know how ecological problems are solved in other countries and get knowledge about the environment in other countries.
 
Helgi Laxdal, Fjardaal, Iceland
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest
“I'm looking forward to having the honor of knowing that I helped make the world a better place for generations to come.”
 
Megan LeRoy, Huntly, Australia
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
"I look forward to working with and learning about people from different cultures and backgrounds, brought together for a common purpose. I believe awareness of culture brings acceptance, and acceptance brings togetherness, and together we can make positive changes."
 
Aifan Liu, Beijing, China
Expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya
“In our daily life, we are engaged in all kinds of activities that would damage the environment. We dump trash on earth, use chemicals that are potentially poisonous to other creatures, and our cars release pollutants into the air. Here comes an opportunity to do something beneficial to the environment! Cannot wait to be in the field!”
 
Lisa Mills, Anglesea, Australia
Expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya
"I have always had a passion for environmental research. Through this program, I expect to gain a great deal of knowledge and experience to continue pursuing my passion."   
 
Kristine Miyashiro, Lethbridge, Canada
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest
“I hold environmental conservation in high regard. How wonderful it is to know that I work for a company that holds these same values.”
 
Hajnalka Rusko, Szekesfehervar, Hungary
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
“I believe that life depends on the quality of the environment and I feel responsible for enhancing and protecting the ecosystem that we all rely on.”
  
Mauro Salles, Poços de Caldas, Brazil
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to encounter new ecosystems, get more involved with environmental problems, and take action."
 
Samantha Stephens, Alcoa Technical Center, Pittsburgh, USA
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest    
"Each region of the world has its own environmental challenges. Through Earthwatch, I hope to learn how other people are dealing with the challenges of air quality, water pollution, species decline and carbon emissions. "
 
Alcoa Foundation 2010 Community Fellows
 
Ruslan Butovsky
Organization: Fund for Sustainable Development
Location: Moscow, Russia
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest
“The experience gained from Alcoa Earthwatch can help improve my knowledge about global climate change in general and better shape our own environmental program here in Russia.”
 
Belen Carro
Organization: University of Coruña
Location: San Ciprian, Spain
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
"I feel encouraged that the state of our environment can change for the better, and I would like to help just with my hands and hard work. I would like to contribute actively to preserving the environment."
 
Thelma Crook
Organization: Greening Australia
Location: Pinjarra/Wagerup, Australia
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
“The Fellowship would provide a great opportunity to experience new learnings and to build on existing knowledge of sustainable ecological restoration and to work with people from around the world.”
 
Shawn Kerr
Organization: Alcoa Middle School
Location: Alcoa Tennessee Operations, USA
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
"As a science educator, I find it imperative to show my students how today's actions will affect their own world of today and tomorrow. With the overwhelming evidence associated with climate change and population growth, I feel our youth must understand the consequences of our actions environmentally and socially."
 
Colleen Kredell
Organization: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Location: Washington DC, USA
Expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya
"The issue that is most important to me is climate change. This is a challenge that affects not only my community and my region, but my entire country and planet."
 
Pierre Lussier
Organization: Jour de la Terre (Earth Day)
Location: Montreal, Canada
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
“Sustainability is not just something made out of air. It’s something that has to be part of our daily life.”
 
Rowan Mackenzie
Organization: Surf Coast Shire
Location: Anglesea, Australia
Expedition: Tidal Forests of Kenya
“I am interested in any research that can reduce atmospheric carbon and protect or enhance important biodiversity. Having a greater understanding of credible programs would assist our communities and companies to support these programs as one of a number of strategies to reduce the chances of dangerous climate change.”
 
Renata Fermino Novais
Organization: Scientia Consultoria Cientifica
Location: Juruti, Brazil
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest
"By being exposed to a very different environment I will be able to better understand and appreciate cultural differences, becoming a better citizen, more proactive, responsible, concerned and looking for a more sustainable present and future."
   
Claude Poudrier
Organization: Program for Environmental Education and Citizenship
Location: Montreal, Canada
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
"This fellowship will be an excellent opportunity for improving our expertise about the Jizera Mountains and about the scientific process used in the research. This will be valuable in Quebec, where forestry faces similar challenges."         
 
Bridget Ure
Organization: Barwon Water
Location: Point Henry, Australia
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
“This fellowship program would be an excellent opportunity to get real experience in the environmental field and share that knowledge in the Make an Impact program.”
 
Maria Villela
Organization: Instituto de Estudos da Religiao
Location: Juruti, Brazil
Expedition: Puerto Rico's Rainforest
“I am positive that the experience I have will be transformed into deep commitment and will spread the word about initiatives that promote sustainability in countries that I do not know in depth.”
 
Tatiana Yuzhakova
Organization: University of Pannonia
Location: Szekesfehervar, Hungary
Expedition: Mountain Waters of the Czech Republic
"Deforestation is a global issue, and we have to take care of the carbon dioxide level increase. Planting new forest could efficiently contribute to decreasing the CO2 level in the atmosphere.”
 


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