Carla Paciotto, Ed.D., is currently an associate professor at Western Illinois University, where she teaches about culture, language and education in the contexts of indigenous and immigrant populations. Her research centers on language maintenance and shift and language education policy and planning, focusing on the role of native language instruction in the revitalization of endangered and lesser used languages. Her studies span from Mexico to the U.S., Italy and Slovenia. Her dissertation, “Bilingual Education for Chihuahua’s Tarahumara Children: A Study of the Contexts of an Emerging Program,” won the National Association of Bilingual Education Dissertation Award and the Italian Award for Studies Related to Bilingualism and Multilingualism and was published in in the volume Il bilinguismo tra conservazione e minaccia. Esempi e presupposti per interventi di politica linguistica e di educazione bilingue(Franco Angeli 2004). She has recently contributed articles to the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and Language Policy. Carla has collaborated with Terralingua on the Sierra Tarahumara project since 2007, with a focus on bilingual education for Rarámuri community, particularly women and children.
David Harmon, M.Sc., is co-Principal Investigator on Terralingua’s Index of Linguistic Diversity project. Dave is Executive Director of The George Wright Society (GWS), an association of parks and protected areas professionals. He co-edits the Society’s journal, The George Wright Forum, and helps plan the GWS’s biennial conferences, the largest protected area meetings in North America. Dave co-founded Terralingua in 1996 and has been active with the organization ever since. He holds degrees from Grinnell College and the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Dave is the author of In Light of Our Differences: How Diversity in Nature and Culture Makes Us Human (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002) and co-edited The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation (University of Arizona Press, 2006), The Full Value of Parks: From Economics to the Intangible (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and Managing Mountain Protected Areas: Challenges and Responses for the 21st Century (Andromeda, 2004), among other books.
Jonathan Loh, M.Sc., is co-Principal Investigator on Terralingua’s Index of Linguistic Diversity project. He works on measuring and monitoring trends in global environmental change, natural resource use and biodiversity. Jonathan studied Biology at Sussex University and Environmental Technology at Imperial College, University of London. He has worked since 1994 for WWF International, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Zoology, part of the Zoological Society of London. His work with WWF includes writing and editing the yearly Living Planet Report. Before WWF, Jonathan worked for TRAFFIC International, investigating wildlife trade in Taiwan, and as an environmental consultant based in London and Hong Kong. He has lived and worked in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Switzerland, and carried out numerous projects in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Stanford Zent, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator on Terralingua’s project “Methodology for Developing a TEK Vitality Index (TEKVI): An index of the status and trends of Traditional Environmental Knowledge”. Stanford holds a degree in Anthropology from Columbia University. He has conducted long-term fieldwork among the Piaroa, Jotï and Eñepa indigenous groups of the Venezuelan tropical forest since 1984. He works as a Researcher and Professor in the Anthropology Department of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Caracas, Venezuela. His research interests include ecological anthropology, ethnobiology, traditional environmental knowledge, biocultural conservation, and native cultures of lowland South America.
Ellen Woodley, Ph.D., was Coordinator of Terralingua’s project “Global Source Book on Biocultural Diversity”, and is co-author with Luisa Maffi of the book Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook (Earthscan, 2010). Ellen received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Rural Studies from the University of Guelph in Canada. She is currently an independent consultant working on the integration of culture and traditional ecological knowledge in natural resource management and sustainable development. She has worked in the South Pacific (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea), Indonesia, West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria), and with First Nation communities in Canada. Research interests include the integration of Indigenous Peoples’ ecological knowledge in resource management.
Christine Arpita is responsible for managing Terralingua’s back-end and works with the necessary nuts and bolts of administrative support. She also acts as Managing Editor of Terralingua’s magazine Langscape. She draws on her broad worldview as well as her experience with non-profit administration in order to promote biocultural diversity through her work. Christine invites you to support Biocultural Diversity through our Terralingua Ubuntu site.