Background & Staff

SEEtheWILD was founded in 2012 by conservationists Brad Nahill & Dr. Wallace J. Nichols to expand the market for wildlife conservation travel. The project originally grew from SEE Turtles and is fiscally sponsored by The Ocean Foundation

SEEtheWILD works to support conservation of endangered wildlife by promoting alternatives to destructive activities, increasing critical funding for conservation, and inspiring new wildlife activists. We believe that conservation travel is the next big trend in ecotourism.

Staff Bios

Brad Nahill: Co-founder & Director

Brad launched SEE Turtles with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols in 2008 to build the market for sea turtle conservation tourism. He has worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 12 years with organizations including Ocean Conservancy, Rare, Asociacion ANAI (Costa Rica), and the Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia). He has also consulted for several ecotourism companies and non-profits, including EcoTeach and Costa Rican Adventures.

Brad is a member of the Awards Committee of the International Sea Turtle Society and has authored several book chapters, blogs, and abstracts on turtle conservation and ecotourism and has presented at major travel conferences and sea turtle symposia. Brad has a BS in Environmental Economics from Penn State University and teaches a class on ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College. He also co-authored the book A Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols and Melissa Gaskill.

 

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: Co-founder

Dr. Nichols has been a leading ocean wildlife conservationist for 15 years working on scientific research, education, and capacity building. J. co-founded several conservation groups including Ocean Revolution, WiLDCOAST, and the Grupo Tortuguero, a coalition of fishermen, local residents, and conservationists spanning Mexico’s Pacific coast. He is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, former President of the International Sea Turtle Society, and Eastern Pacific co-chair for the IUCN’s Marine Turtle Specialists Group.

Dr. Nichols is a member of numerous advisory boards including Oceana, Sea Turtle Restoration Project, and Save Our Shores. Dr. Nichols has a PhD. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona, a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University, and BS in Biology from DePauw University. He is also the best selling author of the book Blue Mind.

 

Jenni Denekas: Communications Manager

Jenni manages graphic design and social media for SEEtheWILD. She is an accomplished outdoorswoman, runner, writer and artist, and has a passion for environmental policy and conservation. She has tied together these seemingly disparate themes into a coherent career path by pursuing writing and graphic design for outdoor companies.

Jenni studied Studio Art and Environmental Policy and Decision-Making at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She also coaches middle school cross country and track, as well as first-time half marathon runners. In what free time she has left, she likes to backpack, hike, run, climb, read, and, occasionally, sleep.

 

Jordan Nelson: Outreach Manager

Jordan assists with research, social media, and partner outreach for SEEtheWILD. She is an avid traveler and has backpacked throughout Latin America and most recently through Thailand. She has a passion for wildlife conservation, ethical tourism and experiencing new cultures. 

Jordan graduated from the Honors College at Portland State University where she received a BA in International Studies with a focus on Latin America. Multiple trips to Central America inspired her to focus her Honors Thesis on issues of authenticity and the effects of tourism on local cultures. She enjoys camping, hiking, reading and tutoring but her true passion is traveling which has inspired her to pursue a career in conservation tourism.