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Terry Tempest Williams grew up within sight of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. A fifth-generation Mormon, her ancestors followed Brigham Young, "the American Moses," from Illinois to the Promised Land for spiritual sovereignty in 1847.

"I write through my biases of gender, geography, and culture. I am a woman whose ideas have been shaped by the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau; these ideas are then filtered through the prism of my culture, and my culture is Mormon. These tenets of family and community which I see at the heart of that culture are then articulated through story."

Such story vibrates in her well-known book, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place (Pantheon, 1991), which explores the 1983 epic rise of Great Salt Lake and flooding of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge concurrently with the events surrounding her mother's diagnosis with ovarian cancer, believed to be caused by radioactive fallout from nuclear tests in Nevada in the 1950's and 60's. This work is now regarded as a classic in American Nature Writing, a testament to loss and the earth's healing grace. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "There has never been a book like Refuge ...utterly original."

The Utne Reader named Terry Tempest Williams as one of their "Utne 100 Visionaries": in their words, "a person who could change your life."

Jeff Foott, as a marine biologist, completed his first film in 1972 as part of his graduate work on the endangered California Sea Otters.  He then decided to make cinematography and photography his full time profession. His work has since taken him to locations such as Nepal, Botswana, Japan, Argentina, Hawaii, Mexico, China, the Arctic and Antarctic, and all regions of the continental United States.

His photography has appeared in major publications including National Geographic, National Wildlife, International Wildlife, Time, Newsweek, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, and Terre Savage.  He is also an advisor to Outdoor Photographer magazine.  His most recent film -- Patagonia: Life at the End of the Earth, produced by ABC Kane and aired on PBS — was an Emmy finalist in 1998 and winner of the cinematography award at the Telluride Film Festival.  He has produced books featuring his images: The Nature of Sea Otters and In the Company of Manatees.  He has also received Honorable Mention awards in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest in 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Jeff has led photo trips and taught seminars for Natural Habitat Adventures, Voyagers International, and Great American Photo Weekend.  He will again be leading a trip to Ireland for Voyagers next spring with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Jack Dykinga.

Brooke Williams believes that evolution designed us to live in a wild world that is vastly different from the one we have created. Brooke's recent work details his efforts to make sense of the connection between the wild world and our modern lives, ideally creating a broader case for preservation. Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness (Island Press, 1999) is a description of the split many modern people feel between passion and responsibility. Brooke also explores related issues in articles for publications such as Northern Lights and Audubon Magazine.

His early work was based on his adventures and activities in the wild world and was published in Powder and Ski Magazine. His first book, Utah Ski Country (Utah Geographic Series) is an attempt to capture the essence of powder skiing. Utah -A Celebration of the Landscape (Westcliffe Publishing) consists of essays describing his personal experiences in places representing six different epochs, beginning with the present and going back one billion years.

Brooke lives in a valley formed by sandstone cliffs near Moab, Utah.

Yvon Chouinard — owner of Patagonia, Inc., based in Ventura, California — began designing, manufacturing, and distributing rock climbing equipment in the late 1950's.  His tinkering led to an improved ice axe that facilitated the French ice climbing technique and is the basis for modern ice axe design.  In 1964 he produced his first Patagonia mail order catalog, a one page mimeographed sheet containing advice not to expect fast delivery during climbing season.  Business grew slowly until 1972 when Yvon added rugby shirts to his catalog, sparking rapid growth in his clothing business.

In the late 1980's, Patagonia's success allowed Yvon to consider early retirement with his fly rod and surfboard.  However, he decided to continue directing Patagonia's course, in part to use the company to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.  As part of this goal, Patagonia instituted an Earth Tax, pledging 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment.  Yvon divides his time between the outdoors and serving on the boards of numerous environmental groups.  “My job is to be the outside man: studying lifestyles around the world; coming up with ideas for new products and new market trends; seeing that Patagonia stays relevant in a rapidly changing world.”

Jim Maragos, for more than thirty years, has specialized in studying the ecology of corals and reefs throughout Pacific and Asian countries. As a leading researcher, instructor, or manager, he has pursued the conservation of coral reefs, planning for new marine protected areas, environmental impact assessment for sustainable development, and coastal zone management for tropical island areas.

He first visited Palmyra in 1979 as part of a government team and subsequently published the results of an environmental survey of land and shallow marine habitats. Later he initiated Army Corps of Engineers' efforts to clean up abandoned fuel tanks and other unsightly, hazardous, and toxic debris left from the Navy era. While at The Nature Conservancy in 1991, he first proposed the idea of acquiring the atoll for conservation. In 1998, he visited Palmyra again as part of TNC's and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to raise public interest in establishing Palmyra as a protected area; he dived, surveyed, and photographed many deeper offshore reef areas. During three more visits in 2000-01, he accomplished additional dive surveys of reefs, established permanent coral reef monitoring sites, and served as a reef diving expert and guide during the visit of several TNC donors.

Jim received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii in 1972 and his BA in Zoology from the University of California Riverside.

Russell Sparkman is the founder of FusionSpark Media and One World Journeys. Mr. Sparkman began his career in photography as a staff photographer at Northeastern University in Boston where he also received a bachelor of science degree in Political Science. He later served as an instructor at the Kodak Center for Creative Imaging in Camden, Maine, before moving to Nagoya, Japan, where he became a sought-after consultant, author, and speaker in digital imaging trends and technology. Mr. Sparkman is the co-author of the book Essentials of Digital Photography and has played a significant role in the growth of the professional digital photography industry in Japan. Mr. Sparkman is a founding member of the Multimedia Consortium of Central Japan (MCCJ) and serves on its Board of Directors.

Michael Zilber oversees all aspects of FusionSpark Media's web technology and development as well as key components of field production for One World Journeys expeditions. Originally from Boston, Mr. Zilber relocated to California in the early 1990's and experienced a variety of careers including caring for sharks at Marine World Africa USA. He launched his career in the Internet world by working on the award-winning virtual expedition site TerraQuest. He later started WOBE Productions, based in Sausalito, Calif., as a web design company specializing in travel and photography web sites, and has worked with clients such as Yahoo and Casio Research.

Franklin Viola will document the One World Journeys expedition team, on Digital Video, as they explore Palmyra Atoll. Franklin, a 16-year professional still photography veteran, will be applying his creative talent to the dynamic world of digital video focusing on both the underwater beauty and the rainforest discoveries of Palmyra. Some of his recent digital video projects include: A live underwater broadcast from offshore in the Texas Gulf to school children and morning television shows in Texas; “Walking the boardwalk” of Audubon’s Corkscrew Sanctuary in Florida; Unique footage of coral spawning at night in the Texas Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary and of the intricate social interactions of Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas.

Franklin is world renown for his majestic wide reef scenic still photography and his trademark split water images. His work is featured in many publications including, Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, National/International Wildlife, Natural History, Islands, Escape, Skin Diver, Boys Life, and Outside. Along with his wife Kathy, they own and operate Viola's Photo Visions, Inc. a stock and assignment photography and video company located in Atlanta Georgia. When Franklin is not shooting or filming somewhere in the oceans he is busy documenting the antics of their five year old son Sawyer, and 6 month old twin girls, Rachel and Daltry. Visit the Viola’s website at

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