Who we are

EWA is directed by an interdisciplinary secretariat:

Dr Karen Park is EWA Director of Languages and Linguistics and Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her research interests include language change, documentation and maintenance, generative syntax, Austronesian languages, ethno-ornithology, and biocultural diversity and conservation. She was the principle organiser of the 2019 Intersections of Language and Nature Symposium (www.iln2019.com) at the University of Pittsburgh encouraging collaboration between language documentation and conservation.

Dr Felice Wyndham is EWA Director of Ethnoecology and affiliate researcher at Oxford's School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. Her particular interest is ecological knowledge conservation in service of Indigenous peoples' and local communities' resource and land rights. Her recent writings are on narratives of deep historical ecologies in the Americas. As PI of a 2017-2019 British Academy funded project, she has developed EWA links to Ayoreo, Yshir, and other communities in Paraguay and Mexico. For more on her work see www.narratinglandscapes.net

Dr Andrew Gosler is EWA Research Director at Oxford University, where he holds a position between the Dept of Zoology and School of Anthropology as Associate Professor in Applied Ethnobiology and Conservation. He was PI on an AHRC funded project to develop EWA in 2013. An experienced teacher of field ornithology, his recent research focuses on the growing disconnection of people from nature and their declining knowledge of natural history. See also  http://egi.zoo.ox.ac.uk/members/dr-andrew-gosler/

Dr John Fanshawe is EWA’s principal link with BirdLife International, where he has been Senior Strategy Adviser since 2005. Before that he was Head of Policy and Advocacy at BirdLife 1998-2003, and Head of Development Programmes 1993-1995. As a Senior Strategy Advisor, he is coordinating a programme on birds, culture and conservation, including a series of collaborations with authors, artists and musicians. His work for EWA fits naturally within this portfolio. See also http://egi.zoo.ox.ac.uk/members/dr-john-fanshawe/



EWA Advisors have been instrumental in guiding the inception and establishment of EWA:

2014-2020 Founding Advisors: Linda MacDonald, Thomas Thornton, Anne-Marie Wanamp, Candide Simard, William Merrill, Laura Rival, David Zeitlyn, David Nathan.

2020-2022 Launch Advisors: tba



We are especially indebted to the many supporters, funders, and developers who have helped make EWA over the years:

Funders: UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (2013-2015); Connected Communities (2015); Open World Research Initiative (2016-2020); La Murithienne (2015); British Academy Knowledge Frontiers (2018-2019); Oxford IAA Knowledge Exchange (2019)

Development: Ada Grabowska-Zhang (inception and first-phase design); Heidi Fletcher (founding web management); David Nathan (archiving consultant); Oxford InfoDev (founding programming); Pat Lockley (programming); Antonia Barreau-Daly (translations); Kanopi Studios (Mukurtu programming and design)

Many thanks to: Colin Wilkinson (of the RSPB, for logo design); Michel Desfayes (for sharing his thesaurus of bird names); Sarah Easton (volunteer intern); Roland Rickus (photo permissions); Monika Wyndham (graphic design)