2018 Advisory Board

Jonathan Balcombe

Jonathan Balcombe is an ethologist, and the author of four popular science books on the inner lives of animals, including Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and What a Fish Knows, a New York Times best-seller. He has published...

Becky Robinson

“The most effective method to permanently reduce and then manage cat populations is through a community based Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats and adoption of...

Elizabeth Peach

“My experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer provided a great deal of perspective with regard toward how veterinary medicine is practiced in different parts of the world and the attitudes people have towards animals.  The Galapagos Islands...

Dr Julie Levy

"Efforts to control homeless animals by lethal means are typically frustrated by the remarkable ability of the survivors to repopulate, leading to a continuous cycle of killing and community opposition. Sterilization of...

Maia Kincaid, Ph.D.

"Not only is TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) the kindest, most effective management for feral animals it is a balanced holistic method, that even young people can be positively involved in." Maia Kincaid, Ph.D. Maia is a world-renowned pioneer...

Dr Godfrey Merlen

Godfrey Merlen was born in England but has been a permanent resident of the Galápagos Islands for the last 43 years. He was deeply involved in the establishment of the Galápagos Whale Sanctuary, which contains a wide diversity of cetacea, the development of the Special Law for...

Roger Tabor

“Your project is a bold project combining trap-neuter and return technique with local involvement in the public outreach campaign. It stands a very good probability of working as you have outlined it, and...

Stan Minasian

“We are in complete support of Animal Balance's efforts to engage in a program of trap, neuter and release of feral cats and dogs throughout the Galapagos Islands. This time-proven strategy is the only method guaranteed to humanely reduce the population of feral cats and dogs and...

Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce, author of The New Wild, is an award-winning author and journalist based in London. He has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from eighty-five countries over the past twenty years. Environment consultant at...

Carla Naden

 I specialize in art gone wild, glitter, busted animals called love nuggets. I love traveling. Like my artwork, my history is just as varied, colorful, and completely unexpected. I started off...

Richard Wollocombe

Richard Wollocombe is an Emmy and RTS award winning and BAFTA nominated cameraman with fifteen years experience specializing in terrestrial and aquatic natural history filmmaking. His experience spans...

Dr. Sandra Marilyn Cruz

Dr. Sandra Marilyn Cruz Bedon, has been a close partner to Animal Balance on the Galapagos Islands for many years.  She is a native Galapaganian and the first Executive Director of the Agency for Regulation and Control of Biosecurity and...

Dr. Susan Monger

Dr. Monger is a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After 10 years in private practice she moved on to follow her true passion of providing...

Consie Von Gontard

Consie von Gontard began her volunteer career in animal welfare in 2000. Consie has received Community Service Awards and Commendations for her international work in Mexico and the Bahamas. Most recently...