Meet the team
ARKive is created and run by the charity Wildscreen. Our team of dedicated and creative people based in Bristol, UK and Washington D.C., USA, is made up of passionate scientists, technology gurus and social media whizzes.
Head of Technology
IT Systems Developer
IT Systems Architect
ARKive Media Researcher
ARKive Text Author
Science, Education and Outreach Officer, Wildscreen USA
ARKive Text Author
ARKive Content Manager
ARKive Research Manager
ARKive Research Manager
Richard Edwards Chief Executive, Wildscreen
Richard – known to many of us as Ed – has been spearheading Wildscreen since the start of 2011, and was one of the original founders of the ARKive project back in 2003. Ed’s passion for the natural world is the driving force behind Wildscreen.
Believes… wildlife films and photographs are one of the most powerful and emotive tools for raising global environmental awareness.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Being a bit of a wildlife nerd, I get excited about seeing slow worms in my compost heap or sparrowhawks hunting in my garden, as well as the more exotic enounters while on holiday. I have been lucky enough to travel a little bit over the years, and have seen some amazing wildlife spectacles. One of my favourites has to be seeing orcas hunting pacific white-sided dolphins in Monterey Bay - an awesome sight.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: That's a difficult one, there’s so much great stuff to choose from. I suppose it has to be Life on Earth, the BBC mega series which I watched as a kid. Seeing David Attenborough rolling around with the mountain gorillas, was what got me hooked on wildlife in the first place, and many years later it was great to work for its Executive Producer, Chris Parsons, on his ARKive project.Top
Andrew Cocker Front-end developer, Wildscreen
Andrew has a strong passion for web development and design, and enjoys tackling the challenges associated with developing ARKive's usability, performance and aesthetics.
Believes… technology does not drive change - it enables change.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Being part of an expedition in Flores, Indonesia to find a cave called Istana Ular (translates to snake palace) to look for reticulated pythons. This involved a lot of trekking, many offerings to the locals, various religious ceremonies, lots of snakes and wading waist deep in bat guano… all in about 40°C heat!
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: Watching Brady Barr (a herpetologist and host of a US TV programme called Dangerous Encounters) being bitten on the leg by a rather large retic in Istana Ular. Apart from some rather dramatic screaming, he was OK!Top
Andy Dudfield Head of Technology, Wildscreen
Andy has been leading the technical team at Wildscreen since late 2012. From a web development, project and product management background he enjoys tinkering with new technologies and ensuring the Wildscreen audience find them as simple to use as possible. He is also a bit of a geek.
Believes… in design affordance and semantic data.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Whale watching off the cost of Victoria, Canada was something I will long remember.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: It changes all the time, but this video of the Andean cock of the rock is an amazing example of the kind of gems the ARKive is full of.Top
Ben Capewell IT Systems Developer, Wildscreen
Ben loves the web and to build things for it, and working primarily on ARKive’s technical front-end development gives him plenty of opportunities to indulge his passion.
Believes… humans must not lose sight of the importance to their prosperity of the natural world.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: As a monkey fan it was an excitingly novel experience for me to get close to and observe wild monkeys in Kashmir. It became all the more memorable when I got a bit too close to one with my camera, and for one horrible moment thought I was going to have a very angry monkey jump onto my head!
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: It’s not strictly a wildlife film, but I could watch Alone in the Wilderness again and again and again. I could never live like that, but it’s incredibly absorbing and peaceful to spend an hour in Dick Proenneke’s shoes, watching him build a cabin in the mountains and living at one with nature in such a wild place.Top
Chris Tomlinson IT Systems Architect, Wildscreen
Since 2004, Chris has been working behind the scenes on many of ARKive’s technical developments. He works on the award-winning website, ensures the systems that preserve the high quality media donated to ARKive are working and secure as well as providing technical support to the rest of the ARKive team. He even set up a wireless network across Bristol’s floating harbour long before it was cool - it’s cool now isn’t it?!
Believes… ARKive’s upcoming technical developments are nearly as exciting as seeing the team kitchen newly populated with cakes from ARKive’s resident master bakers.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: The colourful, inquisitive and intimidating squadron of squid that surrounded me one day in the Caribbean was pretty cool, although I was a little nervous!
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: I don’t have one so here are some videos of squid instead – maybe one of the species is the same one that I saw.Top
Claire Lewis ARKive Researcher, Wildscreen
Having been animal mad for as long as she can remember, Claire grew up in the New Forest and was fascinated by the wildlife on her doorstep. At the age of eight she earned her bird watching badge at Brownies, and a wildlife based career seemed like destiny! Claire joined the ARKive team in 2009 after completing a BSc in Zoology and Psychology.
Believes… everyone should find a little time to appreciate and enjoy the natural world, as it can be so easy to take it for granted.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: My favourite species is the African wild dog, and seeing a pack with a kill on a night drive in Kruger National Park was an experience I will never forget.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: The incredible aerial footage of African wild dogs hunting from the BBC Planet Earth series.Top
Jemma Pealing ARKive Media Researcher, Wildscreen
Having grown up in the countryside Jemma has always been interested in wildlife, often pestering her parents to look after hedgehogs from the local animal shelter over the winter who were too small to survive by themselves. After a trip to Jersey Zoo and learning about the fate of the dodo, she knew she wanted a career with wildlife. After completing a degree in Zoology, Jemma joined the ARKive team in 2012.
Believes… that showing people the wonders of the natural world, and educating them about what threatens it is the best approach to preserving biodiversity for future generations.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Being lucky enough to see a mother orangutan and her infant climbing in the trees in the Bornean rainforest. This is closely followed by stumbling across a short-beaked echidna crossing the path in Noosa National Park, Australia.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: This one is tough as there are so many great photos and videos. The whole of the Frozen Planet series was incredible but one of my favourite moments from the series is the scene where a male Adélie penguin steals stones from his neighbours nest! Another personal favourite is this image on ARKive of a sleeping infant Bornean orangutan.Top
Kathryn Pintus ARKive Text Author, Wildscreen
Despite being a complete musical theatre, Disney and Harry Potter buff (cue loud groan from the Wildscreen office), Kathryn’s first love is wildlife. Her career started off with collecting bugs in the garden with her dad, and progressed onto a Zoology degree, followed by two Master’s degrees in Biodiversity and Conservation, and Wild Animal Biology. Kathryn joined as an ARKive Text Author after two fun-filled but manic years at IUCN in Switzerland, working in communications for the Global Species Programme.
Believes… that nature is our most valuable asset, and that educating and inspiring the conservationists of tomorrow will lead to a brighter future.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Swimming with wild manatees in Florida. They are gentle, magical creatures, and it was truly an honour to have shared their habitat for a short time!
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: Sticking with the manatee theme, I've chosen this stunning manatee image as my favourite.Top
Kay Clark Development Manager, Wildscreen
Kay is on focused on finding new ways to help people value nature. Coming from a carbon conscious background, she now finds the world’s wildlife is an inspiring way to turn hearts and minds towards pressing environmental issues.
Believes… That in our race to protect the planet, á la Heineken, Wildscreen can refresh the parts other conservation organisations just can’t reach!
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Working at an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka, just like me, when elephants take a bath they do love to have someone scrub their backs.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: Does Jungle Book count? Sorry, I just love the music!Top
Liana Vitali Science, Education and Outreach Officer, Wildscreen USA
As part of a small but mighty team in the US, Liana enjoys meeting fascinating and influential filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and educators as part of her daily work. Getting the occasional chance to explore ARKive with students in the classroom is also a pretty awesome perk!
Believes… that inspiring even one single person to appreciate nature is a success.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: No matter how many times I look at this picture, I always find it hard to tear my eyes away from the snow leopard’s eyes!Top
Liz Shaw ARKive Text Author, Wildscreen
Liz has been writing species texts and news stories for ARKive since 2008, producing profiles on everything from birds and bats to snails and snakes. More recently, Liz has helped edit texts written by students and volunteers as part of the ARKive and Universities scheme. In her spare time, Liz wanders the countryside with camera in hand, watching, photographing and writing about the wildlife she finds.
Believes… that engaging people in the natural world and inspiring them to care about it is essential if we are to successfully conserve it.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: accidentally coming within inches of a four metre long black caiman on a Peruvian rainforest lake.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: One of my favourite photos on ARKive has to be this one of the beautiful scarlet macaw, while the video of ravens playing in the snow always brings a smile to my face.Top
Lucie Muir ARKive Content Manager, Wildscreen
Growing up round the corner from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Lucie couldn’t help but become a bit obsessed with animals. After studying Zoology and Conservation at University, cementing the obsession even further, Lucie joined Wildscreen’s ARKive project in 2005. She leads our educational work, looks after the Content Team and is responsible for the excessive use of puns in the ARKive enews and blog. Gerald Durrell have a lot to answer for.
Believes… Everyone has the right to see and fall in love with nature.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: This is hard but one of my favourites has to be the 2008 Wildscreen Festival entry Hawaii Message in the Waves. It really shows the difference a film can make and it’s now the focus of a new ARKive education resource.
Then there’s the solenodon. It was my conversation starter with Sir David Attenborough when he visited the Wildscreen offices. My gran has a picture of this momentous occasion on her fridge – that’s how much of a big deal it was.Top
Michelle Lindley ARKive Research Manager, Wildscreen
Having spent many family holidays exploring the UK’s countryside and wildlife, Michelle undertook a BSc in Zoology and MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation. After a spell surveying the otter population of southern Ireland, Michelle joined Wildscreen before the launch of ARKive in 2003.
Away from the office, Michelle loves experiencing the stunning wildlife spectacles the UK and the rest of the world has to offer, and is a keen amateur wildlife photographer and gardener. Michelle is currently on maternity leave and will rejoin the team in 2014.
Believes… wildlife and environmental photography and filmmaking have a key role to play in raising awareness about the natural world and the need to conserve it.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Madagascar was always on my list of places to experience. In 2011, I was lucky enough to visit the home of Madagascar’s largest lemur, the indri, in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and listen in on family groups calling to each other in the mornings and watch them leap from branch to branch.
Favourite wildlife video/photo/film: One of my favourites, from the many amazing photographs on ARKive, is Stefano Unterthiner’s crested black macaque, It’s the thought behind the macaque’s eyes which makes this such a powerful photograph for me.Top
Verity Pitts ARKive Research Manager, Wildscreen
The intricacies of nature have fascinated Verity for as long as she can remember. After completing her PhD in avian vision, Verity joined Wildscreen’s team in 2003 to work on the ARKive project and helped develop the content, first as a Media Researcher, and then as ARKive Research Manager.
Believes… that the natural world provides an endless source of wonder.
Most memorable wildlife encounter: Vancouver Island is a stunning place and provided many memorable wildlife encounters - inquisitive gray whales investigating the boat and its occupants, kayaking with marbled murrelets, watching bears easily turning over huge rocks while foraging at the shoreline and spotting sea otters frolicking in the seaweed.Top