SEE Turtles Staff
Brad Nahill: Co-Founder & President
Brad has worked in sea turtle conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education for 20 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. For these efforts, Brad received the prestigious Changemakers Award from the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2019 on behalf of SEE Turtles.
Brad is the editor and lead writer of Sea Turtle Research and Conservation: Lessons From The Field by Elsevier Press (2020) and a co-author of the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles (2014). He is a National Geographic Explorer, was awarded the President’s Award for his work as the chair of the Awards Committee of the International Sea Turtle Society, 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 has taught ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College. He has been director of SEE Turtles since its founding and became President after the organization became an independent non-profit organization in 2016.
Dr. Adriana Cortes: Director of Latin America Programs
Adriana is a veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience working with sea turtles. She has worked in different communities in the conservation and protection of sea turtles. She studied her master's and PhD in wildlife management and public health. Her doctoral thesis specialized in pollutants in sea turtles, focusing on the population of the Escobilla Sanctuary. She also did a post-doctorate at Paris-Saclay University in France on the causes of stranding of marine turtles and mammals on the Oaxaca coast. She has also worked as a facilitator and giving different training programs and workshops on sustainable fishing, medical care for stranded turtles, etc. Dr. Cortes is part of the advisory council of the Escobilla Sanctuary and the State Committee of the Wetlands in Oaxaca. Adriana has participated in various international conferences and has published several articles in high-impact scientific journals. With SEE Turtles, Adriana will be coordinating with our partners around Latin America, facilitating grants through our Billion Baby Turtles, Sea Turtles & Plastic, and Too Rare To Wear campaigns, heading up our Sea Turtle Inclusivity Fund, and supporting the organization’s communications and outreach efforts.
Bethany Holtz: Outreach Manager
Bethany is a turtle researcher, web designer, educator, and social media manager. She has a Master’s of Science in Biology from St Joseph’s (Philadelphia) and has worked as a research assistant on projects studying loggerhead sea turtles in North Carolina, leatherback, green and hawksbill sea turtles in St. Croix, and diamondback terrapins in New Jersey. She is currently the web designer and social media manager for Medford Lakes NJ. With SEE Turtles, Bethany will be managing the organization’s social media channels, Sea Turtle Week, and partner outreach. Follow her on Instagram and TikTok at @Sea_n_tist.
Paula von Weller: Too Rare To Wear Campaign Manager
Paula is a field biologist with fifteen years of experience in protected and endangered species fieldwork. She has worked for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and environmental consulting firms conducting fieldwork in the US, the Arctic, Latin America, and the tropical Pacific. She has experience working with various sea turtle, marine mammal, and bird species. Paula has been involved with SEE Turtles since 2009 and has a BS in Biology from Portland State University.
Camille Duquet: Outreach & Fundraising Coordinator
Cami’s involvement with sea turtle conservation started on South Padre Island TX at Sea Turtle Inc, where she conducted nesting surveys for the critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley and assisted with rehabilitation and education. She is currently a field technician with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in Charleston SC, where she performs nesting surveys for the Loggerhead on remote barrier islands and carries out stranding response throughout the state. Prior to sea turtle conservation, Cami worked at a regional land trust in Massachusetts, where she focused on outreach, communications, marketing, and fundraising for land protection. Cami will provide capacity to individual giving and social media management of the Too Rare To Wear and Billion Baby Turtles Campaigns.
Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne