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Photo credit Tracie Spinale.

Tracie Spinale

Program Manager, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

At the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA), Tracie collaborates with communities worldwide to create cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning experiences. She also manages SCLDA’s internship program, the Fellowships in Museum Practice program, and the Smithsonian’s Education Awards Program.

Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt

Exhibits Production Manager, Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central

Scott Schmidt is a maker and exhibits production manager at the Smithsonian. At Smithsonian Institution Exhibits, Scott’s team provides the Smithsonian community and affiliates with an array of exhibits services. 

Photo credit Christie Sampson.

Christie Sampson

Former Fellow, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Christie Sampson is a former fellow with the GIS lab at SCBI where she continues her research focused on understanding and mitigating human-elephant conflict in Myanmar.

Mel Songer taking a break from tracking a conflict elephant for collaring in the Bago Yoma, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of Christie Sampson.

Melissa Songer (Mel)

Conservation Biologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Melissa Songer is a conservation biologist researching ways to help sustain and restore species in the wild.     

Photo courtesy of Peter Leimgruber.

Peter Leimgruber

Landscape Ecologist and Conservation Biologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Peter Leimgruber is a landscape ecologist and conservation biologist studying biodiversity conservation of extinction-prone species including Asian elephant, Mongolian gazelle, Przewalski’s horse, tiger, and giant panda.

Head curator for Beyond Bollywood exhibit focusing on Indian Americans

Masum Momaya

Museum Curator, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Dr. Masum Momaya has over 20 years of experience working for women’s rights, gender, race and class equality, and social justice. She is a former Museum Curator at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Her most recent exhibition, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, showed at the National Museum of Natural History from 2014-2015 and is currently traveling around the United States and India.

Photo credit George Stoyle – Earth in Focus.

Steve Box

Vice President, Global Fisheries Solutions, RARE

Steve Box is a marine biologist studying the effects of fishing practices that endanger more than half of our ocean’s biodiversity. 


Geoffrey “Jess” Parker

Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Jess oversees the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) forest-monitoring plot in Edgewater, MD. The forest ecology research he directs at SERC helps to create a baseline for judging how climate change affects temperate forests globally.