Nick Spano, Ph.D., is an alumnus of UC Berkeley and founder of Where the Wild Things Were. His doctoral research focused on reconstructing population sizes and assessing extinction causes of Ice Age to Recent large vertebrates. During this time, Nick conceived of creating Where the Wild Things Were while curiously browsing historic range maps of charismatic vertebrates. His education and outreach interests include connecting information about past, present, and projected environmental changes to promote interdisciplinary conservation action.
Lisa White, Ph.D., is Director of Education and Outreach at the UC Museum of Paleontology. A micropaleontologist by training, Lisa directs the expansion of the Museum’s online materials and learning resources, including the award-winning Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science websites. A Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the Geological Society of America, Lisa has extensive experience with field-based science outreach programs and she is active in efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the geosciences.
Shane Loeffler is an Earth scientist, software developer, and cartographer at the University of Minnesota. Shane is the team’s web cartography consultant, drawing upon his experience developing the geoscience outreach app, Flyover Country. This app allows users to explore landscapes on flights, hikes, drives, or train rides using data from The Paleobiology Database and more.
Where the Wild Things Were is supported by a Paleontological Society Education & Outreach Grant.