ELAW is Growing Stronger

We are pleased to welcome two new additions to the ELAW Science Team. Fernanda and Bree started this week and will work from their homes in Santiago, Chile, and on the Oregon Coast, respectively.

Dr. Fernanda Salinas

Fernanda brings experience with environmental impact assessment in Chile and a passion for informing environmental decision-making with sound science. She holds a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology and a degree in environmental biology from the University of Chile, where she also lectured. Fernanda collaborated with ELAW partners at the Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente (FIMA) for years, serving as an expert witness in cases involving biodiversity, climate change, public health, and paleontological heritage in a broad range of ecosystems, including wetlands, forests, and coastal and marine environments. 

Dr. Bree Yednock
Marine Ecology 

Bree brings experience in marine and coastal ecosystem assessment, research, and protection. She managed the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve on the southern Oregon Coast, where she worked on habitat conservation, biodiversity assessment, and research and monitoring of climate impacts on the coastal environment. Bree holds a doctorate in environmental and evolutionary biology from the University of Louisiana, a master’s in coastal, marine, and wetland studies from Coastal Carolina University, and a bachelor’s in environmental studies from the University of Oregon. She has testified before Oregon’s legislature and worked closely with attorneys on legislative reform.

ELAW’s Science Team provides multi-disciplinary assistance to ELAW partners, including critiquing environmental impact assessments, submitting expert testimony to courts, helping partners educate communities, developing environmental monitoring systems, and recommending sustainable solutions.

We are thrilled to have new skills and expertise on our team to advance our collaboration with partners in more than 80 countries to defend communities and ecosystems.

Learn more about our team here.

Bern Johnson
Executive Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

P.S. Killian Bryan O. Doherty’s family recently published Killian’s book, Soccer Tales of Social Ties, posthumously. The book details Killian’s experience connecting with people around the world through his love of soccer.

From the book:
Soccer is not only the world’s most accessible game, it is also the world’s most universal language. It is spoken by more people than any other language on Earth. The author relates his many experiences playing soccer around the world, on groomed pitches, on beaches, in vacant fields, on rural streets and in the middle of the Amazon, but it was the interaction with others that those experiences provided that enriched his life. While he extols the benefits of the “beautiful game,” he celebrates the human connections that his love for soccer enabled him to make.

Killian was a dear colleague at ELAW who exemplified true commitment to advancing environmental justice in his personal and professional life.

The Doherty Family has generously offered to donate all proceeds from sales of Killian’s book to the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide to support our work with advocates around the world to defend communities and ecosystems.