Keith is a freshwater underwater naturalist, writer and photographer. He has a BS in Environmental Biology from Kutztown University and a MS in Ecological Teaching and Learning from the Lesley University Audubon Expedition Institute. Keith is the founder of Freshwater Journeys, an outfitter dedicated to connecting people to rivers through snorkeling and has led thousands of people on river snorkeling explorations over the last 15 years. Keith has developed river snorkeling based curriculum and has established freshwater snorkeling programs for non-profits and the US Forest Service. Snorkeling Streams and Rivers: an Aquatic Guide to Underwater Discovery and Adventure is his second book about river snorkeling. Keith is a nationally registered Paramedic and Swift Water Rescue Technician.
Twan is a biologist from The Netherlands interested in animal ecology and conservation management. For more than twenty years his work with birds, mammals, plants and especially tropical amphibians and reptiles has taken him to various places on the planet. As a former researcher at Yale University’s Peabody Museum and other institutions he participated in many international expeditions that helped gather data to better understand and protect biologically important areas and their unique species and habitats. Before coming to western NY, Twan taught biology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and went back into the ‘trenches’ of hands-on conservation research and education while leading the Science and Conservation Office of the Connecticut Audubon Society. As Senior Director of Science & Conservation at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, he now applies his experience to our region and develops new conservation research and education initiatives that aim to spark increased interest in the area’s exceptional natural assets while providing economic incentives to promote good environmental stewardship.