MEET THE Team

Our team includes a diverse range of writers, photographers, filmmakers, designers, technicians, researchers, educators and students.

Together, we bring the stories of our water to life.

Core Team

Michael Forsberg

Co-Founder & Director

Mike was born and raised in Nebraska and has been a professional photographer for 30 years. His books and films focus on wildlife and conservation stories in the Great Plains.

Michael Farrell

Co-Founder

Michael is an artist, author, and 51-year veteran of public media, where he produced and managed documentaries about the culture, history, and environment of the Great Plains.

Mariah Lundgren

Project Manager & Producer | She/her

Mariah is a filmmaker and photographer, passionate about storytelling and conservation in the Great Plains and American West.

Ethan Freese

Producer & Photographer | he/him

Ethan is a photographer passionate about prairies and wetlands and he hopes to use photography to show others the value of these under-appreciated ecosystems.

Grant Reiner

Producer & Cinematographer

Grant is a filmmaker and photographer passionate about conservation storytelling; showcasing under-appreciated landscapes and species.

Dakota Altman

Producer & Instructor | he/him

Dakota finds passion through photography as a means to bridge disciplines and cultivate meaningful relationships with the natural world.

Carlee Moates

Producer & Instructor | she/her

Carlee is a storyteller, photographer, and lifelong student and teacher. She is inspired by the beauties of nature and aims to encourage further contemplation of ecology.

Sidney Parks

Graphic Designer & Animator | she/her

Sidney is a graphic designer and animator, and loves being able to educate others through well-thought-out design, especially about the natural world.

Current Contributors

Caden Connelly

Production Intern | he/him

Dave Showalter

Field Assistant

Elijah Riley

Production Intern | He/him

Emily Nelson

Production Intern | she/her

Emma Balunek

Graduate Student | She/her

Grace Carey

Production Intern | She/her

Jeff Dale

Camera Engineer

Josh Nazarenus

Production Intern | He/him

Kim Hachiya

Editor & Advisor | She/her

Mary Harner

Ecosystem Ecologist | She/her

Mirzo Mirzokarimov

Field Technician

Marissa Lindemann

Production Intern | She/Her

Ted Lagrange

Wetland Biologist

Valentina Catalano

Production Intern

FORMER Contributors

Aaron Lee

Production Intern

Alexandria Lundvall

Production Intern

Amy Morris

Production Intern

Andrew Wentz

Production Intern

Ariana Brocious

Producer

Ashley Oblander

Contributor

Ben Gottesman

Contributor

Benjamin Vogt

Contributor

Brian Seifferlein

Producer

Brooke Talbott

Production Assistant

Burk Knowlton

Contributor

Cristina Woodworth

Production Intern

Dana Fritz

Commissioned Storyteller

Dat Ha

Contributor

Dave Leatherman

Contributor

David Weber

Camera Technician

Ella Bishop-Heil

Contributor

Elsie Stormberg

Storytelling Intern

Emily Levine

Contributor

Emma Brinley Buckley

Researcher & Scientist

Emma Krab

Storytelling Intern

Erin McCready

Production Intern

Evan Barrientos

Contributor

Favian Mendez Rodriguez

Production Intern

Gabriella Parsons

Production Intern 

Grace Bullington

Production Intern

Grace Gaard

Contributor 

Hannah Gavle

Social Media Intern

Heather Johnson

Contributor

Isabella Gomez

Contributor

Jackie Sojico

Contributor

Joe Arneson

Production Intern

Jonathan Nikkila

Contributor

Joshua Redwine

Contributor

Kara Kielty-Connor

Production Intern

Kat Shiffler

Producer

Katelyn Nimic

Contributor

Katie Nieland

Contributor

Kery Harrelson

Field Assistant

Kimberly Tri

Contributor

Kylee Warren

Commissioned Storyteller

Lena Nelson

News & Events Intern

Maddie Schiltmeyer

Social Media Intern

Madeline Cass

Commissioned Storyteller

Mary Anne Andrei

Producer

Matt Hoobler

Contributor

Matt Waite

Web & Technology Advisor

Meg Rice

Social Media Intern

Melissa Amateis

Copy Editor

Merika Andrade

Storytelling Intern

Mia Everding

News & Events Intern

Michaela Daughtery

Social Media Intern

Mikaela Deptula

Production Intern

Morgan Spiehs

Producer

Nicole Pauley

Contributor

Peter Stegen

Producer & Cinematographer

Rachel Holt

Social Media Intern

Renee San Souci

Contributor

Sagan Smith

Storytelling Intern

Sarah Brey

Comissioned Storyteller

Sarah Sortum

Contributor

Sierra Harris

Producer

Simon Tye

Researcher

Sophia Balunek

Contributor

Steve Den

Contributor

Steven Speicher

Producer & Web Developer

Teagan Gaul

Production Intern

Trinity Thompson

Web Design Intern

Valerie Cuppens Bates

Education Producer

Yahya Shema

Production Intern

Zoe Mays

Production Intern

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