An Organization of Volunteers

Wilderness Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) based in the New York metropolitan area and run by a small group of volunteers.  We receive no salaries or compensation of any kind.  One hundred percent of the funds we raise is devoted to putting our expeditions in the field and developing expedition-based teaching material for educators.

Board of Directors

Sheldon Bart, president, was the leader of the 1996 American Expedition to Baffin Island in the Canadian eastern Arctic.  He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the American Polar Society since 1998, and currently chairs the APS Development Committee.  A published author, he has lectured at the Explorers Club, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, the Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University.

Moki Kokoris, director, is the founder of “90-north,” an IPY-sanctioned multidisciplinary educational program presented in schools across the Northeast.  Ms. Kokoris is also the United Nations Representative for the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations.  She has served on the Planning and Declaration Committees of the UN Conference on Climate Change, and is senior editor of the UN Climate Caucus Framework for Action Report.

Julia Lord, director, operates Julia Lord Literary Management, a literary agency based in New York City.  Initially an actor’s representative, Ms. Lord joined the Monty Silver Agency in 1985, eventually opening the agency’s first literary department.  She established her own literary agency in 1999.

Dr. Raymond Sambrotto, director, is a Doherty Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.  Dr. Sambrotto has undertaken oceanographic studies in both Arctic and Antarctic regions on the biological productivity of the polar seas.  He has studied extensive regions covered by the Arctic ice pack both above the surface on icebreakers and below in nuclear submarines.

Education Adviser

Dr. Michael J. Passow teaches Science at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey, and is the founder and organizer of the Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.  To date, E2C has sponsored more than 100 collaborations between research scientists and classroom teachers, producing an array of educational resources disseminated on its website,  Dr. Passow has taught Earth Science for almost 4 decades in New York and New Jersey.  He received the 2010 Fellows award of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) and the 2009 Fellows Award of the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).  He has served as President of NESTA, STANYS, and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers—Eastern Section.