Bob Marshall is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered the people, stories, and environmental issues of Louisiana’s wetlands for more than 35 years for The Times-Picayune as well as for national publications. He now writes for The Lens. An avid outdoorsman, he has spent much of his adult life in the marshes and swamps of South Louisiana, charting the demise of wetlands he calls “my office and playground.”
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Marie Gould has spent more than 25 years boating and kayaking in the wetlands surrounding New Orleans with her husband, Bob Marshall. She had a long career working in education and was a seasonal forest ranger for many years. She ran a program that brought New Orleans children to the Colorado wilderness and rafting the Grand Canyon.
Chris Staudinger uses various mediums to tell stories of water, rivers, the queer landscapes they make, and people’s relationship with them. He writes for various publications and guides canoe and kayak trips in the Louisiana wetlands and the Mississippi River. He is working with local writers to use stories about water to build a paper canoe.
John Hazlett is a professor at the University of New Orleans where he directs the BA in International Studies Program. He has taught at universities and directed summer programs around the world. John is currently teaching a course in American Nature Writing. An avid kayaker (and failed fisherman), John is determined to navigate as many of Southeast Louisiana’s waterways as he can in the next ten years.
A native of Plaquemines Parish, Richie Blink, grew up paddling a pirogue through his rapidly eroding parish that is now 65% water. He is a crew boat captain navigating the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. In his free time he represents shrimpers on the Plaquemines Parish Coastal Advisory Board. He has planted more than ten thousand cypress trees in Louisiana’s wetlands in order to reverse land loss and reduce storm surge near his home south of New Orleans. A video about his cypress plantings can be seen here.
Since building his first kayak in the late 1970’s, Clyde has paddled many rivers, creeks, bayous and lakes throughout the Southeast United States.
A retired civil engineer, he now enjoys showing the natural beauty of the swamps and marshes to locals and tourists alike.
When not leading kayak swamp tours, Clyde enjoys fishing, canoeing and bicycling with his family and friends.
Katya Schoenberg grew up kayaking in the Pacific Ocean and bays on the Northern California coast. She has been working as a kayak guide here in the bayous around New Orleans for the past two years, and is enchanted by the swamp and marsh ecosystems. She also works for the United Houma Nation, the tribe of American Indians native to southeastern Louisiana, and is committed to the fight for climate justice.