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Our Story

Nova Conservation is a conservation opportunity and eco-tourism adventure database.  

We partner with institutions, organizations and eco-tourism companies to provide participants with an easy-to-use platform for finding volunteer, job, internship and eco-trip opportunities.


I’m Laura Marsh. I founded Nova Conservation because I felt compelled to share my passion for wildlife biology and nature. I’ve spent almost a decade doing hands-on-the-ground field research in ecology and ornithology. My goal in life is to help others experience and encounter wildlife so they are motivated and educated to protect it.


I love traveling, especially to visit special ecosystems and unusual wildlife. In my travels, I have longed for an easier way to connect with other biologists, engage in their research, and learn from their expertise. Even for me, a fellow scientist, it has always been hard to find research opportunities or even credible eco-tourism experiences. 


My purpose in life is clear — help others to learn more about our planet to protect it. This idea is why I founded Nova Conservation — To help others help our planet by easily connecting them hands-on, educational experiences.

We need everyone to more easily access environmental opportunities.


I’ve committed my career to conservation efforts, and am now helping others more easily access these amazing opportunities, whether it looks like a remote trip to help researchers, or a more cushy, yet ethical eco-tour, to everything in between. 

Nova Conservation connects people, including non-scientists, who want more than an ordinary vacation or experience. We provide vacation experiences and local volunteer opportunities that offer participation in exciting scientific research. These experiences enable people to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world we live in— all while giving back to the important organizations that keep our planet healthy.

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I believe there are many other people besides myself who are willing to give time and money to embark on an adventure in conservation research. Our generation especially seeks exciting, charitable experiences — “traveling with a purpose”— and what better way to give back to the planet than having a meaningful and educated connection with nature.

As we are just getting started on our journey, we would love any collaborations and partnerships. We currently are offering free experience and volunteer event postings.

 

To learn more, please schedule a one-on-one informative meeting with a member of our team: calendly.com/novaconservation.

 

We look forward to seeing you on our next adventure!

Our Team

Laura Marsh

Founder / CEO

Laura Marsh – Founder

Laura Marsh is a field ornithologist and conservation biologist, as well as the founder of Nova Conservation. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Science and has spent nine years conducting biological fieldwork and environmental education. She has worked for various institutions, including the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. Laura also volunteers at Chattanooga Audubon Society and other ornithological societies when she’s not chasing birds in the field or her two young boys around the house.

 

 Kelsey Bernard – Social Media Director 

Kelsey Bernard is the social media director for Nova Conservation. She graduated from Washington State University in 2017 with a degree in Zoology. Kelsey has since worked on various wildlife projects throughout the country. She has a special interest in carnivore conservation and uses social media and blog writing to connect people to learn about these fascinating animals. Currently, Kelsey works as a wildlife technician with SUNY-ESF studying social organization, predator-prey relationships and overall reintroduction success of wolves in Isle Royale National Park. Kelsey’s excited to be a part of an organization that allows people a unique opportunity to experience the environment.

Kelsey Bernard

Social Media Director

Emily Baxley

Blog Editor

 

Emily Baxley – Blog Editor

Emily Baxley has educating herself in lifestyle conservation for the past 10 years. She is committed to the long, steady journey of forming her and her family’s lifestyle to not just serve themselves but to serve the planet. Emily’s most passionate about zero waste living, organic gardening and plant-based eating. Most importantly, she works to educate the next generation about environmental conservation — especially her kids Story (3) and Buddy (1). Her children inspire her to continually learn and grow in conservation awareness. Emily currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family and dog, Chloe. 

 

Carly Miller – Content Writer

 

Carly Miller is the blog and content writer for us here at Nova Conservation. She’s a New York native currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel getting her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Carly is a wildlife and nature enthusiast who strives to make an impact on the world through her writing. You can find her diving in the Red Sea, teaching SUP Pilates, or napping with her dog when she isn’t fighting the good fight for environmental conservation.

Carly Miller

Content Writer

Emma Reigel

Marketing Director

 

Emma Reigel – Marketing Strategist 

Emma Reigel is the lead Marketing strategist at Nova Conservation. She is not only a marketing expert but a horse farm owner, sustainable vegetable gardener, and sustainability enthusiast. In between watering vegetables and taking care of her animals she studies geology and does field research.  

Carly Miller

Content Writer

 

Steven Hernandez-Digital Marketing Intern

Steven is our digital marketing intern. He graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2020 with a degree in Advertising with a digital media focus. Steven grew up with a family of nature lovers and visited national wildlife refuges like Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa frequently in his home region of the Rio Grande Valley. He hopes to use his skills in media to reach out and get others to see the importance of conservation. Outside of media, Steven loves to run the Lady Bird Lake trail, host game nights, and cook/bake vegan.

 

Hannah Lam – Partnership Intern

Hannah Lam is the Partnership Intern here at Nova Conservation. She graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in Environmental Science. She spent her senior year researching elephant conservation and behavior. Hannah is excited to be a part of an organization that brings natural and ethical experiences to the public, and desires to share her conservation passion with future generations. A Louisiana-native, you can find her exploring the State Parks or adding drawings to her sketchbook.

Hannah Lam

Partnership Intern

Steven Hernandez

Digital Marketing Intern

 

Steven Hernandez – Digital Marketing Intern

Steven Hernandez is our digital marketing intern. He graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 2020 with a degree in Advertising with a digital media focus. Steven grew up with a family of nature lovers and visited national wildlife refuges like Santa Ana and Laguna Atascosa frequently in his home region of the Rio Grande Valley. He hopes to use his skills in media to reach out and get others to see the importance of conservation. Outside of media, Steven loves to run the Lady Bird Lake trail, host game nights, and cook/bake vegan. 

 

Jerrica Madden – Blog Writer

Jerrica Madden is a blog writer at Nova Conservation. SHe currently attends University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and double majors in Biology: General and Environmental Science: Conservation, Biodiversity and Natural Resources. Jerrica’s passion to conserve species in their natural habitat, while researching them, led her to become a part of the Nova Conservation team! In her spare time you’ll find her reading one of her seventy non-fiction science books, as she is constantly trying to learn more!

Jerrica Madden

Blog Writer

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