Meet The Team
Jeff Shea is the founder and director of World Parks, Inc. Jeff has been a passionate explorer since his youth. At the age of 27 he sailed across the Pacific Ocean and then walked out of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. He completed climbing the highest mountain on every continent in 1997, visiting every country in the world in 2003 and walking & rafting across South America in 2020. Jeff has led two Explorers Club Flag expeditions into the unexplored Meseta de Ichúm in the Venezuelan Amazon. He was the photographer for the first survey of Warming Island and for the discovery of Stray Dog West, one of the northernmost islands in the world. Jeff resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeff has a B.A. in Mathematics and an MBA from San Francisco State University, and has been published in University of Cambridge Press' Polar Record and Checklist, the Journal of Biodiversity Data.
David Markowitz is the principal ecologist and operations manager of World Parks, Inc. A conservation biologist and avid hiker, David previously worked with the U.S. Forest Service in Utah constructing trails and performing visitor outreach. He also worked with a forestry monitoring company in Israel using remote sensing and satellites to track illegal logging and wildfires around the world. As he studied the natural world, David became fascinated with the idea of nature being free to define itself without human intervention and brings that passion to his work with World Parks. Originally from Connecticut, David now resides in Florida and is a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas. David holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan.