Our Team ⋆ Boiling River
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Our Team


Director, Geoscientist, & Community Liaison


Andrés is the founder and director of the Boiling River Project, a non-profit organization, as well as a geoscientist, science communicator, author, and educator. He is a TED Speaker, TED Book Author, and National Geographic Explorer. Andrés holds degrees in Geology and Finance from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX), where he is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Geophysics.


His primary research focus is geothermal exploration and heat flow mapping. Andrés originally heard about the Boiling River as a detail in a childhood legend. He began investigating the claim in 2010, while working on the Geothermal Map of Peru, and became the first geoscientist to obtain permission to study the sacred river in 2011. He returns to the Amazon every year to continue the scientific research and conservation work in the Boiling River area.


Marketing & Outreach Specialist


Sofía Ruzo is a marketing specialist, writer, and fieldwork collaborator. She has served as the head of marketing for clients from a variety of industries, both agency- and client-side, including: non-profit, high-end luxury retail, healthcare, information technology, and brands focused on the Hispanic/Latino market. Currently, she is the Chief Marketing Officer of Fairchild Partners, a commercial real estate firm in South Florida.


She graduated magna cum laude with degrees in English Literature and Marketing/Management from Hillsdale College. Upon obtaining her master’s degree in Advertising from Southern Methodist University (SMU), she moved to Peru for the “The Geothermal Map of Peru” project, where she was the photographer, videographer, and fieldwork collaborator in the creation of Peru’s heat flow map. She was invited to blog from the field on National Geographic’s Explorers Journal, where you can read about the adventures behind the work. She has been involved in the Boiling River Project since 2012, serving as fieldwork collaborator, photographer, as well as the author’s internal editor for the TED Book and TED Talk about the initiative. Sofía serves as the marketing specialist for the Boiling River Project, handling its digital strategy and marketing in order to make the site relevant to a non-Amazonian audience.


Photographer & Anthropologist


Devlin Gandy is a photographer, anthropologist, archaeologist, rock climber, and National Geographic Explorer. He holds a degree in anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. In 2013, he received a National Geographic grant to survey and record Native American rock art sites in Southern California, searching for sacred sites in urban spaces in an effort to record and protect this valuable cultural heritage.


His current research includes: the application and usage of digital media and spaces to record, protect, and share archaeology and other cultural resources; anthropogenic landscape changes in North America, and a number of ongoing photography projects recording landscape and cultural changes in California. Devlin has served as the principal photographer for the project since 2015.


Conservation Technologist & Engineer


Shah Selbe is an engineer, conservation technologist, and National Geographic Explorer that works with communities, NGOs, and developing countries globally to identify, develop, and deploy technologies that can help stop poaching, overfishing, and some of our greatest conservation challenges. This includes low-cost observation platforms (conservation drones, acoustic sensors, open source sensors, satellite imagery, etc.) and better methods to share and manage the data gathered (using mobile technologies, crowdsourcing, the internet). Shah holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Riverside. He obtained his master’s degree in Systems Architecture & Engineering from University of Southern California (USC). He is the project engineer/technologist for the Okavango Wilderness Project, an ambitious effort to create an open source environmental monitoring mesh network to monitor Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta.


This sensor network provides real-time open data and will be available through open source hardware and the website to be replicated in any ecosystem on the planet. His work in conservation technology has resulted in being honored as a 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist, 2011 Ocean Exchange Gulfstream Navigator Finalist, 2011 Katerva Award Nominee, 2013 National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer, 2014 UCR Young Alumni Award, 2015 PopTech Fellow, and 2016 New England Aquarium Fellow. Shah is the chief technologist for the Boiling River project.


Individuals and organizations actively collaborating with the Boiling River Project to protect the area.


Individuals and organizations who have given time, money, exposure, data, mentorship, or other support to the Boiling River Project.