Executive Director of Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education
Jacob Marlin is Executive Director for BFREE and President of the BFREE Board of Directors. Raised in Washington, D.C., he had a passion for the natural world at a young age, with a focus on reptiles and amphibians. In his early twenties, Jacob travelled to Belize to explore the country and its wild places – soon after, in 1995, he co-founded and established BFREE. Jacob is an active advocate for the conservation and protection of the Bladen Nature Reserve and the larger system of National Protected Areas in Belize. Jacob is adjunct assistant professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Some of the recent conservation initiatives he has developed and managed are the “Integrated Community-Based Harpy Eagle and Avian Conservation Program for the Maya Mountains Massif” in 2006 with Dr. Jamie Rotenberg of UNCW; “Hicatee Conservation and Research Center,” in 2011 with Rick Hudson of the Turtle Survival Alliance, and “Belize Cacao-based Agroforestry Restoration Project (BCARP)” in 2012 in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Jacob splits his time between Belize and Gainesville, Florida. Most recently, in 2015, he has established the Monkey River Watershed Association in an effort to provide a structure for stakeholders to share information and work together to solve problems and find solutions, all for the overall purpose of protecting and conserving the health of the watershed.
Jacob splits his time between the US for BFREE headquarters in Gainesville, Florida and the BFREE Field Station in Belize, Central America.
Rotenberg, J.A., Marlin, J., Meacham, S, & Tolfree, S. (2007). An Integrated Community-based Harpy Eagle and Avian Conservation Program for the Maya Mountains Massif, Belize. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference: Tundra to Tropics, (pp. 493-507).