Jordan Flagel

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & FOUNDER

Jordan is a former elite athlete and current environmental scientist who has lived and worked/studied in six different countries. He holds a BA in Environmental Geography from the University of Calgary, an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management from the University of Malta, and an MSc in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University. Before starting TREE, Jordan spent several years working in the forests of Guyana and Belize educating on tropical forest ecology, forest management, and sustainable development. 

In addition to working in environmental education and adventure eco-tourism, Jordan has done forest monitoring, river monitoring, and was briefly a research assistant to Dr. Jake Bicknell in Guyana. Jordan was also a marine ecology and coastal management educator in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System of Belize. In Canada, his home country, Jordan was one of 11 participants selected for the Young Leaders for a Sustainable Future program and one of the inaugural participants in the United Nations Green Corps program for environmental professionals. He was also a short-term consultant for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and an environmental policy analyst for the Canada West Foundation. 

Prior to life in the forest Jordan was a dual-sport athlete at the University of Calgary, playing four years on the varsity football and basketball teams. After graduating he played professional football for one season in Germany before finding his true calling in the recesses of the greater Amazon basin. Even though he is most content in the forest, Jordan can still be found in cities and at the beach surfing, free diving, and interacting with people from all cultures. Traveling, spending time with family and good friends, and laying in a hammock are the most enjoyable things in his life. 


Emil Grinage

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Emil was born and raised in the beautiful country of Belize. He is an experienced water treatment technician and environmental educator. Emil holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Galen University and specializes in water quality testing and distribution systems.

Working with Dr. Ed Boles, a watershed ecologist and professor at Galen, Emil has increased his knowledge of ecological systems and the importance of riparian forest conservation. He is also a member of the Belize chapter of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation (MSBC).

Emil's interests are mainly in ecological restoration, permaculture, regenerative agriculture, and reversing the negative effects of ocean acidification as means of mitigating climate change.

Prior to working in water treatment and environmental education, Emil was also an athlete on the Galen Eagles basketball team, Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) champions for four consecutive years. Other than that, he enjoys cooking traditional Belizean meals and hanging out at family barbecues by the river in San Ignacio or Corozal.


Jaren Serano

PROJECT OFFICER

Jaren was born and raised in the pristine and culturally diverse country of Belize. He spent most his childhood exploring and traversing various Belizean ecosystems, both aquatic and terrestrial. He is well versed with jungle expeditions having done countless treks conducting research in areas such as the Chiquibul National Park and the Bladen Reserve. Jaren holds a degree in Natural Resource Management from Sacred Heart Junior College.

Jaren has a deep understanding of the different ecosystems in Belize, in large part from working alongside several non-governmental organisations in Belize such as Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) and Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education. He is also an alumni of the Ecology Project International (EPI) Belize Program. Jaren enjoys sharing his knowledge of the different ecosystems in Belize with people from all walks of life. His main interests are the savannah ecosystems, the riparian Forest, the Mayan Mountains, and protecting any endangered species found in Belize.

While attending college Jaren was a member of the Sacred Heart Scorpions soccer team, where he helped his team win gold at the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB) National Soccer Competition in 2016. Jaren can usually be found reveling in the jungles of Belize while being calmly serenaded by the sounds of birds that rest in the canopies of the trees.