Led by journalist Jessica Aldred, who has over twenty years of newsroom experience, the ORN team has an extensive background in ocean reporting, environmental communications, data journalism, and more.
Director of Environmental Investigations
Gustavo Faleiros is the Director of Environmental Investigations for the Pulitzer Center, where he coordinates the Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN). Based in São Paulo, Brazil, he is an environmental journalist and media trainer specializing in data-driven journalism. In 2012, he launched InfoAmazonia, a digital platform that uses satellite imagery and other publicly available data to report on the nine Amazon rainforest countries.
Before that, he was the editor of the Brazilian environmental news site O Eco. Faleiros began his career as a reporter for Valor Econômico, Brazil's leading financial newspaper, covering infrastructure and sanitation. He was also twice selected as a Knight International Journalism Fellow at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) due to his work to promote data literacy and geojournalism. Between 2014 and 2017, he worked with the Earth Journalism Network (EJN), where he led the Council of the Partners, the climate mentorship program, and activities in Africa and Latin America.
Faleiros earned a master's degree in Environment, Politics and Globalization from King's College London and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP). He has also contributed to several publications such as Nature, Scientific American, The Guardian-UK, Revista Piauí and Folha de São Paulo.
Research Editor, Environmental Investigations
Jelter Meers is the Research Editor of the Pulitzer Center's Environment Investigations Unit, which includes the Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN) and Oceans initiative. He started as an investigative reporter at the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting in Illinois, where he wrote accountability stories on housing, migrant labor, and big agriculture.
After a year of reporting on human trafficking and the migrant crisis in Europe, he began to specialize in organized crime and money laundering. He joined the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in 2018 as a daily news reporter and then as a researcher. In 2020, he became the global network’s coordinating editor.
As a reporter, researcher and editor, he worked on projects such as Dubai’s Golden Sands, the Troika Laundromat, the FinCEN Files, and Blowing Unsmoke, using his expertise to uncover hidden assets, international money trails, offshore company ownership, and transnational organized crime groups.
Before becoming a research editor, he was the editorial coordinator of the Rainforest Investigations Network and helped RIN Fellows deepen their investigations by tracking supply chains and finding the ultimate beneficial owners of companies linked to deforestation.
Program Coordinator, Environmental Investigations
Doménica is a journalist based in Quito, Ecuador. She has experience covering stories about human rights, environmental issues, Indigenous peoples, and gender. Doménica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bennington College and was a member of the second cohort of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network in 2022. Doménica is passionate about nature and human rights.