Laura Williams

Laura Williams worked to conserve Russian nature for nearly three decades. Laura earned a Master's degree in Conservation Biology from Yale and worked at WWF-Russia. Her husband Igor Shpilenok founded and directed the Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve in western Russia. They traveled throughout Russa, documenting the Russian wilderness, but made their home in the village of Chukrai, Bryansk region. Laura passed away in 2018 after a tragic accident.


Chado, the Roving Superdog (The Blog)
Field of Dreams (May/June 2014)
Stolby and Stolbisty (November/December 2013)
Faith in Progress (May/June 2009)
Rural Medicine: Remedies and Realities (March/April 2008)
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (July/August 2007)
The Bug that Brought Russia to its Knees (July/August 2007)
Kamchatka Disaster (The Blog)
Mother's Milk (March/April 2007)
Bears in the Mist (November/December 2006)
Village Injustice (July/August 2006)
The Wonders of Kamchatka (July/August 2006)
Chado, the Roving Superdog (May/June 2006)
Village Fashion (March/April 2006)
The Road to New Year's (January/February 2006)
The Lesson (November/December 2005)
To Bathe or Not to Bathe (September/October 2005)
Saving the Desman (July/August 2005)
The Bryansk Forest Sternly Stirred (May/June 2005)
Bringing in the New Year (November/December 2004)
Living with the White Storks (September/October 2004)
Fall in the Morning, Winter in the Afternoon (September/October 2004)
Village Notes: Ivan Kupala (July/August 2004)
The Bear Whisperers (July/August 2004)
May the Earth Be As Soft As Feathers (January/February 2004)
Kalmykia: Reviving the Dusty Plain (September/October 2003)
The Lure of Kunashir (July/August 2003)
Mementos of Russian Summer (July/August 2003)
A Spring Day Feeds You For a Year (March/April 2003)
Keeping a Sweet Tradition Alive (July/August 2002)

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