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I pursue both oceanography and photography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and run my own freelance photography business. I use photography as a tool to educate and inspire the public about science and environmental conservation issues. I work closely with researchers in the field, documenting them as they study the environment — from the deck of an icebreaking ship in the Arctic Ocean or a tent near a penguin colony.
My goals as a science photographer are to educate the public about research methods and results, to inspire the next generation of scientists, and to communicate the need to protect wild places and endangered wildlife. My education and training as an oceanographer give me a special insight into photographing marine science. I have spent over a year of my life at sea on research ships, with over half of that time spent in the Arctic Ocean.
I was recently awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to document polar research during the 2007-2008 International Polar Year. My images have appeared in museums, books, calendars, and international magazines, including Geo (Germany), Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, and Wired. I am the author of The Photographer’s Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands (Countryman Press, 2007). A solo exhibition of my photographs, titled “Exploring the Arctic Seafloor,” opened at the Field Museum in Chicago in February 2007 and is currently on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. I am a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Click here to read all my posts on RESOLVE.
Click here to see daily photo essays from the fifth “Live from the Poles” expedition to the Bering Sea, from April 4 to May 12, 2009.