Curriculum Vitae

VISION
Conserving the wild animals and wild places in our world is what I care about most and photography is the tool that allows me to achieve it. By working either with conservation organizations that need high quality pictures or with magazines that have an interested readership is it possible to increase the awareness of our endangered species. My specialties include wild cat and endangered species photography. Using highly customized digital SLR camera traps and conventional photographic techniques, extensive natural history research, as well as working closely with in-the-field biologists, I cover the whole story about an animal.

PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECTS

Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan
October 2016 
Spent seven weeks covering research of Panthera’s snow leopard team in the Tian Shan mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan, as well as obtaining multiple high-resolution pictures of snow leopards via camera traps.


SFBBO Snowy Plover Banding
July 2016
Photographed the research and conservation activities of the biologists at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) pertaining to threatened Snowy Plovers.


Pumas of the Santa Cruz Mountains
April 2016
Ongoing project to photograph the research activities of the Santa Cruz Puma Project.


Redwood Forest Logging as Conservation Tool
February 2016
Bay Nature assignment to show how certain redwood forest logging practices can be an overall effective conservation tool.


Cat in Thin Air (Andean Mountain Cats in Argentina) – Phase II
March 2016
Carried out the second phase of the Cat in Thin Air project, a photojournalism project showcasing the endangered Andean Mountain Cat with concrete goals to help its conservation.


Jaguars feeding on Sea Turtle kills in Costa Rica
August 2015
Obtained photographs of the unique behavior of Jaguars predating and feeding on nesting Sea Turtles on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.


White-crowned Sparrows in San Francisco
July 2015
Documented the research of David Luther and Kate Gentry, who are studying how White-crowned Sparrow language changes between rural and urban birds. For use in Bay Nature magazine and their blog.


Snow Leopards in Kyrgyzstan
July 2015
Photographed the research of Panthera’s Kyrgyzstan snow leopard collaring project. Additionally, took pictures of threats and the habitat.


Cat in Thin Air (Andean Mountain Cats in Argentina and Bolivia)
April 2015
Started and carried out the first phase of the Cat in Thin Air project, a photojournalism project showcasing the endangered Andean Mountain Cat with concrete goals to help its conservation.


Pumas on their Kills in Santa Cruz, California
February 2015
Set up SLR camera traps on wild kills made by Mountain Lions in the Santa Cruz mountains of the central coast of California to obtain pictures of the pumas feeding on their prey.


Scottish Wildcats in Glen Isla
September 2014
I was responsible for obtaining pictures of Scottish Wildcats and to photograph the research being done by the principal biologist, Kerry Kilshaw, in Glen Isla, Scotland.


Badger Research in Wytham Woods
September 2014
Photographed the medical examinations by WildCRU and University of Oxford researchers of wild caught Badgers.


African Golden Cats in Uganda
June 2014
Assigned to obtain a photograph of the very elusive and extremely rarely seen African Golden Cat in Uganda. I was able to get pictures of an adult and a sub-adult male on two different occasions using customized digital SLR camera traps. Additionally, I photographed the threats the cats face, the research being done, and the conservation actions being taken to protect this wild cat.


Borneo Bay Cat
December 2013
Obtained the first high resolution photograph of the endangered Bay Cat on Borneo by using custom digital SLR camera traps. The picture and corresponding article were then circulated worldwide via LiveScience and Yahoo news, among others.


Felids of Gabon
October 2013
Captured pictures of the wild cats in Gabon using high quality camera traps as well as showing the conservation work being done there, and highlighting the threats the cats face. This has helped the outreach potential for the conservation of these cats for Panthera and the National Park Service in Gabon.


Felids of Borneo
March 2013
Helped the outreach potential of the conservation organizations WildCRU and Panthera by photographing five wild cat species found on Borneo, as well as the conservation work being done there, and highlighting the threats the cats face.


Cougars Story for Nat Geo Magazine 
January 2013
Assisted National Geographic photographer Steve Winter and his assistant Drew Rush set up and adjust SLR camera traps near the Golden Gate Bridge for one day to try and obtain pictures of Mountain Lions with the city in the background. Subsequently checked the camera traps to download pictures, replace batteries, and fix any problems that occurred. (No picture from these cameras made it into the magazine).


Arabian Leopards in Oman
April 2012
Facilitated and coordinated camera trap placement and data collection for the Lord of the Green Mountains film. Additionally, took still photographs of the production and any wildlife encountered.


Cassin’s Auklets on Farallon Islands
October 2012
Documented the nesting seabirds of the Farallon Islands and the biologists conducting climate-change research for use in Bay Nature Magazine and their online blog.


Arabian Leopards in Yemen
November 2011-January 2012
Helped the outreach potential of the Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen by capturing the biodiversity of the Hawf Protected Area, as well as the conservation work being done there, and highlighting the threats the wildlife faces there.


Endangered Species of the Central Coast of California
September 2008-July 2011
Photographed fifteen critically endangered, endangered, and threatened species in central California, their threats, and conservation work being done. Subsequently raised funds, organized, and marketed an educational exhibition, ‘Endangered Neighbors’, at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.


Chimpanzees in Senegal
June 2008
Assisted National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting in capturing photographs of wild chimpanzees using both normal photographic techniques as well as camera traps for the feature story ‘Fongoli Chimps’ in National Geographic Magazine.


Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses on Midway Atoll
July 2007
Assisted National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting in capturing photographs of wild Albatrosses and biologists conducting tracking research for the feature article ‘Wings of the Albatross’ in National Geographic Magazine.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Open Studios, Santa Cruz, Solo Exhibition, Fall 2012
Brown Pelicans, Santa Cruz, Group Exhibition, Summer 2012
Open Studios, Santa Cruz, Solo Exhibition, Fall 2011
Birds of a Feather, Santa Cruz County Bank, Group Exhibition, Summer 2011
Endangered Neighbors, Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, Solo Exhibition, Summer 2011
Brown Pelicans, Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Office, Solo Exhibition, Spring 2011
Los Pajaros, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, Group Exhibition, Summer 2010
Open Studios, Santa Cruz, Solo Exhibition, Fall 2010
Open Studios, Santa Cruz, Solo Exhibition, Fall 2009
Otter Zone, Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, Group Exhibition, Summer 2009
Portfolio, Santa Cruz Planning Department, Santa Cruz, Solo Exhibition, Spring 2009
Seabirds of Midway Atoll, Santa Cruz Water Department, Solo Exhibition, Winter 2008
Campus Wildlife, University of California, Santa Cruz, Solo Exhibition, Fall 2008

AWARDS
Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition 2016, Pampas Cat – Terrestrial Wildlife, Finalist
BBC Wildlife Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2014, Marbled Cat – Rare Species, Runner Up
BBC Wildlife Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2012, Spotted Genet – Animal Portraits, Highly Commended
BBC Wildlife Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2012, Bobcat – Animal Portraits, Highly Commended

PUBLISHED IN
National Geographic Kids, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Science, Defenders of Wildlife, Conservation International, The Economist, Sierra Magazine, Bay Nature, and others.

EDUCATION
BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California – Santa Cruz
Completed June 2007
Senior Field Studies:
– Monitoring Carrying Capacity in Southern Sea Otters along the California Coast. Supervisor: Professor Don Croll
– Behavioral Observation of Pacific Giant Salamanders. Supervisor: Professor Barry Sinervo