A Los Angeles-based independent filmmaker and photographer, Andy has worked on media projects throughout the world. He received his degree in film with a minor in cultural anthropology from the University of Central Florida, and spent a year at Hunter College in New York City studying photography. He has worked with brands like Sony and Facebook,… Read More


Alex was an Animal Science major and a Natural Resources minor at Cornell, with a special emphasis on wildlife and habitat preservation. After graduating, she spent a year working with Environment America, an environmental advocacy organization. Currently, Alex is pursuing a M.S. degree in Ecology and Evolution, as well as a M.Ed. in Science Education… Read More

Avi worked as a lawyer before turning his hand to travel and writing. Since then, his short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies; he has contributed writing to Lonely Planet’s literary anthology and BBC Travel; and while completing his master’s degree, he completed a draft of his first novel. Also a passionate educator, Avi… Read More


A conservation biologist, photographer, and educator, Brett has worked and traveled extensively through Asia, Oceania, the Americas and the Middle East. In 2014, Brett received a Rapid Ocean Conservation grant from the Waitt Foundation to spend several months in Fiji producing the multimedia project, “Kia Over There,” highlighting traditional Fijian fishermen and the environmental challenges… Read More

Claire focused her university studies on the intersection of cross-cultural education and visual storytelling. She is now a freelance filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist based in New Orleans. Her city-wide social media portrait project NOLAbeings has been featured in national media such as TIME and WIRED, and resulted in her being voted one of New… Read More


Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Federico has filmed and photographed cultural, scientific and conservation stories in the U.S., Latin America, and Mozambique. He won an Emmy award for his cinematography in National Geographic’s Untamed Americas, and also won Smithsonian’s In Motion contest for his documentary about discovering new species in the Amazon. Federico is… Read More


While working toward her MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Jill spent nine months documenting Himalayan life in Nepal, Northern India, Kashmir, Bhutan, and Tibet for her master’s thesis. Jill later attended the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop and was a freelance photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is now a… Read More


Justine’s passion for travel and conservation developed at an early age while growing up in New Delhi, India and Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, Justine’s work is focused on the conservation of snow leopards in China, which earned her a National Geographic Young Explorers grant. Justine also studied wildlife hunting and consumption in rural West Africa, has… Read More

During her undergraduate studies, Nathalie (pictured above) discovered that she could combine her love of the outdoors with a research focus in montane and alpine ecology. While studying abroad, she gained a unique perspective on biogeography—a topic still at the heart of her research interests. Nathalie now spends her time in the Rocky Mountains and European… Read More

Born and raised in Germany, Nicole is a biologist, nature guide, and conservationist based in Ecuador. For her master’s thesis, she researched the ecology of hummingbird pollination in the neotropical rainforests of Mindo, Ecuador, where she also lived and worked as a bird guide.  Nicole has participated in bird-monitoring programs in Brazil, Peru and England, and… Read More


Patrick developed a passion for field research and travel as a biology and environmental studies major, and was awarded a university fellowship in field biology. He has worked as a marine science instructor in the Florida Keys, a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vermont, a naturalist guide in Yellowstone, and a… Read More

After finishing his undergraduate studies, Ricky moved to Shanghai for two years, where he documented the city’s nascent jazz scene, as well as China’s burgeoning cities and their effect on migrants, expatriates, locals, and minorities.  While there, Ricky backpacked little-traveled portions of the Silk Road between Pakistan and China, staying with Kyrgyz nomads along the way.… Read More

While at Wittenberg University, Steve studied abroad for a year in Buenos Aires, where he honed his Spanish language skills, studied economic history, and traveled in Patagonia. He then moved to Yosemite Valley where he learned to rock climb and ski as he explored and photographed the technical peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Steve now runs his… Read More