I am an ecologist, photographer, and writer, and these three facets of my
career inform and influence each other. My academic and field research are
centered around understanding ecosystem dynamics across multiple trophic levels
- including humans that are part of ecosystems - and devising conservation and
management strategies that will allow natural systems to persist and function
indefinitely. In recent years, I have done conservation research in
the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan, studying Marco Polo argali for the Wildlife
Conservation Society and USAID; work in Tajikistan, surveying snow leopard
habitat for Panthera; and investigated the links between wolves and elk and
aspen in and near Yellowstone National Park (Ecology 93:12 2012, pp
2600-2614; Ecology 95:9 2014, pp 2671-2674; Food Webs, 2017). I
am currently an associate teaching professor at Montana State University in
Bozeman, teaching biology and ecology courses.
When I'm not on campus, I prefer to be out riding my bike, or even better, hiking
somewhere and taking pictures while my wife Janet paints watercolors nearby and
plays with our dog Jiggs. In recent years, my emphasis has moved away from
capturing stand-alone photos of animals, plants and scenes, and is moving
towards documenting the ecology of animals and places (although I'll probably
never pass up a nice stand-alone shot). My goal is to create photography that
is more informative, and more intimate, in that it digs into the natural
history of an animal or place. My hope is that when people look at my
images, they will understand, connect with, and care more about wildlife and wild places.
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I made all the images on this website using digital cameras. I process each image to be as close as possible to what I experienced when I tripped the shutter. I do not add or remove any features that were present in the original scene, but will remove spots from dust on the sensor. My simple rule for image editing is this: I process according to the guidelines published by the top nature publications. If an editing technique would remove an image from consideration for publication, or disqualify it from a contest, I don't use it.
Wild Means Wild
All the animals on this site are wild. None were captive or restricted in their movements in any way. Back in the mid-90s, I made some images at two game farms, and while the animals appeared well cared-for - more like personal pets than captive zoo animals - they weren't wild, and the experiences left me feeling like I was deceiving viewers of my images. Despite some major publications continuing to accept photos of captive "wildlife" (an oxymoron if there ever was one), I do not, and will not make images of captive animals.
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