Understanding Impact Through Media With NSF Support

“Impact” is an important word to those of us in the media industry. It can mean the total number of viewers for a film, or the number of countries a film has screened in. It can mean the amount of money raised for a wildlife conservation NGO, or the depth of emotional engagement a story…

Headhunt Revisited: An Introduction

I am delighted to join Headhunt Revisted: With Brush, Canvas, and Camera as the film’s Impact Producer. The story is produced and directed by photographer and explorer Michele Westmorland. Headhunt Revisited is a documentary film about Art as a catalyst for exploration and authenticity. In the 1920’s Caroline Mytinger graced the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal – a…

Community-Based Conservation

I am deeply pleased to have the opportunity to join my conservation colleagues here in the USA and in India as a founding board member of Save The Snakes, a community-based NGO working to mitigate human-snake conflict through education, capacity building, and citizen science. While STS is interested in threatened snake populations around the world,…

A Transdisciplinary Approach to Conservation in D.C.

Defenders of Wildlife was just one host to the final training for Class 6 of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders in Washington D.C. Twenty-four fellows from five countries came together to give final presentations on the wildlife conservation projects that have dominated our past 18 months. Additionally we had the opportunity to engage in professional development…

Conservation Media at Western Wildway Conference

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Western Wildway Conference, hosted at the Petzl headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Western Wildway is a regional initiative of the the Wildlands Network, a NGO advocating for reintroduction of keystone species and protected connectivity of critical wildlife corridors stretching across the USA into Canada…

SMASH Fellows – Creating Cross-Industry Cohorts

Jackson Hole WILD continues to innovate as the world’s only research-based industry conference for science and natural history filmmakers. The biennial event, hosted in the shadow of the Grand Tetons, is widely recognized as the “Oscars of the nature film world”, drawing over 600 delegates and an online audience of 10,000+. This September, Jackson Hole…

EWCL Fellowship

It was a privilege to spend part of April 2016 with the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, hosted at White Oak Conservation along the Florida-Georgia border.  Every two years, EWCL brings together 20-24 international fellows from various conservation and wildlife industries for an intensive 18 month fellowship program.  Training in conservation strategy, career development, wildlife…