|I have been drawn to natural history since I was a boy, exploring the streams and wooded lots near my home in Atlanta. In high school, I picked up my dad’s old camera on a whim and found that I could use it to tell stories about my adventures. During my first two years as a biology student at UC Berkeley, I spent most of my time and energy pursuing opportunities in research. Photography was little more than a hobby until a graduate student in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology on campus put me in contact with National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager. From my experience working as David's assistant, I realized that photography was the ideal tool to feed my curiosity about the natural world and share my discoveries with others.|
After graduating with a degree in Integrative Biology, I have split my time between working on National Geographic projects and helping biologists communicate their research through photographs. I have worked on projects that study primate behavioral ecology, hummingbird biomechanics, amphibian disease ecology, and mangrove forests. Since 2006 I have assisted National Geographic photographers David Liittschwager, Christian Ziegler, Tim Laman, and Joel Sartore on 13 articles for the magazine.
Right: Looking for newly discovered species in the caves of Sequoia National Park. Photo by Jean Krejca.