I'm a wildlife cinematographer, a traveler drawn especially to wild, quiet, open spaces, a scientist at heart and a person concerned about my impact on the planet. I try to look for the good in everything and everyone, and to find reason to hope when a situation may seem hopeless.
The Longer Version
I was born near the Florida Everglades where, growing up, my parents instilled in me a love of nature and a curiosity about the outdoor world and nearby ocean that I continue to explore. My family & I still love getting together to share time being somewhere in the outdoors. As a kid, I was always out & about, collecting bugs & birds, and taking classes such as astronomy & marine biology at the local science museum. I hold a Bachelor's degree in natural sciences from Auburn University and a Master's degree in museum science and vertebrate paleontology from Texas Tech University where I helped operate the planetarium, participated in many dinosaur digs, and curated museum collections. I'm a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Society of Women Geographers (SWG).
During summer breaks at Tech, I began work in the outdoors, combining my love of geology, biology, & photography. In 1986 I began a career as a naturalist, working in Petrified Forest, Glacier, and Denali National Parks as a National Park Service ranger and naturalist guide interpreting the geology, biology, history, and wildlife of the areas for park visitors. I then spent many years traveling on expedition ships as a naturalist in places such as the Sea of Cortez, the Caribbean, the Chilean Fjords, the Amazon, Alaska's Inside Passage, and Antarctica. I've also worked on private yacht charters in Alaska as a naturalist/mate/ photographer-guide.
Before turning to filmmaking, I enjoyed a successful career as a wildlife and nature photographer and writer. My images and articles appeared in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, National Wildlife, Sierra Club, Audubon, GEO Germany, Outdoor Life, Montana, Nature's Best, Florida Wildlife, Alaska, WildBird, Ranger Rick, and many other magazines, books, calendars, and advertisements worldwide.
Since 2005, I've partnered with marine wildlife cinematographer Tom Campbell, producing award-winning documentaries for various clients. We film with the RED DRAGON 6K digital cinema camera systems to gather the highest quality material for our productions and stock library.
To learn more about the world I live in, I love to travel to wild places to film the lives of animals and the habitats in which they live. I enjoy working with scientists who are dedicated to gathering the information upon which conservation guidelines are established to help preserve our amazing world.
From polar bears to penguins, I've been fortunate to have had adventures between the poles including 5 weeks spent as a guide with polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, camping among musk ox in Greenland & the Canadian Arctic, hiking among the wild creatures of the North American Rockies & Alaska, and perambulating with penguins on 14 voyages to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands.
Scuba adventures with giant manta rays in Mozambique, Mexico, and Komodo, swimming with humpback whales in Tonga, and exploring underwater ecosystems & wildlife elsewhere allow me to witness the extraordinary creatures beneath the waves with whom we share this planet.
The WildEarth beckons in an EPIC way urging me to Explore * Protect * Inspire *Connect!