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Morgan Heim has been sneezed on by a whale, stampeded by bison and almost mistaken for salmon by hungry grizzly bears, all of which she took as great compliments, considering they let her live to spy on wildlife for another day. With a background in zoology (BS) and environmental journalism (MA), Morgan employs photo and filmmaking techniques ranging from aerials to camera traps and good old-fashioned photojournalism in order to share human stories of the natural world. She is an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, (iLCP), on the board of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and alum of the prestigious Missouri Photo Workshop. Her work has appeared in the Banff Mountain Film Festival, as an official select in the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and in such outlets as Smithsonian, National Parks, National Geographic NewsWatch, GEOLino Extra, NPR.org, The Nature Conservancy and High Country News. Morgan currently resides in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband Philipp and their tree-climbing dog, Javier. You can see more of her photography and films on her personal website, morganheim.com.
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Neil Losin is a biologist, photographer, and filmmaker based in Miami, Florida. Neil earned his Ph.D. in UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2012, studying the evolution of territorial behavior in invasive lizards in Florida and the Caribbean. In 2010, Neil co-founded Day’s Edge Productions with fellow biologist Dr. Nate Dappen. Since then, Neil and Nate have produced films for clients like National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, TRAFFIC, University of Miami, National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and others. Their award-winning short film Snows of the Nile chronicles their 2013 expedition to re-capture historical photos of tropical glaciers in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains, creating a visual record of a century of climate change. Their first 1-hour film – Islands of Creation, to be broadcast in 2015 – is a documentary about how new species originate, filmed on location in the Solomon Islands. Nate and Neil also teach film production skills to fellow scientists through immersive workshops at universities and research centers.
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Nate Dappen is a biologist and an award-winning photographer and filmmaker. His images, films, books and other projects have been featured by organizations like National Geographic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, The World Wildlife Fund and many others. Nate was a Collegiate Scholar of the North American Nature Photography Association, is a Fellow National Member of the Explorers Club and is an Affiliate Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005 where he studied photography and biology. In 2012, he got his PhD in evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology from the University of Miami, FL. Along with Dr. Neil Losin, Nate founded Day’s Edge Productions where they focus on creating media about science, nature, conservation and adventure themed stories. Nate currently lives in Highland Park, New Jersey but spends many months of the year creating films and other media projects around the world. To find out more about Nate, visit his personal website.
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Jane Zelikova hails from Ukraine, where she grew up to be the youngest communist leader of her school before she and her family moved to Brooklyn NY to strive for the American dream. Jane was always curious and fearless, a great combination for a budding scientist. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in ecology and after a couple of years of climbing and skiing while living out of her tent, she headed to the University of Colorado for a Ph.D, in ecology and evolutionary biology. Jane has worked in ecosystems as varied as tropical forests and snow-covered mountains, all driven to understand how changes in climate affect ecological processes. After years of doing research, Jane headed to Washington DC to learn how to use science in policy. At the same time, Jane founded a small production company Hey Girl Productions with two other female scientists, with the goal of bringing science and the amazing scientists behind it out of the shadows of obscurity into the mainstream. To find out more about Jane and her research, visit her personal website.
Kori Price has spent the last six years becoming a jack-of-all-trades in marketing, graphic and web design, as well as event and film production. Graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in 2009, she has since served as Festival Director of the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit as well as the Science Media Awards & Symposium, a producer of seven TEDxJacksonHole events, and has also helped produce a variety of other community films and projects, including One Day in Jackson Hole. Kori was born and raised in Idaho, but her passion for culture and adventure has taken her across four continents as an au pair, a writer, an English teacher and trekker. Kori currently inhabits Jackson, Wyoming, and spends her free time camping, hiking and frolicking in the mountains.
For Aly, the line between work and play is a blurry one, and she prefers it that way. Trail running, climbing, sleeping under the stars or in her trusty Tacoma Ginger, hot coffee on a cold morning, hugs from friends in far off places. . . those are some of the things that keep Aly moving. Aly's Alaskan upbringing imbued her with serious thirst for adventure and a deep love for wild places. She’s a writer, photographer and filmmaker whose documentary films include Coming Home (2013) and Knee Deep (2014). Aly runs NOVA Productions, based out of Boulder, CO, with Alisa Geiser. Her writing and photography have appeared in numerous publications, among them Huckberry, Active Junky, The Huffington Post, Denver Post, LIVESTRONG, Climbing, Urban Climber, and Deadpoint. To find out more about Aly, visit her personal site: www.alynicklas.com