Bio

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I am a director, multimedia producer, and illustrator living and working in Chicago.

Through my longtime relationship with The Field Museum in Chicago, I've sought to share stories of scientific curiosity, study, and conservation with the public. I collaborate with interdisciplinary teams telling science stories in exhibitions spaces and also engage in narrative documentary work. Taking on assignments both locally and internationally, I have joined scientific expeditions in four continents. 

I've always got an eye out for great collaborations, so please reach out and say hello if you're interested in partnering on a project.

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My own story begins with what I consider to be my first expedition.  I was just a little guy.  It was organized and led by my parents, both lovers of art, science, history, and the outdoors.  We bungied our gear to the roof of our 1972 Dodge conversion van and set out from Southern California on the 400 mile trek north to our destination in the Sierra Nevada.  This was my first taste of wilderness--being awed and humbled by trees so tall I couldn’t see their tops, exploring the creek running by our tent and navigating further along its uncharted path with each successive year.

The smell of the pine forests was something I always wanted to bottle up so I could access it throughout the year when I needed to escape back to the wilderness.  It’s this idea of tapping back into that energy I felt when I was a kid--when the world was enormous, wild, and beckoning to be explored--that continues to drive me today.

One of the most fortuitous bends in my story’s path brought me to The Field Museum in Chicago, a place I discovered to be filled with people pursuing the same passions that fueled them when they were eight years old--scientists and artists pushing themselves to explore unfamiliar territory, following their curiosity, and devoting themselves to sharing stories with the public.  It would be my home for over thirteen years, allowing me to hone my craft as a science communicator while weaving myself into the fabric of its community of scientists, artists, and storytellers.

I’m driven to share stories that inspire me, with most of my fodder coming from natural history and those studying and protecting Earth's wild places.  It’s my hope that if I do my job well, I might pass on that feeling of excitement and curiosity to others.  Whether it’s immersive media installations, narrative video work, or illustration, I do my best to push myself as an artist and storyteller.  In my decade-plus as a media producer for The Field Museum, I learned how much collaboration can amplify a story’s power.  Now in a new phase of my career, my collaborations with The Field continue while I also partner with others engaged in a variety of storytelling efforts.