Over the last few months, I have been working alongside a team of scientists and media experts. We are excited to announce the launch of SustainableFocus.org, an online community and magazine developed to address the growing need for visual communicators, scientists and stakeholders to collaborate on issues of science and sustainability.
The mission of SustainableFocus.org is to foster the use visual media amongst the scientific community. By sharing resources, facilitating discussion, and fostering collaboration, we empower our members and challenge our peers to engage with broader audiences using visual media. When art is used to communicate science, information critical for sustainable decision-making and positive change can reach and motivate broader audiences.
Once you visit the site, however, you’ll also find that many of the resources available at SF are not just about outreach. We have dedicated sections to research applications of digital photography, potential funding sources, and resources to improve peer communication skills – all of which anyone can learn from and/or contribute to.
Among many other attractions, the site has original articles by a diversity of experts in science, communication and visual media. We have a community blog, forums, image and video galleries, a plethora of web resources, a calendar marking important dates for conferences, photo/film competition and fund sources, and a diverse membership of scientists, conservationists and media experts.
We need your contributions to make SustainableFocus.org a thriving community. If you have a moment, please visit the website, create an account, and start sharing and learning (www.sustainablefocus.org)!
I saw a few videos by this guys about a year ago. He’s been getting a lot more attention of vimeo recently and has mastered the use of time-laps videos using dSLRs and automized dollies. Once I started looking more into his work, I realized he’s also an awesome photographer. Check out his vimeo videos here (my personal favorites are the two posted below) and here is a link to his personal website: http://www.in-perfidia.com/
Hi everyone! My name is Nathan Dappen. I’m a biologist, photographer, and filmmaker based in Miami, FL. I’m currently pursing my PhD in the Department of Biology at the University of Miami, where I study the evolution of the sexes. Specifically, I investigate color evolution in male and female lizards living on some Spanish Mediterranean islands. In addition my career in biology, I’ve also been a professional photographer for the last five years and I’m always taking on new photo work. More recently, filmmaking has caught my eye, and, in collaboration with my friend Neil, I am beginning to make educational films about nature and science.
This blog attempts to promote interest in the synergy between art, media, science and education as I learn about and experience them myself. As such, I may publish posts on interesting happenings in any of these fields and try to discuss how they fit together. Additionally, over the next five months I’ll be spending a lot of time catching and studying lizards in Spain’s Pityuses Archipelago. This blog will give me an opportunity to update those interested in what’s going over here with respect to my research. I promise to do my best to keep things exciting by communicating with videos and photos as much as possible. Finally, I hope that anyone who takes an interest in my postings will send their thoughts/opinions. My hope is that this blog will also provide forum for discourse about art, science, media and education, and about how these fields intersect.
Thanks for reading!