Outreach Ecology

...skills for wondering with...

 

Interpreting the world around us

through words, pixels, and bytes

 

A sense of wonder

shared and appreciated

 

Superlative trees

Icons of the Arboreal World

 

Field Ecology

studying the natural world

 

Technical Treeclimbing

Explorations in the high frontier

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Outreach Ecology is a Tasmanian consultancy working online and in the field. We study and interpret the natural world with science, wordcraft, web design, and treeclimbing.


Treetop Expeditions
Documentation, ecology, education, and photography in the treetops

Wordcraft
We put words together. With over 60 articles, maps, reports, and posters published in several countries, we can to help you develop and share your own story.

Web Projects
Have a story to tell? We craft effective, concise, snappy, elegant,  attractive, and informative websites.

Visuals
Storytelling through cartography, images, graphic design, documentation through photography, immersion through pictures

Citizen Science
Collaborative techniques for documentation and science

Ecology & Interpretation
Studying the natural world: wild forests, megacities, the subterrane, mountaintops

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Where we’ve worked:

Outreach Ecology has practical field experience over eighteen years of projects in a variety of terrains… and we are constantly exploring new environments.

Let’s go exploring!


 

Above the Canyonlands in the Island in the Sky

Above the glaciers of the Cascades

Above the treeline in Ladakh

Along the wild rivers of the Olympic Peninsula

Amidst the ice-carved terrain of the North Cascades

Amongst the beech forests of the Ohio

At the Booming Sand Dunes of the Mojave Desert

At the Crater Lake above Wizard Island

At the giant sequoia forests

Below the icy peaks of Shuksan

Beneath the largest trees of Japan

Between the blade pinnacles of Kunming Stone Forest

Between the branches of trees a thousand years old

Climbing into the deodar cedars at Sipur Sacred Grove

Climbing into the giant spruce trees of the American Pacific Coast

Crossing the living ficus root bridges of Meghalaya

Deep within the Queets Valley of the Olympics

Hanging on ropes in the trees of Atlanta

In the Big Apple

In the deciduous forests of the Great Lakes

In the evergreen forests of the North American Pacific

In the giant Eucalyptus forests of Tasmania

In the glowworm caves of Tasmania

In the green forest of the Uttarakhand Himalaya

In the groves of superlative conifers near Seattle

In the High Himalaya of Ladakh

In the Himachal Himalaya of India

In the hypercity of Hong Kong

In the Japanese Alps

In the old Portuguese colonies of Western India

In the remnant Carolinian tupelo swamps of the Congaree

In the Rocky Mountains alpine terrain

In the tree temples of India

In the treetops of ancient Belgian oak trees

In the treetops of the Indian deodar cedar forest

In the Trinity Alps of California

In the Valley of the Giant Tingle Trees

On New Caledonia, a South Pacific botanical wonderland

On the Airwalk canopy walkway

On the crest of the Himalaya

On the heights of Olympic National Park

On the high stratovolcanoes

On the jagged peaks of alpine California

On the New Caledonian coastline

On the road in Ladakh - the highest in the world

On the ropes in the urban jungle

On Yakushima with the ancient cryptomeria trees

With the Atlanta treeclimber teachers

With the atomic-bombed witness trees of Hiroshima

With the broadest trees of the world - the giant banyans

Within the Ellsworth Forest Preserve


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portfolio Items
19
years coding webpages

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We’ve worked with:

Outreach Ecology has teamed up internationally with numerous organisations, publications, and departments over the years on projects and publications.


 

Asialink

Asian Literacy Ambassador

Asian Geographic

Field Editor

Australian National University

Treeclimber for plant physiology study

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship

Institute of International Education

Center for Conservation Biology

Field Crew Leader

Curtin Institute for Biodiversity and Climate

Research Associate

Forest Survey of India

Forest Site Survey Lead

Green Legacy Hiroshima

Documentation of Hibaku Jomoku

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Project – Plant Hunter

Indian National Trust for Arts & Cultural Heritage

Monograph in Journal of Heritage Studies

Cape Marine

Rope Access Technician

International Canopy Network

Field Internship

Jetwings International

Writer

NHK-Japanese Public Television - Great Nature Documentary

On-camera Forest Interpretation

Outlook Traveller

Writer

Idaho Dept of Fish and Game

Wildlife Biologist

Southern Tasmanian Caverneers

Webmaster

Tasmanian Geographic

Founder and Editor

The Nature Conservancy

Research Project Lead

Time Out Explorer

Writer

Australian Geographic Society

Grant Recipient

U of Tasmania School of Geography and Environmental Studies

MSc

U of Washington College of Forest Resources

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Vertical Services

Rope Access Technician

Warra Long Term Ecological Research Site

Field Ecologist

Wild Magazine

Writer

World Expeditions

Trail Guide

World Wildlife Fund -India

Landmark Trees Poster Project

Institut Francais – Pondicherry

Rainforest Canopy Treemapping

Agumbe Rainforest Research Station

Long Term Research Plot Establishment

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15
years climbing trees
60
published pieces
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What we do:

(And why we do it)

Treetop Expeditions


OE was sparked by the wonder of climbing into the treetops, and draws upon our time specialising in canopy studies. We’ve been coming to terms with our obsession with technical treeclimbing for almost fifteen years, and have been fortunate to work, explore, and play in some of the world’s most significant forests and trees.

We’ve measured the branching structure of Australia’s towering eucalypts of Australia (the world’s tallest flowering plants), surveyed the animal life in the giant evergreen conifers of the American West Coast, and studied the magnificent cedar trees of the Himalaya. We’ve helped out Japanese film crews, attended climbing events with the Tree Climbers International group, presented at canopy research conferences, observed a treeclimbing class in Borneo, conducted leaf samples in at long term research sites, interned at the International Canopy Network, joined the Tree Climbers International in Atlanta, and created 3-d maps of tropical rainforest trees. We’ve set up cameras at raven nets, surveyed endangered bird nests, measured the soil collected on branches high in the sky, and taught several people how to climb safely on ropes.

If you’d like to discuss your own ideas or goals about accessing this high frontier, we look forward to hearing from you.

Let’s go treeclimbing.

Ecology & Interpretation


OE has field experience in wildlife ecology, landscape dynamics, lab procedures, natural history, and biodiversity surveys. We’ve published dozens of articles interpreting the natural world for the widest possible audience. We can draw upon undergraduate education from the highly ranked College of Forest Resources University of Washington (Seattle), postgraduate research experience from the University of Tasmania, a research fellowship as a Fulbright Fellow (US Department of State, training in Wilderness First Responder medicine, and fifteen years of mountaineering, hiking, and caving. We’ve led field crews in complicated and demanding terrain, and worked with government,  consultancies, NGOs, and universities.

We can help design studies, interpretation, and education, and look forward to working with you to learn from and be inspired by the natural world.

Let’s go exploring!

Wordcraft


What are sharper than knives, more powerful than meteors, yet as subtle as moonlight? Words and sentences are the building blocks of any collaborative endeavour. We tell stories.  Outreach Ecology has published dozens of reports, articles, and narratives , spanning a range of styles. We started out with travel journalism and technical peer reviewed science articles, and branched out into magazine work and web copywriting. We are always looking for a new challenge.

YDB is currently Field Editor for Asian Geographic and Chief Editor for Tasmanian Geographic. We’re especially keen on building a sense of place and sparking a sense of wonder. We  can write engaging, descriptive prose, and we can develop your own thoughts and ideas into exciting tales.

Let’s write a story.

Citizen Science


Together, we can observe the world around us with a precision unmatched by any single participant. There’s a trend in conservation and education towards collaborative projects in which paricipants contribute to science and monitoring projects using communication technologies. Long performed by community groups such as birders and cavers,  citizen science has grown immeasurably with the rise of smartphones and the internet.

We’d like to harness these new enthusiasms for interaction and knowledge. We’ve helped set up scannable codes and photo portals at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, promoted smartphone GPS tracing of the giant banyans of India (the broadest trees in the world), and set up baseline photomonitoring efforts in South India, the Himalayan cedars, and Australian heritage convict prisons.

We believe that all projects should be set up to grow into the future- and encouraging public participation and social media is a key part of this process. We can enhance your project by sharing it with the widest possible audience.

Let’s all work as a team.

Visuals


OE has produced photographs and maps for publications and projects in several countries. We have unlimited enthusiasm for photodocumentary and creative design, and have produced visual outputs that draw upon our technical training as a scientist. We remember the film days, and try to balance that valuation of a single shot with the new opportunities that digital photography offers.

We’re especially keen on illustrated mapmaking and novel uses for cameras, including conservation photomonitoring, photo spheres, and timelapses.

We’ve held film cameras for footage on Japanese Public TV’s flagship nature program; had photos printed in the Melbourne Age, Times of India, Australian Geographic, and Asian Geographic; collected images of tiny critters using a microscope;  taught one-on-one photo technique tutorials; and managed thousands of photos in an image database.

If you’ve got a story to tell with images, an event you’d like to capture, or a map you’d like to produce, get in touch.

Let’s visualise it.

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Take a look

(and do enjoy)


Let’s get started.

Get in touch:

Contact@OutreachEcology.com