Every year I help organize a trip for students to visit the Dry Tortugas National Park, a small island chain west of the Florida Keys. We spend a week camped on the beach, banding and releasing sooty terns as part of an ongoing effort since 1937. These data allow me to help answer questions about population dynamics, survival rates, impacts of hurricanes, and more. As the sun rose, I was able to capture the chaos of a seabird breeding colony, while one of the students waits to catch a tern with his net.
Ryan is currently a graduate student pursuing his PhD at Duke University in the field of ecology with a concentration in conservation. He has visited every continent other than Antarctica, and has participated in conservation projects across four different continents. Although experienced with still photography, he is most passionate about using documentaries to communicate science to a wider audience. View all posts by Ryan Huang