I am a communications and media professional specializing in digital storytelling, unique creative content development, and outreach for scientific, environmental, and conservation organizations. I have been working in environmental and science communications since 2001 when I started working with the Jane Goodall Institute.
I have been an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast my entire life, starting with summers during my youth, filled with camping and backpacking trips. After attending graduate school in art, I chose to apply my creative skills in computer design to a cause that I felt would make a difference--the natural world.
Working with the Jane Goodall Institute sparked my interest in the web as a format for online storytelling and documentary creation, a work and art form that I have pursued ever since.
In 2006, when Google introduced Google Maps and Google Earth, I was fascinated and inspired by the virtually limitless possibilities offered by these tools. While working in DC and living on a boat, I developed a rudimentary "geo-blogging" platform using Google maps, and Google Earth to track weekend boating trips on the Potomac River. Soon after, with a little work and coordination, I launched the Gombe Chimpanzee blog using the same toolset. The blog allowed researchers in Gombe, Tanzania to document their work with Jane's famous chimps, bringing the institute’s donors into the forest in a whole new way, and attracting the attention of Google Earth, and Google’s new Earth outreach program.
Since my early projects with Google Maps, I've been lucky to work with many interesting people and fascinating projects. For example, I worked with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Wildlife Conservation Society conservationist Michael Fay on a yearlong geoblogging trek through 1,800-miles (2,900-kilometers) of California’s redwood forests. Fay collected data and documented the state of the forest, helping to call attention to this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. I also worked with James Balog's Extreme Ice survey building a site mapping 30 cameras around the world documenting in time-lapse the alarming rate that the worlds glaciers and ice sheets are disappearing.
To this day, I have continued to work on the storytelling/field journaling software concept, building an open-source, mobile-assisted geographic web publishing toolset, FieldBlogger. FieldBlogger is designed from the ground up for telling environmental stories, collecting data and assisting research. To further develop this, I applied for and was awarded $200,000 in grants for software development from the University of Wyoming and the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR program over the last 3 years. Fieldblogger should be available to the public in late 2018.
Over the years, I have continued to explore new possibilities, techniques, and technologies to add to my creative toolkit. I learned to fly drones and explore aerial photography and videography, including designing and deploying remote, live-streaming wildlife cameras in the outback of Wyoming. I am now pursuing a private pilot’s license to expand my physical horizons further.
I feel incredibly lucky to have had all the exciting opportunities presented to me by my work, and I look forward to my next adventure.
Bryce is a careful and creative thinker with an eye for detail and a commendable devotion to innovation. He took initiative spearheading original projects to help build the organization’s communications and technology abilities, often on his own time, a skill that on repeated occasions resulted in building new relationships for the Institute with important entities, for instance, Google. Of particular note was Bryce’s work with Google Maps and Google Earth. He built a storytelling application created around the amazing technology presented by GIS and integrated it into the Institute’s website – this innovative work resulted in a great deal of media coverage, opened up a relationship with Google and presented us with an unprecedented way to bring our site visitors and potential donors to the places in the world where we work. Bryce's application gave us a canvas on which we could vividly illustrate disappearing habitats and the effects of poverty, including deforestation and unsustainable farming – all with the click of a mouse. It was really quite remarkable. His work in this area and the relationships he helped create have continued and have made sound impact on our conservation work in Africa and recently in the Amazon forest
- Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE
The Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace