Below the Surface 

Breathing easily underwater and supported by the comforting pressure of the sea, I feel free, again, to join the floating parade of beautiful, improbable lives around me. — Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus

Perhaps the most special part of my job involves capturing the bizarre, beautiful world below the surface of the ocean. Since obtaining my PADI certification in 2015, I have experienced the great pleasure of diving in various locations around the world, often as part of underwater science teams. From North Carolina to the Galápagos Islands to southern Belize, the enigmatic animals and ecosystems of the deep never fail to delight and surprise me.

Capturing the grace of a loggerhead sea turtle in Darwin Bay, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Capturing the grace of a loggerhead sea turtle in Darwin Bay, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Photographing a massive school of fish at León Dormido, Galápagos Islands | October 2015

Photographing a massive school of fish at León Dormido, Galápagos Islands | October 2015

Flirting with a sea lion pup near San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Flirting with a sea lion pup near San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Swimming with a myriad of fish at Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Belize | December 2017

Swimming with a myriad of fish at Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Belize | December 2017

Preparing coral fragments for transplantation, Florida Keys | February 2019

Preparing coral fragments for transplantation, Florida Keys | February 2019

Documenting a puffer fish playing defense right after a sea lion tried to attack it, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Documenting a puffer fish playing defense right after a sea lion tried to attack it, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Zooming in on  Pseudodiploria strigosa  (commonly known as symmetrical brain) coral near Placencia, Belize | December 2017

Zooming in on Pseudodiploria strigosa (commonly known as symmetrical brain) coral near Placencia, Belize | December 2017

Getting lost in the abundance of fish near Key Largo, Florida | February 2019

Getting lost in the abundance of fish near Key Largo, Florida | February 2019

Hanging out with a marine iguana ten feet below the surface, Galápagos Islands | July 2017

Hanging out with a marine iguana ten feet below the surface, Galápagos Islands | July 2017


To learn more about my work in the underwater world, check out the following blog posts: Bringing it Back: Coral Reef Restoration in Belize Part I, II, and III, and Stay Sexy and Do Good Science.