Episode 54: How Can Photography Inspire Conservation?

Meet the Experts: Dr. Brian Helmuth, Aquanaut and  Marine Scientist AND Keith Ellenbogen, famed underwater photographer

Dr. Brian Helmuth, aquanaut


Brian Helmuth, PhD., is an aquanaut and marine environmental scientist at Northeastern University who loves to spend his time diving and exploring the ocean as he studies the effects of climate change on bodies of water on our planet.
Helmuth lab at Nahant Marine Science Center






Keith Ellenbogen, photographer

Keith Ellenbogen portrait with underwater camera, strobes and housing ©Keith Ellenbogen



Keith Ellenbogen is an acclaimed underwater photographer with a focus on environmental conservation. Through Keith’s photography, he seeks to evoke a sense of discovery and create intimate, personal connections to inspire positive social change and a global understanding of the world around us.

Keith is currently an assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY/The Fashion Institute of Technology, a  Visiting Scholar/Artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Sea Grant, an Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award, a Senior Fellow, International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), an Affiliate Partner, Mission Blue / Sylvia Earle Alliance, and a Fellow of The Explorers Club.

Listen to Keith’s very cool  TED Talk about “New York’s Surprising Underwater Wildlife” 



Want to learn more about how organizations like The Nature Conservancy are helping to save rivers?

Watch this video


You can watch Brian and Keith talking a big longer about their conservation project here — AND see some images!!







Pick an animal, it can be small or big, and imagine yourself as that animal. How would you see the world? Draw a picture or write a few words to describe to someone else what that animal’s view of the world might look like.

Send us a picture or leave a comment below.

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Highlighted book  for this episode!

Astronaut- Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact by Jennifer Swanson (NGKids)– with expert Dr. Brian Helmuth contributing!

Journey from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the farthest humans have ventured into space and learn what it takes to explore the extremes. You might just be surprised by how similar the domains of ASTRONAUTS and AQUANAUTS really are. Dr. Helmuth and Fabien Cousteau are featured experts in this book.





Book List:

Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia by Doring Kindersly Books

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang (Albert Whitman Books)

Dive In: Swim With Sea Creatures at Their Actual Size by Roxie Munro (Holiday House)

The Great White Shark Scientist  by Sy Montgomery  (HMH Kids)   Keith is the photographer in this book!

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist
by Jess Keating and Marta Álvarez Miguéns (Sourcebooks)

If Sharks Disappeared (If Animals Disappeared) by Lily Williams (Roaring Brook Press)

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