Since I started working at the Burke Museum, I’ve wanted to take my camera behind-the-scenes in all of the collections to document some of the day-to-day activities, incredible objects, and research that takes place. We believe that each of the more than 15 million objects in our collections has a story to tell, and we’re experimenting with the best ways to use digital and in-person storytelling experiences to plan for the “New Burke.” I edited together this short video to give a glimpse at some of the objects we collect and why. Enjoy!
We’re rolling out a beautiful new brand at the Burke Museum, but it’s part of bigger plans for the “New Burke,” a flagship natural history museum that inspires wonder and pride about the Northwest and our place in the world. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this team, and I’m proud of the micro-site my boss and I worked on with Tag Creative Studio to demonstrate the new brand: http://lifebeforeyou.org.
One of the best parts of my job at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is working with incredible researchers like Sharlene Santana, the new curator of mammals. She studies the (somewhat surprisingly quick) evolution of tropical bats to understand what spurs their diversification. I recently sat down with Sharlene and heard some incredible stories about her field work with bats. Check out this short video and a Q & A write up with Sharlene on the Burke Blog.
The Burke Museum’s International Conservation Photography Awards exhibit featured some incredible nature photographs. I met with three of the award-winning photographers as they toured the exhibit. Canadian photographer TJ Watt, a regular explorer of the remaining old-growth rainforests on Vancouver Island, B.C., told me about his photograph, “Last Stands.”
I recently had the opportunity to attend the first annual Collaborations for Cause conference where I found myself in a room with some very talented and passionate storytellers — all with an environmental focus. View my Storify for some of my key takeaways.
I recently volunteered to be an Interactive Producer for KCTS 9′s recent initiative surrounding prescription drug abuse in Washington state. The topic intrigued me and I was determined to get more experience with interviewing, shooting video and editing. After many, many hours in what spare time I could find, here is the final product: Tackling Opiate Addiction with Methadone.