Gemina Garland-Lewis is a photographer, EcoHealth researcher, and National Geographic Explorer with experience in 29 countries across six continents. She is a past recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, during which she spent a year of travel focusing on different cultural attitudes towards whales and whaling in the Azores, South Africa, New Zealand, Tonga, Japan, Norway, and Argentina. She has worked as a trip leader and photographer teacher for National Geographic Student Expeditions since 2010, leading in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Tanzania, and Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. She received a National Geographic Young Explorer's Grant in 2012 to document the images and stories of former Azorean whalers. Her photography, writing, and stories have been featured by National Geographic News, National Geographic Education, and National Geographic Explorer’s Journal, among others. Gemina completed her Masters degree in Conservation Medicine at Tufts University in 2013, with a focus on the agriculture/disease interface in sub-Saharan Africa. Since finishing her MS, Gemina has worked at the Center for One Health Research at the University of Washington, where she focuses on health and disease issues at the human-animal-environment interface. She is passionate about integrating the worlds of visual storytelling and research to develop new ways of communicating social and environmental issues to broader audiences and building unique platforms for education and outreach. She is an avid outdoor adventurer and environmental stewardship advocate, an Explorer for The Outbound Collective, an ambassador for UCO Gear, and a contributor to the REI Co-op Journal. You will likely find her out on the trail, chasing the light with camera in tow, and a silly grin on her face.