About - geminagarlandlewis

Gemina Garland-Lewis is a Seattle-based photographer, EcoHealth researcher, and National Geographic Explorer with experience in over 30 countries across six continents. Both her photography and research explore the myriad connections between humans, animals, and their shared environments. 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. Her long-term projects focus on former whaling communities in the Azores, the human-animal bond in homelessness, and the interface of wildlife conservation and public health. 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. This led to her 2012 work as a National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee to document the images and stories of former Azorean whalers. She  worked as a photo instructor and trip leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions from 2010-2017 and as a photo instructor and naturalist for Lindblad-National Geographic Expeditions since 2019. Her photography, writing, and stories have been featured by National Geographic News, National Geographic Adventure, and REI, 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 remains part-time, focusing on health and disease issues at the human-animal-environment interface and ways to integrate visual storytelling. She is an avid outdoor adventurer and environmental stewardship advocate. You will likely find her somewhere in the mountains or on the ocean, chasing the light with camera in tow and a silly grin on her face.