About

Gemina Garland-Lewis is a biologist, photographer, and vagabond. Originally from southwestern Wisconsin, she grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and received her degree in Biology from Colgate University in 2008. Following graduation, she completed a year of independent study and exploration through the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, living in seven countries throughout the year to study different cultural attitudes towards whales and whaling. In 2012 she was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant to continue with this work and record the stories and images of ex-whalers in the Azores. She has experience in 27 countries across six continents, and has worked as a trip leader and photography teacher for high school students with National Geographic Student Expeditions the past four summers, leading in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Italy, and Tanzania. She recently completed an MS in Conservation Medicine at Tufts University in Boston, MA, focusing on the agriculture/vector-borne disease interface in sub-Saharan Africa and the role of experiential education in community-level disease control. She currently resides in Seattle, WA where she works as a Research Associate at the Human Animal Medicine Project in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, focusing on several domestic and international “One Health” projects that examine health at the human-animal-environmental interface. She is passionate about finding new ways to merge the worlds of photojournalism and One Health research, particularly as means of education and evaluation, including participatory photography techniques.

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