National Geographic Radio Interview


My most recent radio interview for National Geographic’s radio show “National Geographic Weekend” aired on March 31st. Listen along to some of my stories from the Azores and read the summary of my interview and the other NG radio interviewees from this past weekend!

My Instagram feed has also been picked up by National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary website – scroll down to the bottom of the homepage to see my images and other Explorers’ as well! I’ll be featured on the site for the next few weeks and will be posting new images from my work in the Azores last summer.


One of the sailing crew walks among the whaleboats before the start of the regatta during Semana do Mar in Horta, Faial. Photo by Gemina Garland-Lewis.


Project Update

Hello all!

I’ve just returned to Boston after spending the week in Washington DC to present my project on Azorean whalers at National Geographic headquarters. The presentation went over very well and it was a busy, inspiring, and productive week. I’m happy to share that several new things are in the works to get the word out about my work and the stories of the whalers. Upcoming media will include another radio interview with NG radio host Boyd Matson, a film interview for the web with Nat Geo Live, and an article and photo gallery on Nat Geo News. There’s potentially a few other things brewing, and I’ll be sure to update as it all moves along. I was also asked to continue my blogging for Nat Geo Explorer’s Journal, where I was writing from the field this summer, so I’ll continue to link to any new posts there on this site. 

Thanks for all your continued support – I’ll leave you with a shot from the office of my grant coordinator at NG headquarters (too bad the flag never blew the right way for this vantage point!). 


Social Networks Promotion of Recent Nat Geo Article

Hello all!

Again I apologize for the long absence. This month’s edition of National Geographic Portugal features a short piece on me and my grant work in the Azores this summer. If you’re in Portugal you should buy one and check it out! NG Portugal also did some promotion on social networks – you can get a preview of the article on their Facebook page

Happy New Year to all!

Article in “Fazendo” – local Azorean newspaper

Hello again all!

As always, my apologies for the few posts up these days. I’ve been meaning to put this up for about a month now… An interview with me was recently published in a Faial-based periodical called “Fazendo.” The article is in Portuguese and the full edition can be found here. The page on the left is my interview. I’ve also posted it at the end of this update. Enjoy!

Also, I’ve received some very exciting contact from the editor at National Geographic Portugal regarding publishing an article on my grant in the coming months. I’ll be sure to update everyone as I get more solid information on this!

Até logo! 


Portraits up of Azorean whalers

Hello all!

I have been working hard on getting my images sorted through and writing up my final report for National Geographic. I recently turned in my top 30 edits to NG and am a few days away from sending in my final report. In terms of further work (article, book, etc), that will probably have to wait until my five-week break from school in December/January. Today I finished editing my favorite portraits of each of the thirty men who I interviewed – the two whose wives I spoke to as well are pictured as a couple. These are now up on my website here. Please visit and enjoy!

Many thanks,



Quick update!

Hello all!

Sorry to have dropped off the face of the earth! Starting grad school and moving into a new city has been incredibly hectic, so my work related to this project has moved to the back burner. As a quick update, I’m currently working on my final image edits for National Geographic’s promotional work surrounding my grant and my project report. A friend suggested I try and work on a gallery showing on my work while I’m living in Boston (which has one of the largest Azorean populations outside of Portugal), so I’m keeping that in the back of my mind as well. I will post relevant updates here whenever I can! 

Thanks for your continued interest and support!