ecologist and photograper
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Jeffrey T. Kerby, PhD

William H. Neukom Institute for Computational Science Postdoc and Institute for Arctic Studies visiting fellow at Dartmouth College.


I’m an ecologist interested in how seasonality and climatic extremes shape behavior and phenology in the ‘natural’ world. Why did these traits evolve? When and where are they expressed, and are they changing? How do they influence the outcomes of species interactions?

These interests are not bound to any system in particular, but thus far I’ve found alpine and Arctic systems particularly conducive to their study.

My work combines traditional field approaches with quantitative analyses of photographs captured by drones, satellites, and time-lapse installations. To transform images into tractable data sets, I borrow and benefit from numerous recent advances in computational science. See my Research tab for more on my academic work.

I am also a documentary photographer. I produce photo-narratives that share nuanced stories about science, conservation, and the people that dedicate their lives to these pursuits.  See the Photography tab for more on my work producing visual scientific and conservation narratives for National Geographic Magazine and others.