ecologist and photograper
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About Jeff Kerby, PhD


Jeffrey T. Kerby, PhD

I am a Neukom Institute Post-doctoral Fellow '16 and a Dickey Center Visiting Arctic Fellow at Dartmouth College.


I study the spatial and phenological dynamics of species interactions, particularly in seasonal and changing environments like the Arctic and the mountains of East Africa. My research includes theory and tools from community, landscape, and movement ecology, with a primary focus on plant-animal interactions in tundra ecosystems of Greenland, Canada and Russia.  

The concept of scale unites many of my research themes, linking the ecological dynamics of individuals and communities to broader regions, particularly in the context of climate change.  In addition to field observations and satellite-derived data, I incorporate quantitative time-lapse and drone photography to explore traditional concepts in ecology from fresh and previously unaccessible perspectives.


I use computer science approaches to pull data from imagery, but I also have a deep passion for documentary 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 photojournalism work (as primary photographer) with National Geographic Magazine and others.