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Whaling and the Paradox of Mercy
Gemina Garland-Lewis grew up wanting to “Save the Whales.” As a scientist, she journeyed into the world of whaling to confront her own biases.
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About the Journalist
Gemina Garland-Lewis is a Seattle and Baja CA Sur-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. She currently works as a photo instructor and naturalist for Lindblad-National Geographic Expeditions and was a photo instructor and trip leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions from 2010-2017.
Gemina completed her master’s degree in Conservation Medicine at Tufts University in 2013 and has worked with the Center for One Health Research at the University of Washington ever since, focusing on health and disease issues at the human-animal-environment interface and ways to integrate visual storytelling into this field.
Her photography, writing, and stories have been featured by National Geographic News, National Geographic Adventure, NPR, The Washington Post, and REI, among others.
Gemina 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.
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