Dr Richard Shucksmith undertook his undergraduate education at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales in Bangor where he studied Applied Marine Biology. During his time here he took a year out of his study to work with Professor Micheal Kaiser’s research group resulting in a number of research cruises and several peer reviewed publications. On completing his undergraduate with a first class honours he moved to the Scottish Association of Marine Science to undertake a PhD (Biological Invasions: The role of biodiversity in determining community susceptibility to invasion). During this period he worked on several projects communicating science to the public and was University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) student of the year 2007, the same year his PhD was successfully completed.
Richard has had an interest in photography since his childhood and during his time studying science Richard used his photography skills to document his work and the work of other scientists. He undertook several research cruises as the scientific photographer working closely with the research team to document their work and produce engaging imagery. Since his PhD Richard has won several environmental awards for his photography including British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) overall winner 2011 and been widely published in national and international media. Richard now works on communicating science, environmental issues and conservation through multimedia platforms using various techniques such as still images, motion picture and sound.
George Stoyle obtained his first degree in Media Science in the early 1990s after which he worked for nearly 10 years in the IT industry involved in web and database development. Following a number of years volunteering for a marine conservation charity, George changed career paths in 2006 studying for a Masters in Tropical Coastal Management at Newcastle University. After receiving a Distinction he moved to Honduras for 2 years where he worked as a coral reef ecologist with Dr Steve Box. Here he was concerned with the patch dynamics of macroalgae along with the role of parrotfish in maintaining the structure and function of reef integrity. Since then George has been involved in numerous and extensive projects in both the eastern and western Caribbean where he has worked with closely with Professor Bob Steneck from the University of Maine as well as numerous researchers from the Smithsonian Institution.
George has had life-long fascination for the natural world and a love of the beauty of remote places and associated wildlife. As a full-time conservation and ecological photographer he endeavours to produce imagery which has the potential to convey a narrative, projecting ideas and messages intended to raise awareness of issues relating to the environment and our relationship with it. He has undertaken a number of photographic expeditions both in the UK and abroad to document the research activities of individuals and organisations. His photographs have been finalists or commended in a number of national and international competitions and he has contributed articles to numerous magazines, blogs and scientific publications. George also has an advanced knowledge of database design, web development, digital technologies and software.