Photographer, wilderness guide, & educator
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Jay Simpson, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and digital storyteller trained in anthropology, collaborates with experts and practitioners to utilize multimedia storytelling as a tool for encouraging behavior change. He has created multimedia projects and awareness campaigns related to human-wildlife conflict, habitat conservation, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, urban issues, and more with local communities, experts, and non-profits across four continents.
Currently seeking MA Multispecies Ethnographic Media at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (2021).
Awards: Horn Family Fund for Environmental Research (2020), Dean's Award for Summer Research (2020), Gallatin Student Resource Fund (for the WalkingCollective, 2020), National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2012), Most Distinguished Scholar of Anthropology (2009).
In addition to the above, Jay worked as the High School Experiential Ed & Project Collaborator at Brightworks, an alternative, project-based school in San Francisco from 2016-2019. There, he designed interdisciplinary curriculum, executed week-long thematic field explorations, and managed all student-led projects during 8-week project phases. He also created the Brightworks Human Library, KBWX student-led radio and podcasts, and multiple community field days for the entire school community.
Images from projects completed over the last 10 years. Individual project galleries coming soon.