Our Mission

Integrating art + science to reveal environmental change and inspire a balanced relationship with nature.

About Us

Earth Vision Institute (EVI), founded by photographer and scientist James Balog in 2012, is a donor-funded organization that is dedicated to creating, publishing, and sharing world-class visual stories and rich media content. EVI bridges the divide between art and science through unique conceptual insights, technological innovation, and scientific knowledge. We educate global citizens about the impact of environmental change on the world.

James Balog routinely speaks at climate conferences and related public forums to share breathtaking visual content and eyewitness accounts of the geographical and environmental shifts taking place on our planet.

In addition to the Art+Science photographic and video content that creates a visual narrative, EVI collaborates with experts around the world who contribute solid research to bolster our storytelling. Our content is distributed via a global network of educational, media, nonprofit, and other partnerships. We share our content and expertise with policymakers and governing organizations. Learn more about Earth Vision Institute programs.

Earth Vision Institute Staff

James Balog
Founder & Director

For almost 40 years, photographer James Balog (“BAY-log”) has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. His new film, THE HUMAN ELEMENT, is an innovative and visually stunning look at how humanity interacts with earth, air, fire and water. The film had it's world premiere at the San Francisco Film Festival in April 2018. James and his Extreme Ice Survey team were also featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, Emmy® award-winning documentary, Chasing Ice, and in the 2009 NOVA special, Extreme Ice. James has been honored with many awards, including, most recently, the Heinz Award, the Duke University LEAF Award, the Rose-Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, and the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society. He is the author of ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers and seven other books. His photos have been extensively published in major magazines, including National Geographic, and exhibited at more than one hundred museums and galleries worldwide. In 2009, he served as a U.S./NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 15) in Copenhagen. In 2015, at COP 21 in Paris, he made numerous presentations on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The United Nations Foundation and Solutions COP 21 at the Grand Palais.

The Nikon Ambassadors are authorized by Nikon to demonstrate to the public and professional image makers the capabilities and use of Nikon imaging products, but the expressive content of their work is solely their own. Nikon Ambassadors are independent contractors and visual artists and are not employees of Nikon. Nikon Ambassadors are responsible for the content of their photographs, websites, exhibitions, and visual images and the manner in which such content and images are obtained. Any messages, beliefs, or viewpoints expressed in the Nikon Ambassadors’ photographs, websites, exhibitions, or visual images do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs or viewpoints of Nikon or any Nikon employee.

Operations & Exhibits Manager

Sport provides general operations support for all EVI programs. She also manages activities relating to exhibitions and lectures and handles all press requests. Sport tries to live up to her name by running, hiking, biking and skiing as often as possible.
Email Sport at sport@earthvisioninstitute.org

Gloria Dickie
Technical Writer

Gloria conducts environmental research and writes on scientific topics relevant to Earth Vision Institute, the Extreme Ice Survey, and Earth Vision Film. She brings more than five years of experience as a multimedia environmental journalist to EVI. Gloria's passions include writing, hiking, photography, and reading — most of which she gets to do at her job each day.
Email Gloria at gloria@earthvisioninstitute.org.

Matt Kennedy
Extreme Ice Survey Manager and Multimedia Producer

Matthew keeps a close eye on our global network of Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) glacier monitoring time-lapse camera systems and produces multimedia content for both EVI and EIS. Fueled by the mountains and captivated by the sky, Matthew’s passions nearly always include a few billion snowflakes and cold crisp air.
Email Matt at Matt@earthvisioninstitute.org

Extreme Ice Survey Support Team

Stephen Nowland, Photographer & Multimedia Producer

Karina Yager, Ph.D., Resident Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Daniel McGrath, Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

James White, Ph.D., Director, Institute or Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), and Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Bruce Vaughn, Senior Professional Scientist, Institute or Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado, Boulder

W. Tad Pfeffer, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder, and Jefferson Science Fellow with U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Jason Box, Ph.D., Professor of Glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Daniel B. Fagre, PhD., Research Ecologist and Climate Change Research Coordinator, U. S. Geological Survey

Won Sang Lee, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Korea Polar Research Institute

Svavar Jonatansson, Iceland Field Assistant

Corey Jaskolski, Tuatara Systems

Shad O’Neel, Glaciologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Eran Hood, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Geography, University of Alaska Southeast

Ian Joughin, Ph.D., Polar Science Center, University of Washington

Oddur Sigurdsson, Former President, Iceland Glaciological Society

Konrad Steffen, Ph.D., Director (new title in SW)

Conrad Anker, Climber, Mountaineer, Author

Ted Scambos, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Lead Scientist for NSIDC (National Snow & Ice Data Center)

Martin Sharp, Ph.D., Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

Sven Lindblad, CEO, Lindblad Expeditions

Eric Guth, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, Lindblad Expeditions

Clemens Scheiber, Swarovski AG

Alberto Behar, Ph.D., Former Polar Scientist, Extreme Ice Survey Team Member in Memoriam

Partners and Collaborators