ANDREA L. VALE
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Multimedia science journalist working as a freelance writer and documentary filmmaker. Passionate about translating scientific research to academics and general audiences.
U.S. citizen with passport and driver’s license. Dually based in Massachusetts, U.S. and Bristol, U.K.
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K. MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management September 2020 – October 2021
Completed dissertation, “Storied, Sacred, Frightening, Awe-Inspiring:” Examining Geological Charisma in the Yellowstone River’ under supervision of Dr. Hannah Fair.
Relevant Modules: Introduction to GIS (ArcGIS, GIS); Professional Research Theory and Practice; Species Distribution Modelling; Big Data; Biodiversity Technologies; Marine Biogeography; International Ocean Governance of the Deep Seabed; Marine Protected Areas; Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A.
BA in English literature with Creative Writing concentration August 2014 – May 2018
Completed honors thesis and critical analysis in Creative Writing; fiction novella written under direction of acclaimed environmental writer Roy Scranton.
·August 2022: Ocean Twilight Zone Project, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution (North Atlantic ocean; Ocean-based)
·May 2020: Anthroposea Expedition, Oxford University Expedition Council (Southampton, U.K. to Plymouth, U.K.; Ocean-based)
·March 2018: Out of Eden Walk, National Geographic Society (Amritsar, India to Harike Pattan, India; Land-based)
SKILLS AND CERTIFICATIONS
FAA 107 Commercial Drone License (U.S.) • CAA Open Category Drone Flyer and Operator Permit (U.K.) • PADI Open Water Diver Certification • Top-Rope Belay Certified • Long-lens wildlife filming • Macro videography • Time-Lapse videography • 360 VR videography and photography • Underwater Videography • International Driving Permit • Wilderness and Remote Location First Aid Certification (First Option Safety Group LTD)
Arabic (Beginning) • Spanish (Advanced) • Italian (Intermediate)
·“Why Seabirds in the Pacific Are Eating Plastic”(Article) — Oceana, May 2020
·“Diseases in the Jungle: How Habitat Destruction Could Lead to Future Pandemics” (Video) — The Oxford Scientist, March 2021
·“Earth’s Metabolism” (Video) — Anthroposphere: The Oxford Climate Review, September 2021
·“’Battle’ Between a Lion and Hyenas Isn’t What It Seems” (Article) — National Geographic, August 2017
·“National parks: “carbon sponges” fighting against climate change” (Interview) — Climate Tracker, June 2020
·“In the Punjab, Villagers — and the Wetland That Was Meant to Help Them — Struggle to Survive” (Article) — National Geographic, June 2018
Vale Media LLC – Science Expedition Videographer and Photographer March 2018 – Present
Serve as field-based videographer and photographer documenting scientific research expeditions, with a specialty on ocean-focused work. Act as one-person full production team, with ability to plan, produce, shoot, and edit projects to completion independently.
Freelance Science Journalist June 2016 – Present
Bylines include National Geographic, Anthroposphere: The Oxford Climate Review, USA Today, the Huffington Post, Oceana, and elsewhere. Independently researched and pitched conservation-focused stories. Undertook multimedia field reporting in rural India, Italy, Nepal, along U.S.-Mexico border. Specialize in covering biodiversity and marine research to encourage scientific literacy in general audiences.
National Geographic Channel – Assistant Producer January – May 2022
Set up and oversaw international shoots in remote locations for two months in the field for upcoming season of National Geographic / Disney+ series Primal Survivor.. Acted as camera assistant to DoP and second camera. Shot b-roll and details on Sony FX6 and DJI gimbal; shot underwater wildlife b-roll footage. Built and prepped Ronin gimbal system. Filmed timelapse; used Rhino slider to film panning shots. Took production stills. Transported, packed, and cleaned kit.
BBC – Wildlife Camera Operator November 2021
Wildlife camera operator for The One Show December 2021 episode. Sony FS5 and FS7. Captured close-ups, slo-mos, and establishing shots for robin wildlife sequence, in addition to b-roll cutaways, and talking head interviews. Acted as camera assistant in packing, transporting, and setting up equipment.
Oxford University Expedition Society – Drone Operator, Underwater Camera, Second Camera, Producer May 2021
Southampton to Plymouth, U.K.
Part of Anthroposea Expedition, two-week offshore shoot along the U.K. coast. Interviewed scientists, citizens, and local experts for documentary on coastal narratives. Filmed 4K second camera interviews, b-roll cutaways. Created Sony mirrorless topside, underwater GoPro, and aerial drone footage.
The Oxford Scientist – Creative Editorial Team Member November 2020 – May 2021
Worked with editorial team to conceive, pitch, and create artistic visualizations of scientific research. Focused on visual poetry pieces depicting environment and biology research.
Silvano-Mari Films – 360 Camera December 2020 – January 2021
Supported pre-production for upcoming science fiction episodic series. Conceived, shot, and edited promotional 360 footage.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center – Film Editing Intern June 2020 – October 2020
Conceived video ideas, compiled footage, and edited footage into mission-driven conservation content for audiences using Premiere Pro. Conceptualized and created mini-documentary on International Sea Turtle Rescue Alliance.
National Geographic Society – Human Story Specialist June 2017 – July 2020
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Science and Exploration team. Collaborated on wildlife and natural resource conservation initiatives across the Society, including Pristine Seas, Last Wild Places, Okavango Wilderness, and Perpetual Planet projects. Supported two-time Pulitzer-winning environmental journalist Paul Salopek’s “Out of Eden Walk” (OOEW): a 10-year, 21,000-mile reporting trek on foot across the world from Ethiopia to Chile. Joined Salopek in the field in northwestern India to report grassroots conservation story for publication with National Geographic.
Northern Virginia Conservation Trust – Self-Shooting Producer October 2019 – May 2020
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Conceived, pitched, shot and edited mission-driven short features for local conservation NGO website and social media channels.