Andrea Vale

ANDREA L. VALE

andrealeevale@gmail.com • +44-7585-460736 • Showreel: andreavale.com

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.

 

EDUCATION

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

Cum laude

  • Completed honors thesis and critical analysis in Creative Writing; fiction novella written under direction of acclaimed environmental writer Roy Scranton.

 

EXPEDITIONS

·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)

 

LANGUAGES

Arabic (Beginning) • Spanish (Advanced) • Italian (Intermediate)

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

·“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

 

EXPERIENCE

 

Vale Media LLC – Science Expedition Videographer and Photographer                                          March 2018 – Present

Remote

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

Remote

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 

Formosa, Argentina 

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

Birmingham, U.K.

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 ScientistCreative Editorial Team Member                                                        November 2020 – May 2021

Oxford, U.K.

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

Remote

Supported pre-production for upcoming science fiction episodic series. Conceived, shot, and edited promotional 360 footage.

 

Loggerhead Marinelife CenterFilm Editing Intern                                                                  June 2020 – October 2020

Remote

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.