Brenton Spies is a conservation biologist and nature photographer based out of Los Angeles, California.
His research primarily focuses on how various environmental factors and anthropogenic, or human induced, impacts influence community level processes, hydrological dynamics, water quality, and the presence/absence of threatened and endangered species.
Currently, Brenton’s research is concentrated around the unique seasonally closed, or bar-built estuaries found throughout California, including the recovery and management of the Tidewater Goby, a small federally endangered fish.
He also works on the SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) fish mitigation project in San Diego, California, and studies how anthropogenic impacts affect coral reef communities in Moorea, French Polynesia.
His photography has been displayed in various galleries, scientific journals, and news articles. His work has also appeared in National Geographic, in addition to being awarded the Peoples Choice Award in October 2010 for an image he captured during his expedition to the summit of Denali, Alaska.
Photography has allowed him to communicate his research and adventures to a broader audience, creating a powerful outreach tool for promoting conservation and sustainability.
Brenton earned his Bachelors in Biology from San Diego State University before obtaining his Masters in Marine Ecology at California State University, Northridge.
He is currently a research biologist pursuing his Ph.D. at UCLA, having worked in the field of marine biology since 2003. When free time presents itself, Brenton enjoys sailing, hiking, SCUBA diving, and fly-fishing.