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Tim Laman

National Geographic
Biologist, Photographer & Filmmaker

Tim Laman is a field biologist, wildlife photojournalist, and filmmaker.  Since getting his Ph.D. from Harvard for pioneering research in Borneo’s rainforest canopy, his cameras have become his main tools for telling the stories of rare and endangered wildlife, and revealing some of earth’s wildest places.  A regular contributor to National Geographic with twenty-two published stories, Tim has also received ten grants from the National Geographic Society for his scientific expeditions to remote parts of Borneo, Australia, and New Guinea.  The spectacular Birds-of-Paradise have been a major long-term interest, and he continues his exploration of these birds in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Tim recently won top honors as “Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016”, with an orangutan image showcasing the lives of wild orangutans and the conservation issues they face.  This came out of his other long-term collaboration that is with his wife, orangutan researcher Cheryl Knott.


Recently, he has also been making forays into wildlife cinematography shooting for the BBC’s Planet Earth II and other projects and is excited by the convergence of stills and motion.

My Speakers Sessions

Monday, September 25

11:30am MDT

Wednesday, September 27

1:00pm MDT