About

Clare Fieseler is a marine ecologist represented by National Geographic Creative. She lives in Washington, DC. 

Clare experiments with narratives that make scientific discovery – and the people behind them – more relatable. She also does straight up science experiments. 

Clare’s first job out of college was working in wildlife film production for National Geographic Television. She worked on the Great Migrations series, Kingdom of the Blue Whale, and others. After co-producing a lifetime achievement video honoring female oceanographer, she was inspired to return to science.

In 2010, Clare completed a masters in Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University. While there, Clare co-founded and curated the World in Conflict photography exhibit. The long-term recovery of Caribbean coral assemblages was the focus of her thesis. In 2011,  Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions awarded her with a one year post-graduate fellowship in ocean science and policy. 

Clare is currently a PhD Candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill and Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.In 2016, she will defend her dissertation on coral resilience and conservation She is a founding member of the Coral Reef Working Group for the Society of Conservation Biology. She also serves as an officer on the SCB's Marine Board.

Clare combines science and storytelling in her work as a field scientist. In 2011, she co-founded Scientists with Stories, a university initiative to train graduate students in narrative-based science communication. Her science-focused photography and videos have won awards, including a SXSW Interactive Media award. Her portrait project, OUTNUMBERED, personified the rise of women in science within North Carolina.  It won the North Carolina Documentary Photography Award and was the focus of a National Geographic Studios short documentary.  

Clare has produced media for National Geographic Magazine, The Atlantic, Undark Magazine, NPR, and WAMU 88.5. In 2015, she became the youngest female scientist represented by National Geographic Creative. In spring 2016, Clare will serve as a coach in documentary studies at the UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

Clare completed a BS from Georgetown University in 2006. She and her husband Drew root for the Hoyas. 

All images copyright Clare Fieseler. 

Credit: Becca Skinner