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Rob Nelson was born in Denver Colorado in 1979. Since then he did primary
schooling in Texas, completed university work in Miami, Australia, Oregon,
Hawaii and Montana. These, mostly academic pursuits, have taken him to
6 different colleges for classes, and multiple tropical and subtropical
habitats for scientific study.
Teaching has always come naturally for Rob. He has taught 7 semesters
of undergraduate lab classes in introductory biology, ecology and marine
biology. He has also taught classes through Duke
in Costa Rica and worked as a field guide in Hawaii. Rob works
to improve his teaching style and ability to engage the students. Outside
of school, he has worked as a Scuba
Dive master and a Nature
Tour Guide both which compliment his ability to communicate
the wonder of the outdoors with non-scientists. It’s this ideology
that has drawn Rob into wanting to produce documentary films.
From an early age, Rob has had an interest in video and story telling.
His first short films were pseudo-action hero videos and adventure videos,
a style which has never really left his videos. As an undergraduate he
saved up money and bought his first 3CCD digital video camera and began
shooting wildlife documentaries. He documented first the stories of the
Oregon wildlife while working as a Salmon researcher. He then documented
two trips to Colorado up multiple mountain ridges. This progressed into
making a video for the Army Corp. of Engineers about Aquatic
Plants in Texas. After moving to Hawaii, he made several
sports-related videos including the UH Swim-team video and a historical
film entitled, “Hawaii’s Swimming Legacy”. While working
in the Biology Department, the University of Hawaii paid for the production
of 12 2-minute long shorts to be played at the beginning of biology lab
classes. Then in June of 2003 Rob began the filming of “The
Biodiversity of Mexico”, his biggest and most costly
documentary yet. In 2004 Rob, along with crew member Joseph Coleman documented
a bike ride (Cycling the Last
Frontier) from Seattle, WA to Anchorage AK whereby they raised
money for the non-profit organization SEACOLOGY. Later that year, after
defending his masters thesis in Shrimp-Goby Behavioral Ecology, Rob and
Jonas Stenstrom set off to film a documentary entitled, “Hawaii:
Biodiversity Forgotten,” a bio-adventure documentary
documenting their journey up and over each of the 7 main Hawaiian islands
and across the ocean channels.
Currently, Rob is a student at the Montana
State University Department of Science and Natural History filmmaking.
Future work will entail work with invasive
species, and online
educational documentaries that teachers can use as educational
aids in the classroom.
For more info Contact Rob Nelson