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Chris Palmer

Environmental and Wildlife Filmmaking Wonk


Cred BS mechanical engineering, MS ocean engineering and naval architecture, University College London; MPA and Kennedy Scholar, Harvard University.

Livelihood Professor and distinguished film producer in residence; Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication; President, One World Ocean Foundation; CEO, VideoTakes, Inc.

Interests Conservation, parenting, writing, stand-up comedy, personal mission statements, old age, and dying

Focus Being as productive as possible before time runs out on me

Recent Awards Share two Emmys and an Oscar nomination, Lifetime Achievement Award for Media at the 2009 International Wildlife Film Festival, Environmental Film Educator of the Decade at the Green Global Awards

Last Book You Read Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life, and This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

What Keeps You Up At Night? Worrying about the state of the world and what we’re leaving for future generations, including my three daughters and granddaughter.

Hobbies Learning all I can about the Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln, enriching my vocabulary, oratory.

Are You a Wonk? Yes, because a wonk to me is someone who wants to make a difference, improve society, leave a legacy.

Additional Links
AU Profile
Center for Environmental Filmmaking
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