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BIOCOMM 2013 Recorded Sessions BIOCOMM2013 – Creativity by the Sea


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Select sessions from BIOCOMM 2013 in Asilomar State Park were streamed live online and recorded for future playback.

Documenting Diversity: The Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment

Charles "Chip" Hedgcock, RBP, FBCACharles "Chip" Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA
Senior Research Specialist
Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona

The Madrean Archipelago harbors a rich natural heritage of native species and habitats. This 70,000 square-mile region of sky-island mountain ranges straddles the borderlands of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico.

The Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment (MABA) project is a multi-year effort to study and protect this globally important region. The project includes multidisciplinary field expeditions to remote areas of northern Mexico to document the diversity and distribution of plant and animal species.

As the primary photographer for the MABA project, Hedgcock was charged with providing images that record as well as promote the MABA project and provide photographic vouchers of herpetological and entomological specimens captured in the field. Voucher photos are being deposited with university museum collections as specimen records, and therefore must show diagnostic characters of each specimen with enough detail for positive identification. Photographs will also become part of an online educational database documenting species diversity in the region.

This presentation will show photographs from the expeditions, including some of the habitats explored, researchers involved, and animals recorded. Techniques and equipment used will also be discussed.

Charles "Chip" Hedgcock is equally at home photographing in the studio or in the field. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and a Registered Biological Photographer and Fellow of the BioCommunications Association.

Hedgcock has been a professional Biocommunicator for more than 27 years starting in 1984 as a medical photographer for the University of Arizona. Now retired, Hedgcock's keen interest in natural history continue to lead him on photography and research expeditions throughout the desert Southwest and Sonora, Mexico. His award winning photographs have appeared in an eclectic mix of publications including; LensWork, Spin, Ranger Rick, BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, and the Journal of BioCommunications.


Go Zambia - A Healthcare Collaboration

Paul CromptonPaul Crompton
Head of Service
University Hospital of Wales
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Go Zambia is a collaboration between healthcare and education communities in Cardiff and the Chongwe province of the Zambian capital Lusaka. The aim of the objective is to identify and establish sustainable interventions which will help the Chongwe community attain the UN's Millennium Goals, which included improving maternal mortality, child health, education and women's rights. This presentation focuses on the role played by the author in an initial, multidisciplinary team visit to the district in March 2012 and the follow up a year later. It will also reflect on the personal challenge of shifting genres from a clinical photographer to a documentary photographer and the lessons learnt in terms of photographic technique and modern communication techniques during the visits.

Paul is Head of the Media Resources Centre at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board in the UK. After training in commercial photography he became a medical photographer. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Derby University. Paul has also worked as a teacher and has published a number of papers and won awards for his clinical photography. He has presented at meetings in the UK and the USA.

InfoShare & Show Us Your Stuff

A variety of presenters will give a 5-minute demonstration of a tip, trick, or gadget that makes the life of image creators better.

Show Us Your Stuff
A variety of presenters illustrate the technique used to create an image, and describe its purpose and audience. Some of the images shared have included winners of BCA's BioImages competition. Each presentation is 10-15 minutes.

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