Chris Eckstrom

Chris Ekstrom is a writer, editor, and videographer whose work celebrates the wonder of the natural world and seeks to explore how people and wildlife can coexist. Her stories have appeared in National Geographic (where she was a staff writer for 15 years), Audubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and other international publications. Her National Geographic Traveler story, “The Last Real Africa,” earned her a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel. For the past two decades she has worked with her husband and partner, Frans Lanting, on field assignments from the Amazon to Mongolia. They have collaborated to produce a number of acclaimed natural history and photography books, including LIFE, Jungles, Penguin, Eye to Eye, Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden, and Forgotten Edens. As a videographer, Eckstrom documents the fieldwork she produces with Lanting. She has filmed pieces for the National Geographic Channel and NGM.com on cloud goats in India, elephants of the Western Ghats, Hawaii's volcanoes, wildlife in Zambia, albatrosses in the Southern Ocean, and chimpanzees in West Africa. Her coverage of chimpanzees in West Africa was also featured in the NOVA-National Geographic television special “Ape Genius,” which received a Peabody Award.

Upcoming Trips:

Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Kenya Photo Safari, June 25-July 5, 2014