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About Shelley & 44th Parallel Photography

44th Parallel Photography is photography for the environment. Our goal is to use photography to connect people to nature, to raise awareness about conservation and environmental issues, and to create positive change in the world.

Shelley is a professional biologist, specializing in evolutionary ecology and population genetics of insects. She left her career, as a university professor and research scientist, behind in order to pursue her dreams of using photography for conservation and environmental education.


She strives to create images with impact - images that communicate the beauty of earth's natural environments as well as images that help to connect people to nature and foster an appreciation of nature.

Shelley is also an educator, author, public speaker, and storyteller. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she uses photography as an tool to educate audiences about nature, conservation, and environmental issues. As a public speaker, Shelley uses her images, combined with storytelling, to engage her audience. Her presentation audiences range from public and private schools (kindergarten to high school), clubs, lake associations, and corporate groups. To book Shelley for a presentation, please click HERE.

Shelley is also an adventurer who has explored the world from the arctic, to the tropical forests of Central America, to the South Pacific, and Antarctica. In 2016, Shelley was a participant in the Homeward Bound Women In Science Leadership Expedition to Antarctica - the largest all-women expedition to the frozen continent. She is an ardent supporter of women in science and women's leadership; she also teaches leadership to diverse audiences.

In 2014, 44th Parallel Photography became a division of Biosphere Environmental Education, Shelley's environmental education organization. To learn more about Biosphere Environmental Education, click HERE.


photo by Sarah Connelly

Shelley photographing Chinstrap penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula 

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