Chris Linder Photography - Science and Natural History Storytelling


Documentary assignments of science fieldwork make up the bulk of my work. Since 2002, I have spent over 1,000 days in the field photographing more than 50 scientific expeditions, from Antarctica to the Congo. The following are my recent major focus projects--those which span several years and multiple shoots. To see more projects, visit my Portfolios page.


The Big Thaw (2008+)

The Big Thaw takes readers on a journey of adventure and discovery one of the most inaccessible and hauntingly beautiful places on Earth—the Arctic.  Through evocative images by a professional conservation photographer and essays by leading writers and scientists, The Big Thaw tells the story of how vast stores of ancient carbon stored in permafrost soils are thawing and returning to the modern carbon cycle… and how a dedicated team of scientists and students is struggling to understand it.

Global Rivers

Global Rivers Obervatory (2010-2014)

Scientists can assess the "health" of a river watershed by studying the chemical composition and other properties of the water. Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole Research Center, and their international colleagues founded the Global Rivers Group to monitor the health of major rivers worldwide, from the Fraser to the Congo.


Live from the Poles / Polar Discovery (2007-2009)

The polar regions are experiencing unprecedented environmental changes that have significant potential impacts on global climate, ecosystems, and society. Thousands of scientists from dozens of countries focused their attention on the Arctic and Antarctic for two years from 2007-2009 in an effort known as the International Polar Year (IPY).

Arctic Edge

Edge of the Arctic Shelf (2002-2004)

This multi-year, multi-disciplinary oceanography project focused on understanding the flow of water from the Bering Sea onto the Chukchi and Beaufort shelves, and how this water changes as it moves into the deep Arctic basin.