Brad is a naturalist interpreter specializing in bear biology and ecology of the North Country. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating with a B.S. in wildlife biology in 1999, and since then has worked as a biological research tech on various projects throughout Alaska. He has guided numerous professional photographers, photography workshops, bear viewers and film crews on expeditions along the remote coast of Katmai National Park for the last 11 years, as well as in Churchill, Manitoba for the past six years. In addition to being a “bear junkie” and wildlife photographer, Brad’s hobbies include botany, gardening, bird watching, and volunteering with the Homer, Alaska volunteer fire department as an EMT. Brad’s love of wildlife has led him on numerous solo adventures throughout the world including trips to Borneo, Central America, the Amazon, China, Africa, Sri Lanka and India.
Check out Brad's blog, Bears & Beyond, to see his amazing collection of bear photography & videos, plus trip reports from Alaska, Borneo, China and more!
Upcoming Adventures with Brad:
The Wild Side of China Photo Adventure
Alaska's Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai
Alaska's Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai Photo Tour
Polar Bears of Churchill
The Wilds of Borneo: Orangutans and Beyond
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"Brad's extensive knowledge of the wildlife of the Katmai area brought our awareness of the brown bear and their environment to a new level and understanding. We hope and pray that nature guide companies will continue to respect this area and allow the wildlife to continue to live in harmony. We know if Brad has anything to do with this then they will be safe. We are thankful for his efforts. He is knowledgeable, kind, consideration, thoughtful and he genuinely cared about us and our experience at Katmai. He truly exceeded any expectation we may have had. We will always thank him for giving us the opportunity to share the meadows and beaches with the brown bears and other gentle creatures of Katmai. It has changed our lives forever more."
"Brad was fantastic! His knowledge of the area and the wildlife was impressive. He communicated very well with us and made sure we got the correct angle for our photos and in the best light. He really enjoys what he does and it really shows!! I always felt safe and secure with him and enjoyed our conversations with him. Thank you Brad!"
"Brad took this trip to another level. His knowledge of panda biology gave us a much deeper understanding of these incredible bears. His willingness to answer questions, offer explanation and insight about what we were seeing was a huge bonus. Brad took the time each day to make sure each person on our trip was having an experience custom made for them...he has so much energy and patience. Cultural differences can be challenging, so having Brad there made ALL the difference."
"LOVED Brad. His passion for the land and creatures was clear and he employed his knowledge base appropriately as to depth and timeliness of facts delivered without being overwhelming and never preachy. Just a pleasure to be with and very courteous to everyone under all conditions of stress: excitement and downtimes. He was particularly helpful to me getting some camera tips down so I was sure to get at least better shots than without him, given my lack of serious training as a photographer."
"Brad was beyond excellent. He helped us with our cameras to ensure we did the very best our equipment allowed. Basically he taught me a lot about my camera. He is extremely knowledgeable. He is an excellent spotter. Handled all questions with the utmost professionalism. I hope we can travel with him again."