Whanganui River, Central North Island, New Zealand. Photo Cr: Leah Zamesnik.
Photographer. Environmentalist. Educator. Humanist. Climate Change realist. Adventure, wilderness, and art have taught Alex to how to see the world through diverse lenses, how to listen, and how to make small steps daily to try and make this world a better place. Alex has honed a unique skill set in the research and documentation of issues around Climate Change, the environment, and the world's rich diversity in culture. His passion for connecting with people, places, and stories have taken him to many corners of the world. As a witness to environmental destruction on a monumental scale, the lasting impacts of colonization, and pressing development issues across the globe that many communities face today, Alex is a fierce advocate for the environment, climate, and people. By interacting with the rich, colorful, and diverse landscapes and cultures outside of the U.S., his understanding for how complex and beautifully interconnected the world is took shape. These experiences forever solidified an understanding about how interconnected environmental sustainability and human livelihoods actually are, and solidified an understanding about how dependent the health of a community is on the health of their environment, especially with communities that are intimately connected to their land and its living beings. And his logo exemplifies just that. Human's depend on the health of the environment they live in, and conservation outcomes cannot be achieved without addressing the social and development issues that exist in parallel. The bear claw is shown with human fingerprints, thus illustrating the interconnectedness human's have, consciously or not, with the natural world. Basaraba's images weave compassion, beauty, and resistance while showcasing the incredible resiliency of the environment and people.
Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, Basaraba is a contract photographer, educator, and researcher who works across North America, Asia, and Pacific. He holds a Master's of Science (MSc) in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (2016) and a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Biology with a minor in jazz piano performance (2010) from Colorado State University. In addition to working as an expedition leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions, Alex works as a photographer and has contributed to and/or collaborated with the US Department of Defense, the National Climate Assessment, Grist, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, and others.