Your website on Madagascar was the single best entry
in any category. It is truly a marvel.
— C. Cole, Judge, National Association
of Science Writers Science-in-Society awards
The Internet is becoming America’s most important source of news, information and entertainment. More than 70% of adults and 93% of teens go online regularly. Dan has been creating pioneering multimedia web products since 2003, when he reported for WBUR.org from Palmer Station, Antarctica for six weeks. The website he produced won the American Association for the Advancement of Science award for online reporting, one the highest honors in science journalism.
Dan’s work continues to define the innovative limit of multimedia science and environmental journalism. Currently he is experimenting with highly interactive sites using geographic browsers, user-generated content such as testimony on climate impacts from people around the world and online games that turn labor intensive research tasks into entertaining activities played by volunteers.
Dan has produced three extensive multimedia micro-sites. All three have won awards.
Palmer Station, squeezed between the sea and a glacier on an island off the Antarctic Peninsula, is one of the world’s most isolated scientific outposts. Dan went to Palmer Station under the auspices of the National Science Foundation
and on assignment from WBUR.org to produce a website about the research and researchers of the base. Together with WBUR’s multimedia team, Dan created a sensory-rich product that takes site visitors as close as they can get to Antarctica without buying a cruise-ship berth. The site won the Science Journalism Award
for Excellence in Online Reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the First Place Award for Online Reporting on
the Environment of the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Land of Ice and Stone
Greenland, Earth’s largest island, is a place of incredible beauty, stark contrasts and historical mystery. Both the world’s northernmost land and highest point
north of the Arctic Circle are in Greenland. Eighty percent of the island is covered in ice—two miles thick in places. The island’s rocky rim hosts an unusual menagerie of animals, including polar bears, musk oxen, lemmings and walruses. On assignment from WBUR and with logistical support from the National Science Foundation, the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard and the Danish Polar Center, Dan traveled to a number of far-flung research sites in Greenland and Iceland. Together with WBUR’s web designers and producers,
Dan created entertaining visual and audio portraits of the wildlife, human life
and scientific research of these lands of ice and stone.
Fantastic Forests: The Balance Between Nature and Wildlife of Madagascar
The big island off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar, is one of the most important “hotspots” for biodiversity on the planet. Eighty percent of the Madagascar’s plants and animals exist nowhere else on Earth. But forests, the home of most of the island’s wildlife, are only 20% the size of what they were before humans arrived about 800 years ago. On assignment from WBUR.org
and with funding from the and the , Dan traveled extensively on the tropical island. The website he produced with WBUR’s creative team vividly captures the sights and sounds of the people, the forests and the wildlife of Madagascar. The site won the Science Journalism Award for Excellence in Online Media from the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Science-in-Society Award of the
National Association of Science Writers.
- Visit Fantastic Forests
- Meet and listen to Madagascar’s wildlife
- Meet the children of Madagascar
- Listen to malagasy music
OTHER MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTS
- Watch Dan’s narrated slide show of wildlife research on the Swedish icebreaker Oden, as it sailed to Antarctica
- Watch a short video Dan produced about Swedish icebreaker Oden’s voyage to Antarctica.