Beginning his career as a marine biologist at California’s Westinghouse Ocean Research Laboratory and then at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Rick left the warm weather behind for the adventures of Alaska.
With colleagues, he pioneered underwater research along Alaska’s remote outer coast. Rick has authored and published more than 45 scientific papers and popular articles on marine biology, ecology and animal behavior. Underwater camerawork played an essential part in Rick’s marine research. Aiming to share his observations with the wider world, Rick turned from research to filmmaking and television. Rick’s most recent work is the ground-breaking WHALE WISDOM, which captures previously unrecorded whale behavior, and offers tantalizing clues about their intelligence. WHALE WISDOM is narrated by Sir David Attenborough. When he’s not in the water, Rick gives presentations, talks and interviews about the subjects of his films and the challenges now facing our planet’s oceans.
As a research biologist, Rick specialized in studying shallow-water marine ecosystems. He has published works on the kelp beds and rocky sub-tidal habitats of the Pacific coast from Alaska to Chile. Rick’s research also included extensive monitoring of fish communities in southern Alaska.
With advanced degrees in marine biology, Rick draws on his scientific expertise to capture extraordinary wildlife behavior on camera. Rick presents his films, and the stories behind them, in talks at public venues around the world.