Ocean Culture Life: Nova West
"I've been a storyteller since I could first hold a camera. Starting with the life around me in small-town Minnesota, I didn't become an ocean storyteller until my late twenties.
Working at National Geographic, I quickly learned that I had a unique perspective underwater that was largely untapped. That's where I began my goal to tell ocean stories from a whole new angle..."
"We take a bite out of marine conservation and documentary filmmaking with Nova West (they/them), Angel Morris (they/them), and Nicole Morris (she/they/he)– the producers and muses of “Diving for Rays: A Queer Conservationist’s Story.” We chat about how what started as an impromptu instagram DM and a conversation about childhood dreams manifested into a cinematic journey deeper than the ocean..."
A year-end summary of Ocean Exploration Trust's 2022 field season, featuring Nova's photography on pages 4, 13, 24, 25, 41, 42, 50, and 51.
"In 2022, the Ocean Exploration Trust started a partnership with the National Geographic Society focused on the scientific exploration of shallow- water habitats, a first for E/V Nautilus...The accomplishments of the E/V Nautilus 2022 field season were only possible thanks to the many partners that contributed to this work, including both ship-based and shore-based personnel..."
A project Nova filmed aboard a Coast Guard ship off the coast of Michigan publicly announces the discovery of a new shipwreck.
"Researchers from NOAA, the state of Michigan, and Ocean Exploration Trust have discovered an intact shipwreck resting hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Huron. Located within NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the shipwreck has been identified as the sailing ship Ironton..."
Creating Compelling Shark Content
"After returning from my trip to Turks and Caicos with Sharks4Kids last year, I reflected on my experience capturing footage for the nonprofit’s Project Lemon Aid initiative..."
"After realizing the lack of LGBTQ+ visibility in marine science led her to abandon her childhood dream, Nicole Morris decided to re-route her life path to try and become a marine biologist, to conserve endangered rays...."
See Who They Can Become
"Allow me to introduce a truly amazing colleague: In September and October of this year, I had the pleasure of working (often underwater) with the talented Nova West. Here, we are diving with a team of maritime archeologists off the coast of Maui..."
Shark Conservation Through a Lens
"My journey in shark conservation began in December 2020 when I met Duncan Brake and Jillian Morris, founders of the Sharks4Kids organization, on a shoot in Bimini, Bahamas, for National Geographic..."
"Welcome to our new lesson series: Storytime At Sea. Bring the excitement of discovery to students as ocean explorers, scientists, seafloor mappers, and engineers aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus read science storybooks aloud from the middle of the ocean..."
Celebrating World Ocean Day
"June 8 is World Ocean Day! This year’s theme, “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean” is especially meaningful to Conservation Nation as we aim to bring diverse conservationists together to creatively solve Earth’s most pressing challenges..."