"Have you ever been in the position where you see a job you know you want but you’ve never seen anyone who resembles you in the role? If the answer to that is yes, you are not alone...Based out of Washington, DC, Nova works as a filmmaker, expedition documentarian and video engineer at Ocean Exploration Trust..."
"With this grant, Nova plans to complete an apprenticeship under the direct instruction of Duncan Brake, one of the greatest underwater camera operators in shark conservation..."
Secrets of the Whales Wins Emmy
Secrets of the Whales, a 4-part National Geographic and Disney series Nova worked on, won an Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series in the 2021 Emmy Awards.
A special issue of USA Today about National Geographic's Sharkfest, featuring Nova's photography on pages 14, 21, 25, 35, and 38.
"This summer's dive into the captivating science and stunning visuals of the ocean's top predator."
A radio interview on MUSE TV featuring Nova's photography for National Geographic's Shark Attack Files.
"MUSE TV recently talked with Marine Biologist Carlee Jackson on being a part of National Geographic’s SharkFest. Jackson will be a part of the show Shark Attack Files which premieres this Monday, July 12 at 9pm/8pm Central..."
A campaign celebrating Ocean Month and Pride by highlighting queer professionals who work in the ocean, featuring Nova as an underwater filmmaker.
"Growing up landlocked in the midwest, I've always had an instinctual curiosity for the ocean; although hundreds of miles away, it somehow felt like home. The ocean is a place where I feel most free and able to be my authentic self..."
Ofauna Brand Launch
A local rashguard brand featuring Nova as an ocean role model and clothing model
"Growing up in Minnesota, Nova has always had a love for water and an innate curiosity about the ocean. Currently Nova works as a freelance artist, camera operator, and photographer..."
Queering Professionalism: DC Perspectives
A podcast episode discussing professional dress, featuring a variety of queer professionals including Nova West
"This episode of our podcast features five DC-area queer professionals, and explores the relationship between queerness and professional dress..."
An article featuring an original mural created by Nova West
"With several Mount Vernon Triangle businesses sustaining significant damage in late May and early June, many of our property and business owners leveraged the healing power of art to transform negative symbols of blight into beautiful displays of inspiration and positivity..."
The Potomac River is dirty. These lowly little freshwater creatures could be what cleans it
A scientific dive conducted by Sam Peltz and Nova West
"The 2-year-old Lamp Mussels, a freshwater cousin of oysters, were recovered this week from a small demonstration project being conducted by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network at the National Harbor Marina in Prince George's County, Maryland. Divers checking the mussel project under the docks found conditions so polluted and murky they were nearly blinded while trying to recover samples. But in a little over an hour, the mussels brought to the surface significantly clarified an aquarium tank filled with dirty water that was placed on the dock..."