An Interview with Stony Brook's Naturalist
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Christopher Paparo has been exploring the wilds of Long Island’s marine estuaries for over 30 years, and in this episode of "Beyond the Expected," guest host Alan Inkles speaks with Chris as he shares his experiences snapping fascinating images of marine wildlife, as a naturalist and as the manager and public outreach coordinator for the Stony Brook Southampton Marine Science Center. Chris maintains the Center’s computerized, 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor seawater lab that contains three different seawater scenarios. He also actively assists graduate students and research faculty with their research projects.

Stony Brook’s public outreach programs are vital to spreading the word about the important research taking place at SoMAS, and fostering interest in the next generation of marine biologists. As the Center’s naturalist, Chris gives tours of Shinnecock Bay to members of the community -- from elementary school children to adults.

Born and raised on Long Island, Chris has been exploring the wilds of the island for over 30 years. He started the wildlife photography website, “Fish Guy Photos” (Instagram: #FishGuyPhotos) and is an award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the New York State Outdoor Writers Association. Heis a freelance writer for several fishing and wildlife related publications, and although his work tends to focus on marine life, Chris says, “everything in the natural world is fair game.”

Production Credits

Guest Host: Alan Inkles, Director of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University
Producer: Lauren Sheprow
Art Director: Karen Leibowitz
Assistant Producer: Joan Behan-Duncan
Podcast Director and Chief Editor: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman
Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere
Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio
Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald
Camera: Brian DiLeo Camera: Greg Klose
Original score: “Mutti Bug” provided by Professor Tom Manuel
Special thanks to the Stony Brook University School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio.

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