I have had the great fortune to meet some incredible people during the first year of my PhD, one of which I’m going to introduce you to here.
I met Rich during a field trip in Gansbaai, South Africa earlier this year. He was volunteering for International Marine Volunteers (http://www.marinevolunteers.com/) and was working on Marine Dynamic’s (www.sharkwatch.sa) award winning white shark ecotourism boat, Slashfin – the same boat that I am lucky enough to collect data from.
As a visiting researcher, I’m often asked to give talks about my work to the volunteers and actively engage them in the work where possible. Rich proved not only to be knowledgeable but also enthusiastic, attentive and responsible – everything that I could have wanted in a volunteer! Rich helped greatly with my laser photogrammetry work – using lasers to get accurate length measurements of the sharks (see previous blog post Sharks and Lasers).
Rich is currently assisting me with tracing shark dorsal fins into fin photo ID software DARWIN (see previous blog post How I Individually Identify White Sharks).
Not only is Rich a lovely guy, great volunteer and naturalist, he’s also an incredible artist. Here’s a short bio that he was kind enough to put together:
“My current body of work focuses on the mysticism of elusive characters, whether they be fauna or human. The visual nature of this imagery is borne from a vague notion of the finalized product, dictated primarily through a visceral translation of the medium at hand. My source material ranges from antiquated photographs to fragmented memories, while the process is informed by emotion and aesthetic dialect.
To see more of Rich’s diverse and brilliant art, go to http://richardwdolan.com/home.html
I am extremely grateful to Rich for all of his valuable assistance and glad to have made friends with such an all round great guy – a wonderful perk of travel, research and likemindedness. Thank you Rich!Back to all News