Dr. Kelly Swing


Kelly Swing, originally from North Carolina, has lived in Ecuador since 1990. As an undergraduate, he studied Marine Biology and Chemistry. As a graduate student, he focused on vertebrate zoology, fish biology and aquatic ecology carrying out research primarily in the countries of Bolivia and Costa Rica. At the end of his doctoral program at LSU, he obtained a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and to investigate Amazonian fish fauna. Since 1994, he has been director of the Tiputini Biodiversity Station within the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve and has collaborated with many scientists from around the globe. In 1995, Dr. Swing started the Boston University Tropical Ecology Program for which he has now presented over 140 field courses that put international students in contact with some of the greatest natural areas of the planet. Kelly's writings have appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites, and scientific journals, including Science and Nature. He has served as a consultant on many documentaries aired on BBC Nature, Animal Planet, National Geographic Channel among others. Various interviews with Dr. Swing have been broadcast in the United States by NPR and NBC and globally by BBC and CNN. His photographs have been displayed in a dozen expositions in various venues in Ecuador; he has provided still images for CNN, various documentaries, technical websites, scientific journals and other outlets. He is co-author of "Yasuni, Tiputini and the Web of Life".

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