Blue Chalk Welcomes Natalie Taylor

We are thrilled to welcome Natalie Taylor to Blue Chalk as our summer 2014 production intern.

Natalie Taylor is a videographer and producer currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she is working on her M.A. in Visual Communication at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Before embarking on a career in visual science communication, she studied Zoology at N.C. State University and worked for five years in a microbiology lab at Duke University helping to develop a combined vaccine for tuberculosis and HIV.

At UNC, she has contributed to two award-winning projects, Living Galapagos and Powering a Nation: Over Water Under Fire. She is also a leader with Scientists with Stories, a science communication program that seeks to innovate graduate science education through narrative-based multimedia training opportunities, compelling science outreach and interdisciplinary research.

Natalie is currently working on her master's thesis, which will portray how a collaboration between commercial fishermen and marine scientists could benefit the culture, economy and environment in coastal North Carolina.

Want to learn more about Natalie? Head over to her website.

Photo (above): David "Clammerhead" Cessna, 53, grasps the edge of his clamming tub while "stomping" for clams in Middlemarsh, an estuary just off the coast of Beaufort, N.C. in August of 2013. Cessna is a commercial fisherman who gathers wild clams and oysters in the marshes that adorn the coast. His livelihood is threatened by coastal development, market forces, pollution and natural shellfish predators. Photo by Natalie Taylor.