Jonathan Bird
Curriculum Vitae

Education

M.S. Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Professional Experience

1993 - Professional underwater photographer/cinematographer, President, Oceanic Research Group, Inc.

2007- Host and Director of public television program Jonathan Bird's Blue World

1997-2002 Adjunct professor, Broadcasting Department, New England Institute of Art and Communications

1996-1999 Freelance Television Producer, Chronicle, WCVB-TV Boston

1992-1995 - Host, Co-producer, The World Beneath The Sea, Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET), Cambridge, MA.

Awards

•2013 Nominee, National Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Format Daytime Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Aquarius Reef Base" www.blueworldTV.com.

•2012 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Children/Youth Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Sully The Pilot Whale/Yucatan Sinkhole" WGBH Boston.

•2012 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Magazine Feature/Segment, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Jake Learns to Dive" WGBH Boston.

•2012 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Editor-Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, WGBH Boston.

•2011 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Children/Youth Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Antarctica" WGBH Boston.

•2011 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Magazine Feature/Segment, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Lobsters" WGBH Boston.

•2011 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding On-camera Talent/Host, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, WGBH Boston.

•2010 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Magazine Feature/Segment, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Aquarist For a Day" WGBH Boston.

•2009 BLUE Ocean Film Festival Honorable Mention Broadcast Program or Series (Jonathan Bird's Blue World)

•2009 International Wildlife Film Festival, Honorable Mention for Cinematography (Jonathan Bird's Blue World)

•2008 Inducted into the Wyland Ocean Artists Society

•2008 Winner, Best Documentary, Very Short Movies Film Festival, for Sharks: Predators With A Purpose.

•2002 CINE Golden Eagle Award (Jonathan Bird's Blue World)

•2000 Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

•1997 CINE Golden Eagle Award (Coral Reefs: Rainforests of the Seas, Educational film distributed by The Video Project, Ben Lomond, CA.)

•1996 New England Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Cinematography for Summer of the Shark, Chronicle, WCVB-TV Boston

•1995 New England Emmy Award, for Underwater New England Chronicle, WCVB-TV Boston

•1996 CINDY Gold Award (Beneath The Caribbean Educational, AIMS Media)

•Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival (Adaptations for Survival in the Sea, Discovery Education)

•1997 CINDY Bronze (Adaptations for Survival in the Sea, Educational film, Discovery Education)

•1996 Kids First! Award (The Coral Reef: A Living Wonder Educational film, Discovery Education)

•1996 National Educational Media Network Bronze Apple Award (Adaptations for Survival in the Sea, Educational film, Discovery Education)

•1995 CINDY Bronze and Special Achievement in Cinematography (Seals and How They Live), Educational film distributed by Discovery Education.

 

Books and Major Publications

Creatures of the Deep Blue, 2008, Evans Mitchell Publishing, 132 page hard cover full color coffee-table book about Jonathan's adventures with big animals.

Wildlife Monographs - Dolphins, 2006 Evans Mitchell Publishing, 96 page soft cover full color book about the world of dolphins.

Wildlife Monographs - Sharks, 2005 Evans Mitchell Publishing, 96 page soft cover full color book about the world of sharks and rays.

Dominica: Land of Water, 2004, Jonathan Bird Photography, 96 page soft cover, full color photography book about the island of Dominica in the Caribbean.

Shadows and Light, 2003, Jonathan Bird Photography, 80 page soft cover black & white underwater photography book.

Killers of the Seas, 2003, by Edward Ricciuti, Photography by Jonathan Bird, published by Globe-Pequot Press, 272 pp.

Adventures with Sharks, 2003, Best Publishing, 144 pages, hard cover, full-color book about my work with sharks around the world.

Beneath The North Atlantic , 1996, Tide Mark Press, Ltd., Hartford, CT (coffee-table book) 130 full color images and 75,000 words of text. Subjects: marine biology, underwater photography, North Atlantic diving adventure. 160 pages.

Articles and/or images published in dozens of magazines including National Geographic, National Geographic World, National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, International Wildlife, Caribbean Travel and Life, Ranger Rick, etc as well as every U.S. dive magazine, and many foreign magazines. Images published in dozens of books and calendars.

 

Film Production Credits - FEATURE

Secrets of the Reef, (2008) Producer, Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Underwater Cinematographer, editor. An independently-produced feature-length film about life on a coral reef filmed in high definition. International distribution by Optimum Television.

 

Film Production Credits - TELEVISION

1. Jonathan Bird's Blue World (Season 3 - 2010-2011) Producer, Director, co-writer, Director of Photography, Host. Educational adventure series about the ocean airing on public television, USA. International distribution by Optimum Television

2. Jonathan Bird's Blue World (Season 2 - 2008-2009) Producer, Director, co-writer, Director of Photography, Host. Educational adventure series about the ocean airing on public television, USA. International distribution by Optimum Television

3. Nat Geo's Most Amazing Photos: Artificial Reefs (2009) Director of Photography, Field Producer. Half-hour film featuring David Doubilet for National Geographic Television. Airing on the National Geographic Channel worldwide 2010-2013.

4. Jonathan Bird's Blue World (Season 1 - 2007-2008) Producer, Director, co-writer, Director of Photography, Host. Educational adventure series about the ocean airing on public television, USA. International distribution by Optimum Television

5. Sharks: Masters of Survival, (2006) Producer, writer, Director of Photography, Underwater Cinematographer, editor. A one hour documentary about sharks for international distribution. Distributed by Optimum Television

6. Sharks: Deep Trouble, (2005) Producer, Director of Photography, Underwater Cinematographer, Editor. A one hour documentary about pelagic sharks. Client: National Geographic Channel International.

7. The Silent Wrecks, (2003) Executive Producer, Director of Photography, Underwater Cinematographer. A one hour documentary about the battle of Kwajalein Atoll in World War Two and the wrecks which now remain. Distributed by Janson Media.

8. Endangered Mermaids, (2000) Director of Photography, Underwater Cinematographer, Co-Producer. A one hour documentary about Florida manatees for international broadcast. Distributed by Janson Media (home video) and TVFilmBiz International (broadcast).

9. Grand Manan Island, Producer, Photographer, Underwater photographer; television episode of "Chronicle"series, WCVB-TV Boston (ABC affiliate), 1999.

10. Sea Creatures, (1998) Principal cinematographer, co-Producer, Editor. Ten part series of "shorts" about marine life, for the international broadcast market. Produced in association with Unapix International/Miramar Pictures. Currently distributed by TVFilmBiz.

11. Beneath the North Atlantic, (1998) Principal cinematographer, co-producer, co-writer. An hour-length documentary about North Atlantic marine life, for the U.S. and international broadcast market. Currently airing in over 20 countries. Distributed by Janson Media (domestic) and TVFilmBiz (International).

12. Wilma the Whale, Underwater cinematographer; television episode of "Chronicle" series, WCVB-TV Boston (ABC affiliate), 1997.

13. Sharks: The Real Story, Executive Producer, Cinematographer; Editor; Sound Design; television film, Distributed by Unapix International (international market), 1996. Aired on PBS in 1996/1997 and on USA Network 1998/99 as "Sharks: Search For A Feeding Frenzy." Distributed by TVFilmBiz.

14. Swimming with Sharks, Underwater Cinematographer; television episode of "Chronicle," WCVB-TV Boston (ABC affiliate), 1996.

15. Underwater New England, Co-producer, Cinematographer; television episode of "Chronicle," WCVB-TV Boston (ABC affiliate), 1995.

 

Film Production Credits - EDUCATION

1. Sharks: Predators with a Purpose, (2007) Producer, Director, DP, writer, editor. An educational film about protecting sharks, produced exclusively for internet distribution on the Oceanic Research Group website. Release date: 11/11/07.

2. Plankton: Ocean Drifters, (1999) Principal cinematographer, Producer, Writer. Educational film (ages 13-adult), Distributed by Discovery Education.

3. The Coral Reef: Rainforests of the Sea, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film (ages 13-adult), Distributed by The Video Project, Ben Lomond, CA, 1996. Produced under a grant from The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation and The Schneider Fund of The Tides Foundation.

4. The Amazing Coral Reef, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film, aired on Canadian Public Television. Distributed by The Video Project, Ben Lomond, CA, 1996. Produced under a grant from The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation and The Schneider Fund of The Tides Foundation.

5. Adaptations for Survival in the Sea, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed by Discovery Education, 1996.

6. Beneath The Caribbean, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed by Discovery Education, 1995

7. Dolphins and How They Live, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed by Discovery Education, 1995

8. The Coral Reef: A Living Wonder, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed byDiscovery Education, 1995.

9. Beneath The South Pacific, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed by Discovery Education, 1995.

10. Sharks and How They Live, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed byDiscovery Education, 1994.

11. Manatees and How They Live, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed by Discovery Education, 1994.

12. Seals and How They Live, Producer, Cinematographer, Writer; educational film distributed by Discovery Education, 1993.

13. Beneath the North Atlantic, (educational version) Producer, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor; educational film distributed by Discovery Education, 1992.

 

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