A Baum Foundation supported project and International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) program, named Coiba Bioblitz, was featured in GEO Magazine in the July 2016 issue. ILCP and wildlife photojournalists Christian Ziegler and Tom Laman canvased Isla Coiba and were featured in the story “Islands Beyond Time”. Photographs and reports from the field where species were being counted were contributed to the GEO magazine and shared with researchers worldwide.
Scientists located new, unknown species, and identified others that were not new but not known to be established in the region. Scientists also found invasive species. The Coiba Bioblitz was one of the largest and most expansive experiments at the time, conducted with scientists and photographers planning to work for one year.
Christian Ziegler is a photojournalist specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He’s a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine, for whom he has completed 9 feature stories since 2004 while widely published in other magazines like GEO, Smithsonian, and BBC Wildlife.
Tim Laman is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist. He credits his childhood in Japan, where he had ready access to the mountains and oceans, for his strong interest in exploring nature, both above and below water. Tim developed somewhat of a reputation for being able to come back with shots of nearly impossible subjects like gliding animals in Borneo, displaying Birds of Paradise, and some of the most critically endangered birds in the world such as the Nuku Hiva Pigeon, and the Visayan Wrinkled Hornbill of the Philippines. He continues to relish such challenges, and firmly believes that promoting awareness through photography can make a difference for conservation.