AUSTIN SCHUVER is an award-winning photographer, researcher, and activist. He has worked with conservation nonprofits for 10 years including one he founded in his hometown in Washington. His creative work chronicles natural history and examines human ecology—our relationships with nature.

Austin recently completed a master’s degree in resource conservation at the University of Montana. He focused on rural climate change adaptation and the nexus of food, energy, and water systems.

He studied writing, natural sciences, and conservation at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, next door to Acadia National Park. In Maine, he worked in College of the Atlantic’s Writing Center, tested water quality in remote lakes, researched birds on an offshore island, and led community engagement for a nonprofit land trust.

His stories and photographs have been published in Parks Stewardship Forum, Montana Drought & Climate, Maine Today, Ellsworth AmericanMount Desert Islander, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, New Day Northwest and the newsletters and online media of numerous nonprofit organizations.

Austin grew up in Enumclaw, Washington, and enjoys spending time with family in Oregon. His hobbies include baking sourdough, birding, running, and any racket or lawn sport ever created.

Awards, Exhibitions, & Presentations


  • Research: University of Montana BRIDGES fellow
  • Research: Natural Resources Social Science Apprentice, Sierra Institute
  • Photography: Choco-Latte Cafe, Bar Harbor, ME (Solo)
  • Teaching: “Woods and Waters of Lamoine” Audubon Guided Group Tour
  • Photography: Exploration Center at Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Hancock, ME
  • Research: Maine Space Grant “Surveying Breeding Passerines of Great Duck Island”


  • Teaching: Human Ecology Forum Lecture, “Creating Positive Environmental Change,” College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Research: Hartzog-Kauffman Endowment Award
  • Photography: Dorr Museum of Natural History, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Washington State Honors Award
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Photography: “Shared Experiences” City Hall Gallery, Enumclaw, WA (Solo)
  • Photography: Spectrum Creative Alliance Gallery, Enumclaw, WA
  • Photography: Arts Alive! Gallery, Enumclaw, WA
  • Photography: Washington State Fair, Puyallup, WA
  • The Gloria Barron Prize Finalist
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Bronze Award

Freelance photography, writing, design, and guiding