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David W. Shaw is the Fairbanks, Alaska-based author of over 50 articles about natural history, science, and his other passion: the art of photography. Dave’s formal education in the sciences, both bachelor’s and masters degrees in wildlife biology, and his extensive experience guiding backcountry adventures, have led to a unique perspective on the natural world and the stories it holds.

During Alaska’s brief summers he guides wilderness trips for Arctic Wild ( He is a passionate conservationist, and a skilled naturalist, birder, and wilderness guide. As one client on a wilderness trip put it, “Dave is a big bear of a guide who inspires utter confidence.” Dave will take that as a compliment.

Check out his photography-specific site: Wild Imagination Photography for more photos and information about that side of his work.

Dave lives with his partner Amy, a dog, and a cat in a small off-grid cabin the boreal forest north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

If you’d like more information, have questions, or just want to say hello, feel free to use the contact form below.