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Faculty Extracurriculars: The Wildlife Photographer

December 11, 2013 — Contrary to popular belief, faculty do not evaporate outside the walls of the classroom. Drexel Prof Christian Hunold shares the extracurricular exploits that keeps him connected and inspired—in and outside of the classroom.

Cedar Waxwing, copyright Christian Hunold, PhD

Cedar Waxwing, by Christian Hunold, PhD

Christian Hunold, PhD


Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD in Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Research: Environmental politics, social movements, urban food policy
Started photographing wildlife: 2007

Why did you start? Two reasons, I think. First, having turned 40, my amateur road-cycling career was drawing to a close and I was looking for something else to do in my spare time. Second, I love hunting, but hunting seasons are short and they also tend to conflict with the busiest times of the academic year. Picking up a camera offered a way to extend the hunting season, as it were. For most hunters I know, getting out into the woods and being with animals in their natural habitat is a big part of the draw. And hunting and wildlife photography draw on pretty much the same field skills: stalking game, waiting patiently, tolerating very cold or very hot weather, understanding and responding appropriately to an animal’s behavior, and so on. Even the verb “to shoot” is the same.

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