Field Biologist is the documentary film of 22-year-old Tyler Christensen, a talented but somewhat rudderless high school graduate from New Jersey still trying to figure out what to do with his life. Tyler's great love is being outside, chasing birds and studying wildlife. So one day he decides—brushing aside his lack of a college degree or scientific credentials—to drop everything and travel to Costa Rica to start doing his own conservation-oriented research on birds in the tropics. His adventure takes him from the cloud forests of Monteverde to the mangrove swamps of the Nicoya Peninsula, culminating in a plan to try to help save the highly endangered mangrove hummingbird.
A Q&A with director Jared Flesher will follow the film.
"Field Biologist takes your breath away. First the mindbogglingly beautiful nature shots inspire your awe, and then protagonist Tyler Christensen goes and steals your heart. A must-see for any nature lover."
—Rebeka Ryvola, Festival co-director, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
"Tyler Christensen is no science geek, and his fascination with our planet's natural wonders is infectious, accessible, and inspiring. What comes across is that exploring the natural world is not only fun, but that we can all play our part. This is an engaging and delightful film. I recommend it enthusiastically."
--Sir Peter Crane, Dean, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale