Author Archives: Tim Laman

Ten Questions with Tim Laman

Here is a recent interview I did for a Singapore newspaper. Since I get many questions about my background and my photography, I thought I would share it here. Hope you enjoy it!

  1. What is your earliest memory of travelling? How did it inspire you?
My earliest memories of traveling are going by ship across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Japan with my family when I was 4 years old in 1965. My parents lived and worked in Japan when I was growing up, so we traveled a lot back and forth from Asia to the States and…

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Postcards from Borneo

The final installment of our summer “Postcards from Borneo” blog series on the Nataional Geographic PROOF Blog has just gone live.  Check it out HERE. In this post, my wife, orangutan researcher Cheryl Knott, wraps things up from her perspective.  It has been an amazing summer working in the field with my wife and her team of students and research assistants in Gunung Palung National Park, in Indonesian Borneo.  As we have for many years, we also took our kids Russell and Jessica with us and they had a great time at this unusual summer camp.  This year, National Geographic…

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Fieldwork with the Family

For many months of each year, I am in the field on my own.  But most summers in recent years, I have traveled with my wife Cheryl Knott, who is a Boston University professor and orangutan researcher, to her field site in Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo.  And we have also been taking our children with us.  This year I have been working on a new orangutan project for National Geographic, and NatGeo asked us to also cover the family angle.  So we have been writing a series of blog posts for their PROOF blog. See the latest post…

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National Geographic PROOF Blog

  This summer follow Tim’s adventures with his family in Borneo documenting orangutans for an assignment with National Geographic on their PROOF blog.  View his first post: Postcards From Borneo: A Family Adventure Begins Anew.

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Announcing New Orangutan Project

  An adult male Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) sits in the sleeping nest he has made in a small tree.   Currently, Tim is in the rainforest of Indonesia working on his orangutan project for the summer.  Part of the project is a new National Geographic story which he will document their behavior in several different populations around the country.  Check Instagram for pictures from Tim in the field.  @TimLaman    

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Birds of Paradise Move to Philly

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at sunrise. Tim’s exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution, is now open at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  The exhibit developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is open from May 3 to September 1, 2014.  Check out The Academy’s website to plan your visit.    

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