by Carsten Egevang
My field of expertise lie within the subjects biology, photography and the use of living resources in Greenland, and it is typically these issues I deal with in my lectures.
- accompanied by award-winning photos
Topics of talks
Over my 20 + years with field experience in the Greenland I have built up extensive first-hand knowledge about the country and its wildlife, landscapes and humans. In all the talks I share my fascination of the Arctic and try to communicate why I find Greenland to be the most interesting - for good or for worse - place on Earth. The topics listed below can be executed as individual talks or the topics can be combined into one talk.
Key presentations include:
In this talk I speak about my background as a photographer. I describe my transition from a researcher in Biology into becoming a photographer. I talk about how I changed from having classic wildlife photography as the main focus in my photography, into today where I mainly shoot traditional Greenlandic living and Man-Nature-relations.
Life at the Edge
This talk takes a starting point in my photo project Life at the Edge about the Scoresbysund area in East Greenland. Though my photography I try to communicate the beauty of the country and the everyday life of the inhabitants of the most isolated settlement in Greenland. I share my fascination for black and white photography and why I find B/W to be the best suitable media when documenting the hard life of the Greenland hunters in the spectacular, but harsh, Arctic environment.
The wildlife of Greenland
The talk deals with the animals and birds of Greenlandic - their distribution in the huge country, and not least their adaptations to a life in some of the harshest physical conditions in the world. The talk presents not only Greenland "icon" species such as polar bears, walrus and whales, but also the country's lesser known natural treasures visited by me and my camera through my career in Greenland.
The living resources of Greenland
The presentation talks about the economically and culturally important animal species in Greenland today and how these are managed. Subsistence hunting is still a key activity in Greenland and the very backbone of Inuit identity. The talk also touched upon the more controversial hunted species such as polar bears and whales, which has meant massive criticism from foreign environmental organizations in recent decades.
The birds of Greenland
The avian world of Greenland is poor in number of species and only about 60 species breed within the country. In return, you will find among the Greenland birds fascinating adaptations to the Arctic environment. Only two land birds, the raven and the ptarmigan, spend the winter in Greenland, whereas the rest in more or less leave the area. In turn, attracts the rich waters around Greenland seabirds from most of the northern hemisphere. The talk presents firsthand knowledge about the birds of Greenland from some of the most pristine areas of the country.
Seabird harvest in the North Atlantic
This talk deals with seabird ecology and subsistence harvesting in the North Atlantic zone. In Iceland, the Faroe Islands and in Greenland seabirds are still considered extremely cultural important and utilized in many different ways. But a rapidly changing climate and decreasing seabird populations is threatening the tradition of seabird harvesting. The presentation takes the audience to the steep cliffs of the Faroes gathering eggs, to the protected fjords of Iceland on the quest for valuable eider duck down and to the high-arctic bird colonies of Greenland to catch little auks.
Please contact me by mail (email@example.com) or phone (+45 20788099) to book a talk.