David Owen Brown works worldwide as a producer, videographer, photographer and lecturer specializing in marine and aquatic wildlife and issues. He holds degrees from Cornell University and the Brooks Institute of Photography. His work has aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic television. His award-winning photography has appeared in numerous exhibits and publications, including imagery for the Smithsonian's Ocean Planet and Ocean Hall, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Water display. He has authored a variety of articles, two children's books, and served as a consultant for National Geographic’s "The World's Wild Shores."
As a member of the Cousteau team, David participated in filming expeditions with the vessels Calypso and Alcyone for seven years, exploring above and below water environments from Papua New Guinea to Alaska. He also represented the Cousteau Society lecturing on ocean subjects to universities, trade associations and aboard cruise vessels around the world.
He left The Cousteau Society to begin Passage Productions, a documentary film company and stock house. He conceived and produced the first live underwater interactive broadcast from underwater onto the Internet in 1997, and has created cutting-edge interactive programming for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Sanctuary Program, GTE and a variety other clients.
David has documented Humpback whales and submarine lava flows off Hawaii, Great White Sharks and Leafy Sea Dragons off South Australia, Killer whales feeding on sharks off Papua New Guinea and Narwhals off Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. He filmed environmental events such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He also participated in and documened the discovery and partial recovery of the submarine INS Dakar subject of a National Geographic special that aired in 2002. He is expert at filming teams working at sea and in tight quarters without compromising the scientific and technical work being done.
Recent work includes Signals for Survival and Sea of Sound, educational DVDs intended for undergraduates and educators, and concept and filming for a NOAA sponsored museum exhibit tracing the path of water from inland to ocean called "Ocean Bound." David is currently working on a film about Maine’s rocky intertidal zone, and is in post-production on a film that will bring Cornell’s collection of Blaschka glass invertebrates to life. He has also conceived and executed a project called BASELINE, designed to integrate underwater video, audio and metadata to collect baseline data on changing aquatic and marine habitats.