Morgan Bennett-Smith is a field research scientist and photographer. Morgan developed an early interest in the ocean growing up in Penryn, California, a few hours from the rocky intertidal pools of the Monterey coast. After years of collecting critters from tide pools and from waterways at home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Morgan was inspired to continue his biological pursuits at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, where he earned a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. After working on research projects in the Occidental Marine Biology Lab and with the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA., he was awarded an Occidental College Richter Fellowship to study larval recruitment in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, before graduating Cum Laude and with departmental distinction for his thesis on invasive species transfer through the New Suez Canal.
Morgan recently completed his MSc degree at the Red Sea Research Center, in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. He focused on the ecology and biogeography of two-band anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) and host sea anemones in the Red Sea.
As a field research photographer, Morgan strives to bring scenes from his research to life. He specializes in photographing the natural world, preferably in or near oceans that do not require wetsuits. Morgan’s work has been licensed or featured by groups including Nature, the Ocean Conservancy, Frontiers in Marine Science, Netflix Chasing Coral, the Royal Society, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and others. Prints and finished wall art (canvas, acrylic, metal) can be purchased for most of the photographs in this website; contact Morgan directly for pricing and more details.