USA | 2015 | Jared Flesher | 53 minutes
Field Biologist is the uncensored story of 22-year-old Tyler Christensen, a talented but underemployed 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 despite his lack of a college degree or scientific credentials, he drops everything and travels to Costa Rica to to help save a highly endangered hummingbird.
The film presents the major challenges facing biodiversity on Earth – climate change and habitat destruction chief among them – while also raising some fundamental questions: What makes someone a scientist? How important is a formal education? What risks are worth taking? What should you do with your life?