Photo: Mark Larson

Photo: Mark Larson

Dan Mele received a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from University of Tampa in 2009. After graduating, he converted a 1991 Dodge Ram diesel truck to run off waste vegetable oil and traveled the continental United States and portions of Canada for 5 months to explore the various landscapes, and cultures North America has to offer. Upon completion of this trip, Dan earned a certificate of major in Biology from University of North Carolina Asheville in 2015. 
        
While working on his Biology degree, he began combining his passion for photography and film with his knowledge of the natural world. His focus in wildlife photography began with exploring the tiny and diverse world of insects through macro photography, but now has a broader scope of subjects including landscape, and underwater photography. 

Dan believes nature photography is an important tool for science communication, and bringing awareness to conservation issues. Currently Dan is working at the Mote Marine Laboratory in the Florida Keys on their coral reef restoration project.