Before becoming a filmmaker Stephani Gordon spent twelve years as a marine field biologist, most of it at sea or on remote islands- an ideal training ground for the challenges of documentaries. She has filmed for PBS, National Geographic, NOAA, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other organizations. Her films take viewers into the heart of wild and remote places and share the experience of working as a field researcher in these intact ecosystems. She has a Masters of Biology from Humboldt State University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Science and Natural History Program at Montana State University. Stephani lives in Portland, Oregon, where she runs Open Boat Films.