Roger Harris

Roger Harris is principal at Harris Social Media LLC. He recognizes that all communications have the potential to be social—a philosophy that he implements at all levels and stages of business communications.

Besides strategizing communications, Roger works for clients creating engaging content that gets results. He has developed online content including science lesson plans, interactive media, and educational animations for Discovery, Nature Education, EarthEcho and The Nature Conservancy, among others.

Roger is responsible for day-to-day operations for a conservation start-up, SavingSpecies, founded by Stuart Pimm a professor of conservation biology at Duke University.

In 2000, Roger created Jungle Photos, an educational website that "inspires conservation through education and inspiration". Roger regularly visits schools, museums, hospices and other venues to present slides and artifacts from his travels. Roger tirelessly advocates informal science education, engaging the public in science-related endeavors.He has led more than 50 natural history and photography tours around South America and Africa. His love of science and writing combines with his travel experience in the first travel guide to the Amazon region, today the leading guide to the area, and in its third edition.

He published Amazon Highlights, a second travel guide to the Amazon in February 2012.

Space nurtures intimacy with existence

Written by Roger Harris on Tuesday, 23 June 2009. Posted in Overview Effect, Space Tourism

Science today is catching up with ancient philosophers who recognized the interconnectedness of life. Scientists measure energy flow, nutrient cycles and population dynamics to see that changes in one aspect of an ecosystem ripple to affect other aspects. But in our civilized sheltered and frenetic lives, it is hard to see such connections. We drive a car. We drink bottled water. We enjoy our air-conditioned or heated rooms. To us these seem separate things.

But as we reach the edge of space, perceiving the shape of the earth and seeing it's varied hues and textures, forms and shapes, we see that all is connected. This is the gift of the Overview Effect. We return to our primordial roots. We sense the intricacies of nature's networks. Forests connect to deserts. Seas connect to mountains. Rivers connect to lakes. Cities connect to farmland. And in this connectivity we again experience intimacy. Intimacy with nature, intimacy with our fellow human beings, intimacy with ourselves and with existence itself.