Director, Program Development
Doug is an accomplished writer, ecologist, internationally recognized naturalist, expedition leader, lecturer, award-winning filmmaker, photo-journalist and above all, a man at peace with the planet – dedicated to keeping our Earth the best it can be. Doug’s refreshing viewpoint and inspiring lectures are welcomed time and again by universities, corporations, world-class resorts and retreats.
Doug has organized and led over one hundred long-range natural history expeditions, from Mexico to New Zealand, hosting some of the world’s most influential leaders and decision makers. As a marine naturalist, he has enjoyed worldwide credibility as a leader in experiential research with whales, dolphins, and other marine life.
Doug has developed hundreds of hours of natural history programming with national award-winning producers and celebrities including Shari Lewis and the National Emmy-winning James Deckard.
In addition to his profound understanding of our place on this planet and a deep, rich history of our connection to the sea, Doug brings to SummerTree a strong history of project and production management. His ability to imagine, manage and inspire drives virtually every effort at the Institute.
“ … a wealth of experience and knowledge.”
The Cousteau Society
“ … environmentalist extraordinaire.”
The Los Angeles Times
“ … exceptionally knowledgeable and motivating speaker.”
Director of Research Sponsored Projects
California State University at Los Angeles
“ … Doug Thompson not only has superb documentary footage of wildlife, but he also provides outstanding narration.”
Point Reyes National Seashore Park, CA
“ … Ecologist Supreme, credentialed naturalist, writer, award-winning documentary film-maker, photojournalist, lecturer, hot storyteller…above all, a man at peace with the planet.”
The Orange County Register