Ret Talbot is an award-winning writer and photojournalist with over two decades of experience covering stories from some of the more remote corners of the globe. From the icy summits of the Andes to the reefs of Papua New Guinea, his assignments have taken him off the beaten track and put his readers face-to-face with stories of adventure, new ideas and innovative approaches to commonplace and not-so-commonplace issues.
A graduate of the writing programs at both Wheaton College (MA) and the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), Talbot launched his career balancing work as a mountaineering and fly-fishing guide, freelance writer and English teacher. His articles appeared in publications such as Outdoor Sports, Rock & Ice, Fly Fisherman, Shallow Water Angler, and American Whitewater. While not in a river, on a glacier or at the head of a classroom, Talbot traveled extensively lecturing on his own expeditions to places like North Africa, Alaska, Norway, Ecuador, and Peru.
Since 2007, Talbot has worked as a fulltime freelance writer and photographer, penning stories for magazines and working on book-length projects. His most recent work has focused on marine ecosystems and the myriad interactions between humans and those ecosystems. From the artisanal fisheries of the developing island nations of the Pacific to the heavily politicized commercial fisheries of Hawaii and the Gulf of Maine, Talbot has spent much of the last few years interviewing fishers, fisheries managers, politicians, scientists, environmentalists, and other stakeholders about fisheries issues at the intersection of sustainablity and science.
In addition to his science writing and other reporting, Talbot recently finished a screenplay titled Bayonets and Blood with co-writer David Milton. It is the story of Wolf Kupinsky, a young Jew who leaves New York City to fight in the Spanish Civil War. While fighting fascism in Spain, Wolf ends up saving the life of author George Orwell (Animal Farm, 1984)and informing the politics of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers. The screenplay, which is based on a true story, earned early critical praise when the first third was selected for publication in the Hummingbird Review.
Talbot's recent work reporting on marine aquarium fisheries have earned him praise as a data-centered voice of reason, as well as a hard-hitting investigative journalist. His articles on the subject can be found in a variety of trade publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay and Coral Magazine. His aquarium-related books include Banggai Cardinalfish (September 2013). He was a senior editor at Coral Magazine, where he worked on a multi-year series of articles focused on sustainability and marine aquarium fisheries. Reporting from places as disparate as remote island nations across the Indo-Pacific and the massive import and wholesale facilities at Los Angeles International Airport, Talbot's series of articles in Coral have established the marine aquarium fishery as a microcosm for the complexities of international trade, socio-economic development and environmental conservation.
Ret and his wife Karen, an artist and scientific illustrator known for her fish paintings, live on the coast of Maine. They frequently collaborate on projects and love to invite guests into their home-based gallery and studio in Rockland, Maine.