Charles Post (ecologist)

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Charles Post
Charles Gifford Post

(1988-07-28)July 28, 1988
San Francisco, California
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Occupation(s)Filmmaker, photographer, ecologist
OrganizationThe Nature Project
Known forfilms, environmental activity, photography
SpouseRachel Pohl

Charles G. Post is an American ecologist, documentary filmmaker, photographer[1][2][3] and podcaster.[4][5][6][7] He is best known for his photography work and as producer and film director of Sky Migrations,[8][9] Return of the Desert Bighorn and Golden.[10] His photography and writing work have appeared on National Geographic, Outside, Yeti and Sierra Magazine.[10][11] Post is co-founder and Vice President of The Nature Project (501c3), a non-profit organization with the focus on helping underserved youth.[11][12]


Charles Post was born and brought up in San Francisco Bay Area, Marin County, California.[13] Post entered the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor's degree in food web ecology.[7][14] Continuing his studies at U.C. Berkeley, he received his Master of Science degree in 2015 with his main focus being on Integrative Biology.[15] Charles Post is married to Rachel Pohl,[16][17] a nature visual artist and mountaineer,[18] who is also on the Matador 2022 Travel Awards Panel.[19]

Environmental projects and editorial work[edit]

During his graduate school tenure at U.C. Berkeley's College of Letters and Sciences, Charles began working on research projects at the Angelo Coast Range Reserve under the mentorship of renowned ecologist Dr. Mary Eleanor Power.[20][21] Charles has contributed and published his photography and editorial work in publications like Outside Magazine, Sierra Magazine, Yeti and National Geographic. Between 2017 and 2020, he was an editor at Modern Huntsman.[22] In 2016, Charles Post co-founded The Nature Project, a non-profit that organizes outdoor trips for under-served youth together with ecologists, environmental activists and renowned sportspeople.[23][24] Post is a National Fellow at The Explorers Club.[10][11][25]


Shortly after graduation, Charles received the Huckberry Explorer's Grant and gained photography experience during his Alaska trip with Chris Burkard.[26][27] Since then, Charles Post has directed and produced a number of short films about relationship between human society and rapidly changing natural environments. His films range from his first production role as associate producer of Island Earth (2016), directed by Emmy Award Winning filmmaker, Cyrus Sutton, and Sky Migrations (2017),[28][29] the first film Charles co-directed, which was a finalist at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.[4] Sky Migrations was also invited to join additional United States tours as part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, which screened his film across 42 cities, nationwide.[30][10] His most recent film, Golden (2020), explores the journey of a young raptor ecologist who chases her dream to pursue a career studying eagles in the American West.

Radio and Podcasts[edit]

Post is a frequent guest on many podcasts related to the environment, ecology, adventure and hunting. He has been on numerous shows including MeatEater Network podcasts, Ari in the Air, Finisterre, Journal of Mountain Hunting, Mountain & Prairie Podcast, The Kyle Thiermann Show, Into the Wilderness and The Rich Outdoors.[31][32][33][34][35]

Post also took part in the MeatEater's Network podcasts on The Hunting Collective podcast with Ben O'Brien in four Episodes,[36] and Mark Kenyon's Wired to Hunt podcast in Episode 217.[37] In Episode 38, they discussed ecology and hunting, and how the two themes interconnect, specifically covering the highly contested topic of grizzly bear management in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.[38]


Year Title Credit Notes
2020 Golden Director/Producer Documentary short
2019 Horse Rich & Dirt Poor Co-director Documentary short (Co-directed with Ben Masters)[39]
2019 Return of the Desert Bighorn Co-director Documentary short
(Co-directed by Ben Masters and Charles Post; University of Idaho Fish and Wildlife Film Festival, Winner, 2019)[40]
2017 Sky Migrations Co-director Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival (Special Jury Prize)
Banff Mountain Film Festival (finalist) (Co-directed with Max Lowe)[41][4]
2016 Island Earth Associate producer Documentary[42]


  1. ^ "6 Photos By Charles Post That Define American". Ranch Lands.
  2. ^ "Here's What Happened When We Sent Two Lucky Adventurers off to Explore Norway's Lofoten Islands". Popular Mechanics. September 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Post, Charles (November 2, 2018). "Texas Bighorns Are Coming Back—Charles Post's Stunning Photos Show How". Adventure Journal.
  4. ^ a b c "Spotlighting Charles Post's Banff Finalist Film: 'Sky Migrations'". Marmoset.
  5. ^ Nathan, Emily (2019). My Tiny Atlas: Our World Through Your Eyes. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-0-399-58227-1.
  6. ^ Staff, Hipcamp (October 15, 2016). "Hipcampout Summer Series: Ecology with Charles Post". Hipcamp Journal – Stories for Campers and our Hosts.
  7. ^ a b "Charles Post – Stewardship, Science & Storytelling • Mountain & Prairie". November 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sky Migrations Ellen Bozeman Raptor Fest – Oct 4–6, 2019". October 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sky Migrations". Mountainfilm. May 6, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d "Charles Post". Mountainfilm. March 28, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "Salmon, science and storytelling: A conversation with ecologist and filmmaker Charles Post". The Flyfish Journal. September 14, 2020.
  12. ^ "Meet the New Generation of Modern-Day Explorers". Outside Magazine. May 2021.
  13. ^ Barronian, Abbie (January 13, 2017). "Instagram's Favorite Ecologist: A Conversation with Charles Post". Adventure Journal.
  14. ^ "Charles Post". DCEFF.
  15. ^ "Welcome to the Power Lab".
  16. ^ Helledal, Eline (August 7, 2019). "– We want to act because we must. There is no other option. The time is now".
  17. ^ "Meet The Power Couples of the Outdoor Industry | Elevation Outdoors Magazine". February 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "This Woman Makes a Living As an Adventure Artist". Shape.
  19. ^ "Rachel Pohl". Matador Network.
  20. ^ "Research Projects | Angelo Coast Range Reserve".
  21. ^ "Facebook Live Interview with Ecologist Charles Post". UC Davis Campus Recreation. May 18, 2020.
  22. ^ Seder, Veronica (September 20, 2018). "The Hunt for Common Ground". Huckberry.
  23. ^ "About the organization". The Nature Project.
  24. ^ "Episode 33: Charles Post – Changing Minds". Balanced Pursuits Podcast. July 19, 2020.
  25. ^ "An ecologist reveals how to align passion with purpose to create a fulfilling life". Insider.
  26. ^ Staff, Huckberry (August 23, 2016). "5 Things: Charles Post". Huckberry.
  27. ^ Burkard, Chris (September 6, 2017). "[Interview Feature] Charles Post and the Meaning of Wilderness » Whalebone". Whalebone.
  28. ^ "Short Film: Sky Migrations / It's Just Movies".
  29. ^ "Ecosystems at heart of 'Sky Migrations' | Scotchman Peaks Wilderness". January 28, 2020.
  30. ^ "Hawkwatch International – Sky Migrations Joins MountainFilm World Tour".
  31. ^ "EP 404: James Nash and Charles Post". Rich Outdoors. November 21, 2019.
  32. ^ "Charles Post – Ecology and Climate Amidst Coronavirus". Ari in the Air.
  33. ^ "Episode 113: Inside Modern Huntsman". Journal of Mountain Hunting. September 14, 2018.
  34. ^ "#58 Bow Hunters/Filmmakers – Charles Post & Adam Foss". The Kyle Thiermann Show.
  35. ^ "Podcasts". Charles Post.
  36. ^ Qualtieri, Nicole (July 13, 2018). "The Best Hunting Podcasts for the Offseason". Gear Junkie.
  37. ^ "EP. 217: How We Talk About Hunting With Modern Huntsman". Wired To Hunt.
  38. ^ "EP. 38: Charles Post". The Hunting Collective.
  39. ^ "Horse Rich & Dirt Poor | THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY". March 20, 2019.
  40. ^ "Fish and Wildlife Film Festival".
  41. ^ " – 41st Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced".
  42. ^ "Island Earth Trailer". October 10, 2016.

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