Welcome to NixonScan, the blog of Dr. J. Ashley Nixon, photographer, filmmaker, writer, and university teacher. Through my international career in sustainable development, I have been able to explore and experience life in many countries around the world and continue to work at better understanding and communicating on environmental and social issues.
I earned my Ph.D. in ecology by studying environmental changes associated with woodland restoration on the beautiful island of Rum in the Scottish Hebrides. Following a career managing sustainability and external relations in the energy industry, I teach writing about images (photography) and sustainability at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada. I am honoured to be a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.
I have co-authored a university textbook on environmental assessment and published a book on developing communities in Peru. My documentary film La Máscara y Más (The Mask and More) about the Huaconada dance performed in the Peruvian Andes and recognized by UNESCO for its intrinsic cultural value, was featured on national television in Peru. You can view this and my other films on my Vimeo site. My book about the Huaconada, Behind the Mask (Detrás de la Máscara) was published in 2020.
My other publications on rugby, female hockey, cosplayers and musicians can be viewed here.
Please visit my photography and filmmaking website at www.jashleynixon.com