Love of nature and beautiful places transcends the divisions that human society has established for itself. Experiencing nature, where fear is replaced by respect and courage, makes us all stronger and wiser. If my images reinforce our respect for nature, then my goal has been met.


MacKerrow is a full-time wildlife and nature photographer and teacher of photography.  His images have been published internationally, including magazine covers, winning first-place awards in prestigious photo contests.  He has a PhD in Optics and has published multiple research papers on light.  He has also published research on raptors, and conducts official scientific surveys of wildlife.  In addition to his science education, Ed also has formal training in landscape painting (pastel and watercolor).

MacKerrow retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2014 where he was the Director of the Center for the Scientific Analysis of Emerging Threats. His main area of expertise was developing models for anticipating political violence. At the New Mexico Consortium MacKerrow and his colleagues researched indicators and temporal signatures of potential political violence in social media and conventional news media data.

Earlier he was the Vice President of Science for the BiosGroup where he developed agent-based simulations of human behavior in organizations and consumer markets. Ed also developed models diffusion of attitudes in social media for marketing.

He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics and was the President of the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, a scientific advisor for computational social science for the USG/IC, DoD, and NSF, and part-time Computer Science faculty for the University of New Mexico.


  • GROUP SHOW: "Nuance", CANYON Fine Art, October 13, 2017

  • SOLO SHOW: "Salmon Seekers: Coastal Bears of Alaska", The National Audubon Society, Ventura, California. October 13, 2015. Multimedia photography on the coastal bears of Alaska.

  • Stone Age Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2015-2016

  • SOLO SHOW, "Raptors of the Sky Island Ranges", The National Audubon Society, Paciific Grove, California. October 8, 2014. Multimedia photography on raptors in the “Sky Island Ranges” of the Southwest USA.

  • Invited photography show, "Raptors of the Sky Island Ranges", The National Audubon Society, Conjeo Valley, California. October 7, 2014. Presentation on the raptors of the “Sky Island” ranges in the Southwest USA.

  • Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Gallery, 2012-2014. Award winning photography display in visitor center gallery.

Nature can teach us a lot if we are brave enough to experience and learn from it. I believe that getting outside and experiencing nature educates us in important ways that we are not exposed to in conventional education. When I observe wildlife out in nature I am continually amazed at their intelligence and the emotions they display. I try to capture these emotions in my images so that others can experience just how amazing nature is.

I believe the more we are aware of nature, the more we will respect it, and this in turn will benefit all beings. Everything is connected!

The reason I pursue nature photography is to propagate awareness.
Kayaking the midnight sun on a 100+ mile wilderness photography journey in the Alaska Peninsula.

Kayaking the midnight sun on a 100+ mile wilderness photography journey in the Alaska Peninsula.