Krista Schlyer is an award-winning photographer and writer focusing on conservation, biodiversity and public lands. She has worked throughout North America, from the arid borderlands of the American West and fire-forests of the Southeast, to the urban rivers of Washington DC. Schlyer is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and winner of the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, National Outdoor Book Award, and Vision Award from the North American Nature Photographers Association.

Contact Krista: kris_schly@yahoo.com or use the form at the bottom of this page.

Search Krista’s image database with the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Intro photo: Nathan Dappen

The Borderlands Project


Since obtaining a master’s degree in journalism in 1997, Schlyer has been contributing stories and photography to magazinesbooks and websites, including BBC, National Parks, Defenders, High Country News, Audubon, and The Nature Conservancy. Her stories and other publications have focused on wildlife like the desert tortoise, bison, prairie dog, and larger environmental issues including global warming, wildlife migration corridors and urban waterways.

Over the past 10 years, Schlyer’s work has focused heavily on documenting the US-Mexico borderlands and the changes brought about by US border and immigration policy. This project has included leading a 17-member expedition along the entire 2,000-mile border with fellow photographers in the International League of Conservation Photographers. Schlyer curated a traveling exhibit from that expedition that has shown throughout the United States, including shows in the US House and Senate.This project included a book about the borderlands titled Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, which has received national recognition, including the National Outdoor Book Award for 2013 and the “Best of the Best” of university presses honor from the American Library Association.

Schlyer is the author of two other books, including Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks and Nonsense, and River of Redemption: Almanac of Life on the Anacostia, winner of the 2019 National Outdoor Book Award.


NANPA Vision Award, 2015

Sierra Club Ansel Adams Conservation Photography Award, 2014

National Outdoor Book Award

American Library Association “Best of the Best”

New Mexico Book Award

Eric Hoffer Award

Southwest Book of the Year


Review of Continental Divide in High Country News

Review of Continental Divide in Outdoor Photographer

Review of Continental Divide in the Tucson Weekly

Recommendation of Continental Divide by the Texas Observer

Review of Continental Divide by the Society of Environmental Journalists

Review of Continental Divide by WildPlanet

Recommendation by Get Out Chattanooga

Television news story on Americas Now

Included in 7 Books all Outdoor Photographers Should Read

Recent Publications/Interviews

Story in Defenders magazine about US-Mexico border wall

Photos for National Wildlife magazine story about US-Mexico border wall

Photo essay in National Wildlife magazine about pitcher plants

Story in Orion about US-Mexico border wall

Photos for National Wildlife magazine story about Anacostia River

Profile of Krista on National Geographic website

Interview with Krista on NPR’s The 1a

Interview with Krista in Orion

Interview with Krista on The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Slideshow of Krista’s work on BBC

Interview with Krista on GreenSense

Sierra Club Profile

South Bend Public Television “Ask an Expert” appearance

Interview with Lana Straub on Texas Public Radio

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16 Comments on “About

  1. Pingback: “Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall” – a short review and an interview with Krista Schlyer | Biocentered

  2. I love your work and am so grateful that you are increasing awareness of the disastrous effects on wildlife that the Border Wall has caused. Thank you.

    • Thank you very much Cristina, I really appreciate that!

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  4. Fantastic presentation, Krista. Thank you for bringing your work to Salt Lake City and the Stegner Center.

  5. Hi Krista: Looking forward to reading your most recent book. I knew Ansel Adams and his relationship with the Sierra Club was part of my dissertation. He’d be proud to know you have won an award bearing his name. Your work is exceptional.

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  8. Excellent job on 1-A, Krista. Thanks for your continued fight against the wall. We are convinced that truth and justice will ultimately prevail.

  9. Pingback: Continental Divide: Photo Exhibit Explores Border Wall’s Impact on Wildlife | YubaNet

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  11. Just thinking about you the other day when I came across this Leonard Cohen quote:

    If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick all the time

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