Bruce is a professor in Geology, Microbiology, and the Carl R. Woese  Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois  Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching focuses on hot springs,  coral reefs, subsurface hydrocarbons, Roman aqueducts, and human kidney  stones, and has included bringing thousands of students into the field  around the world. Results have direct application to a wide variety of  pressing societal interests that range from energy and human medicine to  environmental sustainability and space exploration. 

He serves on  multiple science panels, is an editorial contributor for many science  journals, and results from his research have been reported by NPR, The  Huffington Post, The New York Times and other media outlets. 


Tom is a world-renowned nature photographer whose passion and speciality  is Yellowstone National Park. He established Wilderness Photography  Expeditions in 1986 and was the first person licensed to lead  photography tours in Yellowstone. His clients include Life,  Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Audubon and Time.

Newsweek,  The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Esquire and  others have sent him on assignment. Tom’s first book, Silence and  Solitude, won a 2002 Montana Book Award, and his other eight books  include The Seasons of Yellowstone series and Photographs of  Yellowstone. PBS Nature’s show Christmas in Yellowstone features Tom’s  photography and backcountry skiing stories, and has been shown each  December on PBS since 2006.