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.