In situ, ex situ is a website dedicated to the photography of Brian Freiermuth. The site is heavily geared toward conservation of amphibians and reptiles, which is an important passion of the author. In situ, ex situ will strive to create galleries that visually describe topics in conservation, ecology, evolution and other concepts. Brian has always been captivated by nature. Some of his earliest memories are of turtles and frogs that were given to him by family members. Those formative experiences drove Brian to learn about animals throughout his youth and that desire remains strong today. Brian attended high school at the Cincinnati Zoo, earning a technical degree in Animal Conservation and Care. After working at a venom lab and a variety of zoos and aquariums he finished his undergraduate degree in Earth Systems Science and Policy at California State University at Monterey Bay in 2005. After a few years of field work in the consulting field, Brian currently works as a Senior Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium where he takes care of a diverse collection of animals with an emphasis on amphibians and serves as the aquarium's dangerous and venomous reptile training program coordinator. Since the fall of 2012, Brian has also begun furthering his education as a graduate student researcher in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program at San Francisco State University. His advisor is David C. Blackburn of the California Academy of Sciences and his graduate work will focus on the reproduction, captive management and ecology of central african frogs. To learn more about Brian's background click here. Photography has always been an interest for Brian and in recent years this interest has intensified. Brian spends much of his free time photographing the natural world, with a particular affinity for amphibians, reptiles, bugs and plants. The photographs on this site are a combination of images captured both in the natural environment (in situ) and in constructed environments, often far from their origins (ex situ). Brian strives to inspire an appreciation of the natural world with his work. The images on this site are arranged in galleries which depict a theme or story that reflects Brian's interests. The images on this site are a small subset of the available images in the in situ, ex situ library. If you have a specific need for an image we may have, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. Please enjoy these photos but respect that they are copyrighted and protected so any use must be permitted expressly and in writing by Brian.