Joe Maher

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Academic Address

Joe Maher
Tree Climber’s Coalition
PMB 43
6625 Highway 53 East
Suite 410
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534
Phone: (706) 216-2402 or 216-1679
E-mail: jmaher


  • University of Georgia
  • Georgia State University
  • Columbus State University

Work Experience

  • 1971-1972 Staff photographer with United Press International
  • 1972-1980 Staff photographer for Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer
  • 1980-1993 Freelance photographer working with variety of organizations and publications, including United Press International, The Associated Press, Roberts Stock Photos and others.
  • 1993-2003 Continued free lance work and joined faculty at Andrew College, teaching photography, and serving as faculty advisor for the student newspaper, yearbook, and Outdoor Adventure Club. During this same period became involved in recreational tree climbing and have become instructor in the field
  • 2002-2017 Teaching Canopy Access Techniques for the Institute for tropical Ecology and Conservation.

Information relative to work at ITEC

I have been involved in photography and outdoor adventure for most of my life. While not trained as a scientist, I do qualify as a “high-end” amateur naturalist with experience in many environments. Although having been introduced to tree climbing only ten years ago, I have a great amount of experience in the vertical environment, having climbed mountains and explored caves. Other pursuits include almost all forms of outdoor adventure including canoeing, sea kayaking, backpacking, scuba diving, and alpine mountaineering.