Paul Illsley   
Paul Illsley



Paul possesses over 40 years of photographic experience with a specialty in research imaging, photomicrography, and airborne imaging. Paulís work has been published by National Geographic, used by The Royal Canadian Mint in the form of a coin and by Canada Post in the form of a stamp. His images have been used by Parks Canada and featured in international publications.


Paul has served as imaging specialist on a NASA and National Geographic sponsored airborne laser mapping (LiDAR) project in the Peruvian Andes and as an instructor of Cartography, Remote Sensing, and Research Imaging on the NASA sponsored Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) in Alaska. Paul is an award winning graduate and former Instructor of Remote Sensing, Airborne Imaging and Digital Mapping in the Cartography department at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). He has also been a cartographic consultant for the Discovery Channel and underwater imaging consultant for the History Channel.


Paul was an airborne imaging specialist in the Applied Research department at COGS where he was responsible for piloting and maintaining advanced drones containing Viable Spectrum, Multispectral, Hyperspectral, Thermal imaging sensors as well as active LiDAR laser mapping systems. He holds an Advanced Operations drone pilotís certification from Transport Canada.


In addition to his cartographic and research imaging experience Paul has served as a reconnaissance specialist with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and holds certifications in both parachuting as well as SCUBA diving. Paul enjoys free time activities such as kayaking, hiking and nature photography.


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