Dee Breger

Organization:  Micrographic Arts

Address:  PO Box 3088

                Saratoga Springs NY 12866


Telephone:  518-584-8836

Biography:  After receiving a BS in studio art from the University of Wisconsin/Madison in 1964, Dee Breger began working as a scientific illustrator at Columbia University's earth science institute, now known as the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She soon switched to electron microscopy, and has specialized in the imagery and technology of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) since Lamont installed one of the first commercially available models. In 1982 Dee founded Columbia's first professional SEM facility and directed it for the next 22 years. From 2004-2009, she directed a similar facility at Drexel University before retiring from full time work in academia and moved to Saratoga, NY where she launched Micrographic Arts. Besides providing her expertise to multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional researchers, she has furnished her aesthetically-enhanced SEM imagery to the media and the art world; her own outreach efforts continue to include public lectures (notably at several chapters of the Explorers Club, on board a European eco-cruise liner, on the 'private floating community' The World; and at a 2012 educational TED event), as well as consulting with science museums. The New York Times Magazine featured her 1995 coffee-table book Journeys in Microspace, and she was profiled in a 1998 BBC documentary Hidden Visions. She is currently at work on a new coffee-table book of images. Dee's Antarctic adventures began in 1968, as a member of the physical oceanography team on the USNS Research Vessel Eltanin as Lamont's first female technician sent on a major expedition. Three more Eltanin cruises followed, then another nine ion multiple research vessels in other capacities, including the Palmer, Gould, Polar Duke, Meteor, and Aurora Australis, with several visits to McMurdo, Scott, Palmer and Casey Stations along the way. About 20 other cruises around the world rounded out her seagoing career, ending with the Artic on Sweden's Oden in 2003. Since then, she has participated in land-based field research, notably Tunguska, Siberia and central Russia. Dee continues to provide her analytical SEM expertise for several international research groups, particularly in the study of cosmic impacts during the Holocene, and harbors great hopes of getting back to the ice. She welcomes your visit at