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Peter Byck, Professor of Practice (Joint Faculty Appointment with the School of Sustainability)

Email: peter.byck@asu.edu
Office: Room 402P
Phone: 602.496.5219

Curriculum Vitae

Sustainability Documentary, JMC 494/MCO598

Peter Byck is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the Cronkite School of Journalism and the School of Sustainability. He is the director, producer and writer of "Carbon Nation." He is currently helping to lead a $5.3 million research project on Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing: In collaboration with 20 scientists and 10 ranchers, the project is focused on soil health and soil carbon storage, microbial/bug/bird biodiversity, water cycling and much more.

Byck is preparing to release a feature-length documentary (in 10 parts), "Carbon Cowboys," focused on regenerative grazing, and is in production on a long-form documentary on the AMP grazing research project. Byck’s first documentary, “Garbage,” won the South by Southwest Film Festival, screened in scores of festivals and played at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. Byck’s second documentary, "Carbon Nation," has screened all over the world; it won the IVCA Clarion Award, the GreenMe Global Festival, and was runner-up for the EMA Award. Byck has appeared twice on HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher" and NPR’s Science Friday.

In addition, Byck has edited documentaries for Peter Jackson's last two films, "Lord of the Rings" and "King Kong" and has worked as an editor or director for documentaries and promotional shorts for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MTV, Vh1, BBC, Disney and MGM, for shows and movies that include "The West Wing," "The Matrix," "Scrubs," "ER" and many more.

At the Cronkite School, Byck teaches a short documentary film course in sustainability storytelling. He has a bachelor of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts.