Barbee is the director and founder of Alliance Earth
, a non-profit foundation creating science and environmental reporting for the world’s media. He is also a mountaineer, photographer, expedition leader and a fellow of the Explorer’s Club.
Barbee worked for 15 years as a professional photographer for publications including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, The Times, GEO and others. His photography work has also been highlighted in shows at museums like The Levine Museum of the New South.