John (Mike) Farrell

John (Mike) Farrell

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Grants
  • Courses Taught

Contact Information

TitleCoordinator, Platte Basin Time Lapse Project
Faculty RankProfessor of Practice
Address101 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
  • office: 402-472-3471


My Story

Michael Farrell is the co-founder of the Platte Basin Timelapse project. He is also a 51-year veteran of public media, 49 of which have been spent in the production and management of documentaries about the culture, history and environment of Nebraska and the Great Plains for Nebraska Public Television (now NPM). His areas of content specialization include history and humanities documentaries as well as programs about diverse topics such as rural and environmental issues, the fine arts, opera, ballet, jazz and blues. His most well-known award-winning production was In Search of the Oregon Trail, which aired three times on prime-time national public television and was one of the top ten most-watched PBS programs in its premiere year of 1996. His 90-minute special The Platte River Road won the coveted National Cowboy Hall of Fame award in 1992. From 1998 to 2009, Farrell led the Nebraska Public Television Network’s television production team managing local, regional and national projects. Beginning in 2006 he also established an internship program at NET for students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Now through PBT the program offers paid professional experience to over a half a dozen undergraduate students per year. Farrell also teaches classes in documentary and visual story-telling. Farrell, an accomplished still photographer, has had his work appear in numerous one-person museum and gallery exhibitions as well as in Nebraska History magazine and NEBRASKAland Magazine. He has authored four photo books with accompanying essays. His degrees include an M.S. - Illinois Institute of Technology in Visual Communications and A.B. in Fine Arts (Graphic Design and Photography, Art History minor) - Indiana University. He lives in Lincoln with his partner Lynne Ireland and has three grown children and two granddaughters.

Selected Publications

Farrell, J. M., Forsberg, M. Great Plains - America's Lingering Wild.
Brinley Buckley, E. M., Allen, C., Forsberg, M., Farrell, M., Caven., A. J. (2017). Capturing change: the duality of time lapse imagery to acquire data and depict ecological dynamics. Ecology and Society, 22(3), Article 30.Online
Forsberg, M. O'Brien, D., Wishart, D., Koozer, T. 2009. Great Plains America's Lingering Wild. University Of Chicago Press. pp. 256.







SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology


Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleTime-Lapse Chute Monitoring Services
Starting Date01/25/2022


Ending Date09/30/2022
Funding Level$15,004.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Military Department


Grant TitleTime-Lapse Chute Monitoring Services (Additional Funding)
Starting Date01/14/2021


Ending Date09/30/2021
Funding Level$15,004.00
Funding AgencyNE Military Department


Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 393Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural ResourcesXXXX