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Geography Awareness Week Kicks Off!

Geography Awareness Week, established by presidential proclamation in 1987, is an annual public awareness program led by National Geographic, that celebrates the importance of geography education. Each year, more than 100,000 Americans take part in Geography Awareness Week activities through programs in ...

Explorer of the Week: Feliciano dos Santos

Emerging Explorer Feliciano Dos Santos uses a guitar and a strong sense of rhythm to fight against against diseases and speak up for clean water and sanitation in Mozambique. Dos Santos contracted polio due to poor drinking water when he ...

Explorer of the Week: Jake Porway

Emerging Explorer and data scientist Jake Porway is part of a new genre of National Geographic explorer in that his expeditions are occurring digitally. He is connecting nonprofits with data scientists eager to make a difference and help solve social, ...

Explorer of the Week: Elena Garcea

Elena Garcea, a member and leader of multiple National Geographic archaeological projects in Africa, has always been interested in studying ancient people’s lifestyles. When she’s not in the field, she teaches paleoethnology and interprets the data from the ...

Explorer of the Week: Jill Pruetz

In recognition of her pioneering work with chimps on the savannas of Senegal, Jill Pruetz was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2008. Over the years she and her team have discovered that chimps were using tools to kill bush ...

Explorer of the Week: Knicole Colón

In 2011, astronomer Knicole Colón received a Young Explorers grant to examine “hot-Jupiters,” Jupiter-size, gas giant planets orbiting close to their host stars, and “super-Earths,” rocky planets about ten times larger then Earth. What project are you working on now? ...

Explorer of the Week: Jacinta Beehner

What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? Hanging out in a field of monkeys, especially the gelada monkeys of Ethiopia. Biologist Jacinta Beehner received two grants from National Geographic to study the introduction of new males on gelada ...

Why Are Sea Otters So Furry?

As Sea Otter Awareness Week comes to a close, we wanted to highlight one of our explorers, Lily Maxine Tarjan or “Max”, who received a grant from National Geographic in August of this year to conduct the first in-depth analysis ...

Explorer of the Week: Martin Nweeia

Updated on 9/29/12 Rather than pursuing a childhood dream of being an orchestra conductor, Martin Nweeia chose to be a dentist and marine mammal biologist instead. With help from a National Geographic grant, he sought to uncover the secrets behind the ...

Explorer of the Week: Jennifer Burney

Jennifer Burney, named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011, continues her work on agricultural solutions for struggling farmers. She observes, for example, that “as great as local organic food may be in my own kitchen, we’ll never feed the ...

Producer from Untamed Americas Shares Wildlife Filmmaking Tips

“As a filmmaker I’ve been from one end of the earth to the other trying to get the perfect shot and trying to capture animal behavior never seen before.”—Karen Bass, Untamed Americas Series Producer Untamed Americas, a four-hour ...

Deep Sea Trawling Devastates Shipwrecks of “Alien Deep”

“The oceans cover 71 percent of our planet,yet only five percent of it has been explored.” —Dr. Robert Ballard This Sunday, September 16, 2012, National Geographic Channel will air “Alien Deep” featuring Dr. Bob Ballard, and his expeditions on the E/V ...

Explorer of the Week: Rayna Bell

Rayna Bell received a grant from National Geographic in 2010 to research patterns of diversification in a species-rich genus of reedfrogs from Central Africa. Inspired by stories from her high school biology teacher about fieldwork in Africa, Bell decided to pursue ...

Explorer of the Week: Tshewang Wangchuk

Explorer Tshewang Wangchuk possesses an unusual collection of three hundred scat samples from elusive snow leopards in Bhutan. He gathered these samples with a grant from National Geographic in 2009 to examine the snow leopard population status and its relation to ...

Explorer of the Week: Emily Ainsworth

Emily Ainsworth was so determined to travel and photograph the world that she worked multiple odd jobs, even scrubbing toilets to follow her dream. Her fascination with the human spirit brought her to photograph spiritual life on the Ganges, the ...