Amy Bucci

Explorer of the Week: Dario Piombino-Mascali

Dario Piombino-Mascali’s work requires a high tolerance to some creepy situations. Documenting the huge number of mummified remains present in his native island, Sicily, and also throughout the world, our Explorer of the Week’s time is often spent ...

Explorer of the Week: Amanda Rivkin

This week we are featuring Amanda Rivkin, a photographer who decided to focus her lens on Azerbaijan’s offshore oil fields in the Caspian. Using funds from her Young Explorer grant, she followed the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline’s 1,100-mile ...

Explorer of the Week: Christopher Golden

In 2008, National Geographic funded Christopher Golden‘s research on bushmeat consumption and trade in Madagascar. His interest in the Malagasy’s reliance on natural resources and their health started with a visit to Madagascar in 1999 with explorer Luke Dollar. Golden’...

Explorer of the Week: Samuel “Doc” Gruber

We are pleased to announced that this week’s explorer is Samuel “Doc” Gruber, a shark expert who received funding from National Geographic in 2009 for his research on adult lemon sharks. As owner and director of the Bimini Biological Field ...

Obama vs. Romney: Who Would Handle an Alien Invasion Better?

I am not sure if this was timed as part of a sendoff for our very favorite Breaking Orbit blogger, Victoria Jaggard, or for the new show Chasing UFOs airing Friday, June 29 on the National Geographic Channel , but National Geographic ...

Coasts and Forests: Untamed Americas

Don’t miss the second half of Untamed Americas airing on National Geographic Channel tonight, putting the spotlight on coasts and forests. Just some of the facts we’ll learn: • One of the rarest, most elusive animals on earth, the ...

Untamed Americas: Sneak Peek

A new series Untamed Americas, narrated by Josh Brolin, will be airing on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild this June. The series takes on the tremendous task of documenting the highly unpredictable, deadly, and sometimes stinky, animals ...

‘Tour de Bhutan’ Tackles Climate Change

While the Tour de France may be in Stage 3 now, the smaller, but no less powerful, Bhutan Ride for Climate has only just begun. Youth from Bhutan and the United States have started their 300 kilometer biking tour of Bhutan, including ...

Kenyan Chainsaw Gang Thwarted

National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Anne Kent Taylor continues her updates from the field in Kenya this weekend. Her adventures this week include a giraffe rescue and an encounter with a chainsaw gang. Taylor has been using funding from ...

Bhutan Dragons Meet U.S. Rockets

“Before nobody thought rockets will go to the moon. In olden times, Bhutanese always thought that dragons made the sounds of thunder. These are all symbols of power. I wanted to paint symbols of power.” – Phurba Namgay The Asia Society ...

Dr. Jones Meets Dr. Hiebert

“Archaeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it’s truth you’re looking for, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.” – Indiana Jones,  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade The exhibition, Indiana Jones and the ...

DNA Day Celebration at Cornell University

“Your DNA contains the greatest history book ever written.”  —Dr. Spencer Wells Happy DNA Day!  58 years ago today the double helix was discovered. This milestone comes on the heels of a major campus DNA initiative. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and geneticist ...

Kakenya Center for Excellence Visit

Kakenya reads to the girls. Until now, the girls only had textbooks to read. It is important for the girls to become independent, life-long readers. Hopefully each visit to the school will bring a new suitcase filled with books! The ...

Vanilla Algae Cone With Sprinkles, Please

Laurencia algae—manatee and turtle grass If you like ice cream, well, you probably like algae. Substances called carrageenans extracted from several types of seaweed (a subset of the world’s algae) thicken and stabilize some popular ice creams and ...