Andrew Howley

Human-sized butterflies will be arriving across the U.S. over the next year. The first have already alighted on an airport tower in Springdale, Arkansas. And they’re on a mission. “Over the last two decades, monarch numbers have dropped more than 80 percent,” says Thayer Walker of Ink Dwell, the art studio behind the pollinators’ appearances,...

Harini Nagendra has spent more than a decade studying the growth and functioning of cities in South Asia, supported in part by grants from the National Geographic Society in 2006 and 2011. In her new book, Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future she focuses in on the booming modern city of...

“Thomas Ulrich and I left home 12th of April. We started from the North Pole 1st of May and headed south towards Frans Josef Land with a weight of 170 kilos in our kayaks. (We used plastic kayaks instead of sleds, to be able to paddle when the ice melted later in the season, they...

In a moment of wonder and elation 77 years ago today, four French teenagers discovered more than just their missing dog. Lost in the woods outside the small medieval town of Montignac in Aquitaine, the pup had fallen into a small cavern in the ground. The dog was rescued and a few days later the...

As a fan of all things human evolution-related, I have generally found movies about the distant past to be smh-worthy (I’m looking at you, 10,000 B.C.). So imagine my surprise when I realized I was finally watching a beautifully executed film about, essentially, our early hominin ancestors. I was on a plane, it was Rise...

While more than 125 National Geographic Explorers gathered at Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. this week for the 2017 Explorers Festival, hundreds more continued their Explorer activities in the field around the world. Emerging Explorer Asha de Vos for one, has been busy publishing a paper announcing the first sighting of the little-known Omura’s whale in...

“If I’m a farmer in Cameroon the true reality is that I’m not part of the value chain of cash crops on international market. I’m the victim of the prices, fixed every year by big companies” says Dr. Zacharie Tchoundjeu, Regional Coordinator for the World Agroforestry Centre of West and Central Africa, and 2012 National...

The first fossils of Homo naledi, discovered in 2013 and described as a new species of hominin in 2015, have just been dated to coming from only 236,000 to 335,000 years ago—close to the origins of our own species. (Read: Did This Mysterious Ape-Human Once Live Alongside Our Ancestors?) What does it mean for prevailing...

Quick: look out the window. Is the world still there? Got some trees? A couple of birds? A few puffy clouds? Good. Now sit for a minute and enjoy it. People of every generation and especially over the past few decades have made efforts large and small to ensure the continued presence and health of...

It’s Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild once again. And this year, the big cats are coming home. Well, kind of. They’re actually already here. As National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert reveal in their latest film, Soul of the Cat (airing Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 10 p.m. EST), our sweet little domesticated cat companions don’t differ much...