Barbara S. Moffet

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Juan Martinez is at the Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz to help excite children and the public about the natural world. Martinez is a national spokesman for the importance of getting youth into the outdoors, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In this video he talks to National Geographic’s Barbara Moffet about...

As of today, the National Geographic Society has issued 10,000 grants funding research and exploration since 1890—including ten National Geographic grant projects that, according to an internal panel, “have made the greatest difference in understanding the Earth.” Barbara Moffet interviews Krithi Karanth, a 32-year-old conservation biologist based in Bangalore, India, the recipient of  National Geographic’s...

Diana Sharpe, a Ph.D. student at McGill University in Montreal, received a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic to investigate a tiny fish in Africa’s Lake Victoria that’s under tremendous pressure from humans.  Here she describes her challenging work on the lake. Question: Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake, has been Africa’s most important...

This week the journal Science online is announcing a breakthrough in determining what birds and other prehistoric animals looked like 100 million years ago. Dr. Phil Manning was part of the international team who made the discovery; he is an associate professor and heads the Palaeontology Research Group at the University of Manchester (U.K.) and...

David W. Krause is Distinguished Service Professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anatomical Sciences. For well over a decade he has led a groundbreaking field investigation of the fossils of the African island of Madagascar — a paleontologist’s paradise — due to the fossils’ state of preservation and the island’s role in the plate...

Dr. Stephen B. Malcolm, professor at Western Michigan University, has been studying monarch butterflies in the field for 28 years, recently with support from National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration. He can tell you all about the monarchs passing through your garden this spring — and some of their mysterious cousins in South America....

A few years back, Gianluca Serra found a legendary bird thought extinct in Syria, with funds from National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration. Now Serra is trying to forge a stable population of these ungainly creatures, with a little help from a prince and some first ladies. By Barbara Moffet Q: The northern bald...

Willeke Wendrich, professor of Egyptian archaeology and digital humanities at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, answers questions about the volatile situation in Egypt. She has received three grants from the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration to investigate agricultural sites from the Neolithic period in Egypt’s...