Carolyn Barnwell

Best Job Ever: Exploring Super-Remote Caves in Greenland

Gina Moseley loves caves. She started caving for sport when she was 13 years old, and now she’s in it for science. Moseley is a geologist and National Geographic grantee who traveled to a remote region of northeast Greenland to ...

Best Job Ever: Collecting Bones in Alaska

Imagine if you could go out walking and easily pick up something that hasn’t been touched for hundreds, or even thousands, of years. Conservation paleobiologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Joshua Miller does bone surveys on the Arctic National ...

Close Encounter with a Polar Bear

Franz Josef Land is the northernmost archipelago in the world, only 560 miles (900 kilometers) from the North Pole in the Russian Arctic. It is uninhabited by humans—except for a few scientists working in the nature reserve—and the wildlife population ...

Filming at the Largest Bat Colony in the World

Would you believe that there is a single cave in Texas where there are twice as many bats as there are people in New York City? Every night starting in March and until they migrate south for the winter, about 20 ...

Video From a Whale Shark’s Point of View

Engineer Graham Wilhelm joined National Geographic Emerging Explorer Brad Norman on an expedition to Ningaloo Reef, Australia’s longest fringing reef. Their goal was to deploy Crittercams on whale sharks to get a glimpse of the sharks’ underwater world and ...

Engineer Builds Drone From Scratch, Destroys It on First Day

Alan Turchik was psyched to be going on his first field expedition as an engineer with National Geographic. The 2012 expedition to the legendary and remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific Ocean was part of the Pristine Seas project. One of ...

Extreme Cave Diving with a Purpose

National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee Kenny Broad has been on hundreds of dives where the visibility is so bad he can’t see his own gauges in front of his face. He is an environmental anthropologist who explores inland underwater ...

Deep-Sea Cameras Reveal ‘Sharkcano’

Over four days, Brennan Phillips’ expedition team boated closer and closer to Kavachi, an underwater volcano off the Solomon Islands. “Absolutely, we were scared,” says Phillips, a National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program grantee. “But one of the ways you ...

Divers Search for Tiny Animals in Iceland’s Fissures

The water in Iceland’s groundwater fissures “is basically the same water we’re drinking from the tap,” says Jónína Ólafsdóttir, a freshwater biologist who’s been scuba diving in the cracks in the Earth’s crust ...