Clare Fieseler

Conservationists Clash on #CecilTheLion, Hunting, and the Future

Cecil the Lion’s illegal killing isn’t just trending in news, it was trending in the hallways of the International Congress of Conservation Biology (ICCB) last week. The biennial, five-day gathering of 2,000 scientists is structured by formal, planned presentations. ...

What a Group of 2,000 Biologists Talks About May Surprise You

Last night, amidst the many musicians filling the streets of France with song, one group stood out. The musicians were conservation biologists, and they played a strange assortment of exotic instruments sourced from the remote corners of the world where ...

“Cuba’s New Now” and the Oceans: Part II

Sharks…deep-water rigs…coastal development…fish for tourists…empty markets.  As someone who studies the ocean, these are the words that pop out at me when reading National Geographic’s November cover story “Cuba’s New Now.”  Paolo Pellegrin’s ...

“Cuba’s New Now” and the Ocean: Part I

Sharks…deep-water rigs…coastal development…fish for tourists…empty markets.  As someone who studies the ocean, these are the words that pop out at me when reading National Geographic’s November cover story “Cuba’s New Now.”  Paolo Pellegrin’s ...

Skin Diver Tells His Full Story, 40 Years Later

By Clare Fieseler, NGS Young Explorer Grantee His back muscles are taut. Poised, and with perfect buoyancy, Villamar Godfrey is pictured yanking a 30-pound jewfish from a spectacular colony of elkhorn coral.  Godfrey, now 77,  stares at a grainy scanned image ...