Neil Losin

If you’ve been reading the news this week, you know that we’ve just been starkly reminded that the Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction – a biodiversity crisis like nothing it has experienced in 65 million years. Yet while species disappear at an unprecedented rate, new species are also being born all...

When you think of Africa, glaciers probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. And certainly not glaciers on the Equator. But the Rwenzori Mountains aren’t in the business of conforming to expectations. The Rwenzoris rise 5000m from the heart of Africa, dividing the continent. On one side: Uganda and the headwaters of the...

In the warm, humid air of the rain forest, with the voices of katydids in the trees outside, the darkened room burst into applause. As the credits rolled on the first screenings of their films, a roomful of tired students discovered the joy of reaching an audience with a captivating story. But these weren’t film...

In the warm, humid air of the rain forest, with the voices of katydids in the trees outside, the darkened room burst into applause. As the credits rolled on the first screenings of their films, a roomful of tired students discovered the joy of reaching an audience with a captivating story. But these weren’t film...

Getting fancy in front of your enemies can be dangerous. Just ask Anderson Silva, the former UFC Middleweight champion who lost his title to upstart Chris Weidman in July. Silva, famous for showboating and taunting his opponents in the ring, let his guard down and Weidman quickly took advantage, ending Silva’s 7-year reign as champion....

Getting fancy in front of your enemies can be dangerous. Just ask Anderson Silva, the former UFC Middleweight champion who lost his title to upstart Chris Weidman in July. Silva, famous for showboating and taunting his opponents in the ring, let his guard down and Weidman quickly took advantage, ending Silva’s 7-year reign as champion....

Getting fancy in front of your enemies can be dangerous. Just ask Anderson Silva, the former UFC Middleweight champion who lost his title to upstart Chris Weidman in July. Silva, famous for showboating and taunting his opponents in the ring, let his guard down and Weidman quickly took advantage, ending Silva’s 7-year reign as champion....

National Geographic Explorer Neil Losin and his colleague Nate Dappen are planning an expedition to document climate change in Africa’s Rwenzori Mountains, one of the few places on Earth where glaciers can be found on the equator – and you can help them make their expedition happen! Beer is involved… Read on to learn more....

Earlier this summer, National Geographic Young Explorer Dr. Neil Losin and his colleague Dr. Nate Dappen traveled to the Spanish Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera to create a book about the endemic Ibiza Wall Lizard (Podarcis pityusensis), the symbol of these islands. Learn more about Neil and Nate’s work at www.daysedgeproductions.com. My colleague Nate Dappen and I have been...

Since mid-June, National Geographic Young Explorer Dr. Neil Losin and his colleague Dr. Nate Dappen have been in the Spanish Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera to create a book about the endemic Ibiza Wall Lizard (Podarcis pityusensis), the symbol of these islands. Learn more about Neil and Nate’s work at www.daysedgeproductions.com. We visited dozens of islands during our month-long...

We had an unexpected stroke of luck during the 3rd week of our expedition to photograph the Ibiza Wall Lizard (Podarcis pityusensis) on the Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera. We got a visit from our friend Joris van Alphen, a National Geographic Emerging Nature Photographer from The Netherlands. Joris is a fantastic photographer, both on...

As a biologist, I love surprises. And after the first week of our month-long photographic expedition to the Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera, it seems like there are biological surprises around every corner. Dr. Nate Dappen, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Miami, has spent the past three summers on Ibiza and Formentera...

The spectacular Pityusic Archipelago lies 50 miles east of Valencia in the Spanish Mediterranean. Most people know Ibiza, the largest island in the archipelago, for its spectacular beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-famous nightlife. But as anyone who has visited Ibiza will tell you, the island’s official symbol is one you’d never expect – a lizard!...

Halloween has its share of imaginary monsters: vampires, werewolves, zombies… But some of the most pervasive symbols of Halloween are real animals, animals that (rightly or wrongly) strike fear in countless people. When you think of Halloween, what creepy creatures come to mind? Bats? Snakes? Cockroaches? Toads? Imagine being surrounded by these animals. All of...

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, the old adage goes. The statement has intuitive appeal:  as we age, we often get stuck in our ways. And until recently, neuroscience also supported the notion that once we reach adulthood, the human brain’s structure and its functional capabilities are more or less fixed – in...