Robert Coburn

Can We Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction?

“Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a ...

The Causes Big and Small of the Sixth Mass Extinction

Though the causes of past extinctions within human history are still shrouded in some mystery, the modern stretch of the sixth mass extinction is undeniably a human affair. As we reach out across the planet and attempt to exploit it, ...

Sixth Mass Extinction Really Started Thousands of Years Ago

When you hear the term “sixth mass extinction,” what images come to mind? Elephants and lions being hunted down for the traditional medicine market? Sea turtle eggs being poached from the beaches of Costa Rica? Overfishing and reef destruction? The ...

Indigenous Water Testing in Remote Russia

Jon Waterhouse and The Network of Indigenous Knowledge (NIK) recently went to Yakutia in eastern Russia to help distribute the tools and knowledge necessary for water testing. NIK is about connecting people who are, by nature and place, environmental stewards ...

Africa’s Last Tropical Glaciers: Watch for Free

“Snows of the Nile,” a short film by National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Neil Losin and fellow filmmaker and explorer Nate Dappen has received third place in the Action4Climate documentary contest. The film was one of 230 contest entries from 70 ...

The Flying Classroom Comes to Palau

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Barrington Irving has a lofty idea of what it means to teach—he teaches by example, high among the clouds, and all over the world. As the youngest person to ever fly solo around the world, ...

The Wiley and Surprisingly Cute Hyena

Jessica Vitale is tracking and studying hyenas in the Okavango River Delta. These animals, so often portrayed negatively in popular culture, are actually quite admirable for several reasons, including their social flexibility (even in relation to other species), and their ...

Watch the Okavango Hangout Video!

Did you miss the Okavango Google Hangout? If you weren’t able to tune in live, you can now watch the full replay! The Okavango expedition is headed by four prominent National Geographic Explorers—Gregg Treinish, Steve Boyes, Shah Selbe ...

Eric Chen’s Galápagos Getaway

Eric Chen is the grand prize winner of the 2013 Google Science Fair for his work on new influenza treatments. As part of his prize, he received a National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos Islands to encounter all that nature ...

The Phantom Hogs of Kibale National Park

Rafael Reyna is a biologist fighting to protect the vanishing animals of eastern African rainforests. He studies them through a variety of methods in the hope that the information he gathers can help save them from extinction at the (often ...