Shah Selbe

The theme of this year’s National Geographic Explorers Festival was “Connecting to Ignite Change.” This theme was present in all the panels, activities, and conversations that were had on stage, as well as in the energy of the party, film festival, and awards. But what happens after Explorers Festival wraps up? What kinds of projects...

This spring, National Geographic invites audiences of all ages to experience exploration firsthand with a sensational lineup of events at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. In addition to talks from an impressive roster of National Geographic explorers including award-winning photographer Steve Winter, engineering activist Shah Selbe, and award-winning photographer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier, the season...

Late last month, a number of innovators and field practitioners got together at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences for a series of meetings on conservation technology. The meetings were significant; an indicator of the growing momentum around the use of new innovative technologies for environmental protection, conservation science, and natural resource management. The field...

Some of the strongest validation that conservationists get towards the need to protect a certain area comes directly as a result of exploration of that area. Through exploratory expeditions, we get to see the magnificence and scientific significance that these places have to offer. This provides the justification behind many of the political and economic...

When it comes to ocean conservation, these seem to be somewhat optimistic times. The oceans are under a greater threat than ever before, but we have been lucky to see a number of ocean-related successes in recent years. There is an increased understanding by the general public about seafood sustainability and the impact of overfishing....

In recent years, there has been a growing global understanding of the importance in establishing marine protected areas (MPA) in our oceans. These sanctuaries serve a fundamental role in creating safe spaces for fish to spawn and grow before spilling out into the open ocean to benefit environmental rejuvenation and fisheries alike. These have been...

On day two, we found ourselves hushed and intensely listening on the side of the channel in our mokoros, the traditional canoe of the baYei people. The air was tense as we waited as a result of the nearby rumblings of a male elephant. I have never felt so simultaneously excited and anxious at the...

A robust and healthy ocean is the lifeblood for our planet, sustaining life through interconnected ecosystems worldwide. Unfortunately, as a result of global industrial overfishing pressure, many of these ecosystems have shown signs of rapid deterioration. This is particularly bad in the high seas, the part of the oceans that lie beyond 200-miles off the...

A robust and healthy ocean is the lifeblood for our planet, sustaining life through interconnected ecosystems worldwide. Unfortunately, as a result of global industrial overfishing pressure, many of these ecosystems have shown signs of rapid deterioration. This is particularly bad in the high seas, the part of the oceans that lie beyond 200-miles off the...