women of exploration

Cambodia: The Last Hope for Iconic Wildlife at the Brink?

The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world and the third most biodiverse river in terms of fish next to the Amazon and the Congo. It boasts the world’s largest inland fishery, providing food and livelihood ...

Tierney Thys, swimming with giant sunfish

Named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2004, Tierney is a California Academy of Sciences Research Associate, expert for National Geographic Expeditions, Daily Explorer in Animal Jam (Nat Geo’s online animal world), TED Allstar speaker and producer of numerous TEDed ...

Jane Goodall, changing the way we view other primates

For more than half a century, Jane Goodall has been a researcher, conservationist and champion for one of the world’s most enigmatic primates, the chimpanzee. She started her career in 1960 in what is today Tanzania, and through painstaking observation ...

Navigating Space Archaeology

Sarah Parcak is a space archaeologist. And, with National Geographic’s help, she wants you to be one, too. An Egyptologist by training (that’s the “archaeologist” part of her title), Parcak uses satellite imagery (there’s the “space” part) ...

Sylvia Earle, Hero for the Ocean

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle is probably more at home under the sea than she is on dry land. At least, that’s where this National Geographic Explorer in Residence has made her biggest impact as a scientist and storyteller. Called by ...

Shivani Bhalla: ‘The most important word is conservationist

Shivani Bhalla is a scientist and explorer working with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and Kenya’s Samburu communities to reduce livestock loss to carnivores. In particular, Bhalla monitors the movement and health of Kenya’s 2,000 remaining lions—lions ...

Legacy of the Leakeys

Generations of women have explored our world with the National Geographic Society, and three generations of women explorers from the Leakey family have brought the history of the world to our community. In 1978, Mary Leakey and her team left a ...