March is women’s history month. We are inspired every day by the work and contributions made by women all over the world. In recognition of these women and their great accomplishments, we wanted to share a collection of content on women explorers. These can be shared in the classroom as examples of interesting, successful women who work hard make a difference every day. These women have some of the coolest jobs in the world and it’s our hope that these profiles will help to inspire students!
Explore these real-world geography profiles:
Dr. Meave Leakey is a Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. She is a paleontologist and research professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is the director of Plio-Pleistocene research for the Turkana Basin Institute in Nariobi, Kenya.
Dr. Hayat Sindi is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She is a biotechnologist working to bring affordable health care to remote, impoverished communities using a unique tool—a tiny piece of paper.
Krista Schlyer is an independent photographer with a passion for using her work to spread the message of wildlife conservation. She is part of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), an organization that aims to use awe-inspiring, ethically captured photography to promote environmental and cultural conservation.
Dr. Lisa J. Lucero is an Archaeologist and Anthropologist. She uses modern geographic tools including GIS and GPS technology in her work, but she pours over maps to determine the patterns of Maya settlements within certain regions.
Dr. Jennifer Burney is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer researching the connection between climate change and hunger. This involves many different factors: weather, crop prices, smog, nutrition, fuel costs, health care, roads, family income, melting glaciers, and more.
Lucy Cooke is a zoologist, digital storyteller, and 2012 Emerging Explorer. By searching every nook and cranny throughout the world, Lucy has been able to shine a light of hope on amphibians and other animals that are forgotten, ignored, close to extinction, or in desperate need of help. She is a digital storyteller and sloth aficionado.
Dr. Krithi Karanth is a 2012 Emerging Explorer. She works in her native India, where more than a billion people live with wildlife, including elephants, monkeys, and endangered Asiatic lions and tigers.
Dr. Kakani Katija is a 2011 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She studies the impact of the movement of marine animals on the world’s oceans and ocean currents. Kakani explains the focus of a bioengineer: “We learn from what nature is doing and think of how we can apply that to technology in the future.”
Find these profiles and MANY more in our Real-World Geography Profile collection.
Feature Image by: Zacharie Sero Tamou