Each year the National Geographic Society recognizes a group of gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, storytellers, and innovators—explorers who are already making a difference and changing the world: Emerging Explorers.
Emerging Explorers are a part of our Explorers Festival (June 15-18), which brings together some of the world’s top researchers, advocates, and storytellers. While they come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, each is an exemplary explorer of our world and beyond.
Read about what our Emerging Explorers are working on. Then use our resources and discussion questions to bring them into your own classroom of explorers!
Joe is an educator and scuba diver using technology to bring exploration into the classroom.
- Besides making class more interesting, what are are some benefits of having students hear directly from scientists, astronauts, and activists?
- What type of explorer would you most want to do an Explorer Classroom with?
Adjany is a conservationist and fish expert (ichthyologist) working to protect biodiversity in the Okavango River Basin.
- What can studying fish tell us about the rest of an ecosystem?
- What factors threaten biodiversity in the Okavango River Basin?
Ryan is an evolutionary biologist and epidemiologist using 3D technology to analyze everything from dinosaurs’ movements to the path of mosquito-borne illnesses.
Ryan has created models to predict and prevent Zika virus. Learn more about what Zika virus is, where it’s found, and how to prevent it.
- How can looking to the past help us understand the biology of species today?
- Why are mosquito-borne illnesses more common in some parts of the world than others?
Federico is a paleontologist studying adaptation and extinction events—and he discovered the largest sea-dwelling crocodile.
- How could studying extinction events help us better understand our world?
- What is the first thing you would do if you discovered a fossil in your backyard?
Grace C. Young
Grace is an ocean engineer using underwater technology to advance marine conservation.
- What would you miss the most about life on land if you started to live as an underwater “aquanaut”?
- Whose responsibility is it to protect the ocean?
M is a geographer and glaciologist examining the relationship between people and glaciers to understand climate change.
- How can observing glaciers teach us about climate change?
- What species are affected by changes in glaciers?
Ricardo is a wildlife biologist working to promote coexistence between wild cats and humans.
- What threats do big cats face?
- What do you think is the most important element to make wildlife conservation efforts successful?