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!
Danielle N. Lee
Danielle is a biologist focused on urban ecology, animal behavior, and increasing diversity in STEM.
- What are some reasons why it’s important to have diversity in the sciences?
- Can you think of another problem that scientists could use rodents to help solve?
Anand is a science photographer zooming in on everything from honey bees to “zombie” parasites.
- Why are bees important to ecosystems around the world?
- How does Anand’s background in biology impact his photography?
Keolu is a geneticist advocating for the inclusion of indigenous populations in genome sequencing.
- Why is it so important to make sure genome sequencing includes people of all demographics?
- Why do you think geneticists have historically focused on studying people of European descent?
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Hindou is an environmental activist and geographer bringing indigenous peoples’ voices into the conversation about climate change.
- What information do you think indigenous people can share that policy makers are not aware of?
- Why is 3-D mapping a key part of Hindou’s work? How would you use 3-D mapping?
Jennifer W. Lopez
Jennifer is a technologist and data scientist using technology to solve problems on Earth and in outer space.
- What are the positives and negatives of NASA’s open data strategy?
- What factors do you think prevent women from entering STEM fields at the same rate as men?
Mateus is a park administrator and conservationist committed to protecting diversity in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
- One key task of Gorongosa National Park rangers is promoting peaceful human-animal coexistence. What are some ways to do that? (more info here)
- What factors threaten the biodiversity of Gorongosa, and biodiversity more generally?
Hotlin Ompusunggu is a dentist and conservationist using healthcare as a way to break the cycle between poverty and illegal logging.
- Why do you think offering healthcare to people is an effective way to discourage illegal logging?
- What other creative approaches to conservation can you think of?