2024 Women of Discovery

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Dr. Paula Kahumbu

2024 Fellow

Dr. Paula Kahumbu is a prominent Kenyan conservationist and the CEO of WildlifeDirect. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University, focusing on Ecology and Evolutionary...

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Dr. Patricia Medici

2024 Fellow

Dr. Patricia Medici is a Brazilian conservationist whose main professional interests are tapir conservation, tropical forest conservation, landscape ecology, and communication. Patrícia has a Bachelor’s...

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Ruthmery Pillco

2024 Fellow

Ruthmery Pillco is a Peruvian biologist who works on conservation and biodiversity projects in the rainforests of Costa Rica and Peru. In Costa Rica, she...

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Prof Adriana Vergés

2024 Fellow

Adriana Vergés is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on the ecology and conservation of coastal marine habitats. In particular, her team investigates the ecological...

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Dr. Jessica Ware

2024 Fellow

Dr. Jessica Ware is a full curator at the American Museum of Natural History where she serves as Chair of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology. Dr. Ware’s...

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Grace Alawa

2024 Flag Carrier

Wildlife and biodiversity conservationist Grace Alawa is carrying Flag #42 to Andoni Island in Rivers State, Nigeria. The goal of her expedition is to understand...

Three Otters Media

2024 Flag Carrier

Tiffany Duong, Aya Walraven, and Dr. Louise Edwards have come together to create Three Otters Media (TOM), which leverages virtual reality and immersive technologies to...

Felicity Aston

2023 Fellow

Poler explorer and climate scientists Felicity Aston (Flag #27), who has led international teams of women on record-making ski expeditions to both poles, traveled to...

Zuzana Buřivalová

2023 Fellow

DR. ZUZANA BUŘIVALOVÁ is a tropical forest ecologist and bioacoustics researcher working to equitably protect tropical forest biodiversity. She is an Assistant Professor at the...

Emma Camp

2023 Fellow

DR. EMMA CAMP is a coral biologist and marine biogeochemist with research interests in the role marginal reef environments (i.e., mangrove habitats) can play in...

Alifa Haque

2023 Fellow

Dr. Alifa Bintha Haque is a marine biologist and ethno-conservationist focused on conserving sharks and rays in the global south context. Her research covers sustainable...

Cristina Mittermeier

2023 Fellow

CRISTINA GOETTSCH MITTERMEIER, one of the most influential conservation photographers of our time, has dedicated her life to protecting the world’s oceans and wild places...

Dawn Wright

2023 Fellow

DR. DAWN J. WRIGHT is a leader in the development of ocean data science, with research interests in geospatial data science, seafloor mapping, coastal/ocean informatics,...

Susan Eaton

2023 Flag Carrier

Geoscientist and polar explorer Susan Eaton (Flag #14, #32) led Sea Women Expeditions (SWX) – a volunteer-based, international team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women ocean...

Dominique Gonçalves

2023 Flag Carrier

As a keystone species, elephants help maintain the integrity of entire ecosystems, which in turn deliver climate regulation benefits and resilience to climatic shocks. Ecosystem...

Dr. Haiza Haroon

2023 Flag Carrier

Materials scientist Haiza Haroon will lead her expedition to South Island, New Zealand, endeavoring to discover the potential use of earthy material, namely clay collected...

Anna Knochel

2023 Flag Carrier

Marine ecologist Anna Knochel (Flag #34) will be collecting data in the Galapagos that combines acoustic tagging, satellite tagging, and isotope analyses to identify movement...

Rocío López

2023 Flag Carrier

Rocío López: A Geoarchaeological Approach to the Materiality and Historical Ecology of Earth Mounds in Uruguay Rocío López is a geoarchaeologist currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthropology...

Julieta Massaferro

2023 Flag Carrier

Paleoecologist / paleolimnologist Julieta Massaferro (Flag #33) researches fossil insects from lake sediments to reconstruct past environmental conditions and understand climate and other environmental changes...

Gina Moseley

2023 Flag Carrier

Palaeoclimatologist and polar explorer Gina Moseley specializes in improving our understanding of how the Arctic responds to a warmer world. Gina has led two pioneering...

Fiona Ogutu

2023 Flag Carrier

Obtaining her Ph.D. at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Fiona is carrying Flag #34 to Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya, to assess the bioaccumulation and biomagnification...

Azlin Fazlina Osman

2023 Flag Carrier

Bioengineer and nanotechnology researcher Azlin Fazlina Osman and her team will explore dolomite reservoirs around the Ashio mountainland in Kuzu district, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Dolomite...

Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj Peña

2023 Flag Carrier

Glaciologist, geologist and mountaineer Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj Peña is the head of communications for the University of Colorado Boulder's Climate Adaptation Science Center. Her research...

Cassandra Quave

2023 Flag Carrier

Medical ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave (Flag #25) leads anti-infective drug discovery research initiatives and teaches courses on medicinal plants, natural products, microbiology and pharmacology at Emory...

Kiera Rumbough

2023 Flag Carrier

Keira Rumbough (Flag #29) is a marine biologist and lead research coordinator on a 10-year sea expedition around the world to film and document stories...

Cédrique Solofondranohatra

2023 Flag Carrier

Cédrique is a plant biologist and ecologist researching the effect of cricket frass fertilizer on the growth and survival of seedlings in Madagascar palms. She...

Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Strom

2023 Flag Carrier

Co-founders of Hearts in the Ice Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom are returning to the Arctic with Flag #14. Dedicated to conservation, polar exploration,...

Maria Tzortziou

2023 Flag Carrier

In May-June 2023, Environmental scientist and explorer Maria Tzortziou (Flag #37) traveled to Alaska’s west coast ‒ one of the most productive areas for Alaska...

Norina Vicente

2023 Flag Carrier

Entomologist and conservation biologist Norina Vicente focuses on the evolutionary history of the eusocial, wingless wasps “ants” of poorly known regions, Afrotropical and Malagasy. For...

Karletta Chief

2022 Fellow

DR. KARLETTA DAANÉ CHIEF (Diné) focuses on watershed hydrology, arid environments, how natural and human disturbances affect soil hydrology, and the effects of climate change on water...

Jill Heinerth

2022 Fellow

JILL HEINERTH is one of the world's premier underwater explorers and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. A pioneering explorer, award-winning filmmaker and...

Citlalli Morelos-Juarez

2022 Fellow

DR. CITLALLI MORELOS-JUÁREZ is a primatologist working in the Ecuador’s  Chocó rainforest – one of the world’s last coastal rainforests and a global biodiversity hotspot. Director...

Rae Wynn-Grant

2022 Fellow

DR. RAE WYNN-GRANT is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate how humans influence wildlife behavior and ecology. Her...

Elyce Gosselin

2022 Flag Carrier

Elyce Gosselin (Flag #17) traveled to Ecuador to study the ecology and conservation genomics of red and hoary bats species found in the Galapagos Islands....

Chiara De Gregorio

2022 Flag Carrier

Chiara De Gregorio (Flag #2) focuses on primate communication, primarily among singing primates, with the goal of understanding the social and environmental factors that shape...

Sefra Alexandra

2021 Flag Carrier

“The Seed Huntress” Sefra Alexandra leads The Ecotype Project for the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association, an effort to fortify the living seed banks of...

Rahayu Oktaviani

2021 Flag Carrier

Primate conservationist Rahayu Oktaviani (Flag #23) carried the WINGS Flag to Gunung Halimun Salak National Park in Indonesia, where she leads a longterm field project...

Gaelin Rosenwaks

2021 Flag Carrier

In March 2021, marine scientist, photographer and filmmaker Gaelin Rosenwaks carried Flag #29 on her expedition to Dominica to study and film sperm whales for...

Silvia Schrötter

2021 Flag Carrier

Tropical Ecologist Silvia Schrötter focuses on how to effectively incorporate the human dimension, including livelihood development, into nature conservation and climate change adaptation. The goal...

Sunniva Sorby

2021 Flag Carrier

Sunniva Sorby (Flag #14) and Hilde Fålun Strøm are the first women in history to overwinter in the Arctic without men. They embarked in September...

Diva Amon

2020 Fellow

Dr. Diva Amon is a Trinidadian deep-sea biologist with a special interest in deep-sea organisms and how human activity affects life far below the ocean’s surface....

Sylvia Earle

2020 Fellow

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a legendary marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for...

Liz Taylor

2020 Fellow

Since 1992, President and CEO Liz Taylor and her team have grown DOER Marine (Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Marine) from a consulting and field services firm...

Krithi Karanth

2019 Fellow

Dr. Krithi Karanth is Chief Conservation Scientist at at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, which combines innovative wildlife research with conservation, education and policy outreach. She also...

Laly Lichtenfeld

2019 Fellow

Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld is committed to a world where communities and wildlife coexist and thrive. A twenty-year resident of Tanzania, she co-founded African People &...

Darlene Lim

2019 Fellow

Dr. Darlene Lim is a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Darlene leads several NASA-funded research programs that are focused on...

April Burt

2019-2020 Flag Carrier

Plastic pollution is having devastating effects on the Aldabra Atoll World Heritage Site and the local wildlife. Conservation biologist April Burt was awarded a WINGS WorldQuest Flag...

Allison C. Hanes

2019-2020 Flag Carrier

Filmmaker Allison Hanes carried the WINGS Flag to the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. She scouted locations for a 90 minute feature film about the shamans...

Callie Veelenturf

2019-2020 Flag Carrier

Callie Veelenturf, a marine conservation biologist and founder of The Leatherback Project, is dedicated to protecting the oceans. During winter 2019-20, Callie carried WINGS Flag...

Nergis Mavalvala

2018 Fellow

Nergis Mavalvala is the associate head of the Department of Physics and the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at MIT. She is a...

Thandiwe Mweetwa

2018 Fellow

Thandiwe Mweetwa is a senior ecologist and community educator with the Zambian Carnivore Programme. Her work focuses on studying population dynamics and threats to survival...

Nalini Nadkarni

2018 Fellow

Nalini Nadkarni is known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy." For three decades, she has used mountain-climbing techniques, construction cranes, and hot air balloons to...

Eleanor Sterling

2018 Fellow

Eleanor Sterling, Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Dr. Eleanor Sterling is passionate about the intersection...

Asha de Vos

2018 Fellow

Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She calls the...

Juliana Machado Ferreira

2016 Fellow

Dr. Juliana Machado Ferreira founded and serves as Executive Director of FREELAND Brasil, whose mission is to conserve biodiversity by ending wildlife trafficking.  She designs...

Hope Jahren

2016 Fellow

Hope Jahren is the "New York Times Best Seller" author of Lab Girl, a memoir about a woman in science and a lifelong love and...

Beate G. Liepert

2016 Fellow

Dr. Beate G. Liepert discovered during her graduate work at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich that declines in solar energy reaching Earth’s surface were equivalent...

Kristen Marhaver

2016 Fellow

Dr. Kristen Marhaver, a marine biologist, completed her NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship studying the ecology, reproduction, and juvenile behavior of Caribbean reef corals at the CARMABI...

Sheila Ochugboju

2016 Fellow

Dr. Sheila Ochugboju is committed to developing impactful African science, technology and innovation projects.  She is currently the Executive Director of Alliance for Science at...

Marla Spivak

2016 Fellow

Dr. Marla Spivak is a leading entomologist in the movement to protect and enhance the health and diversity of the world’s declining honey bee population....

Arita Baaijens

2019-2020 Fellow

From December 2019 through January 2020, Arita Baaijens (Flag #2) returned to Papua New Guinea to continue the work she began in 2016 with WINGS...

Daphne Soares

2014 Fellow

Born: 1972 Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Education: Ph.D. in Neuroscience Occupation: Neuroecologist Expeditions: Caves in China, Mexico, Ecuador, and USA Favorite Places: Galloping through an open field and cave...

Helen Thayer

2014 Fellow

In 1988, at 50 years old, Helen Thayer was the first woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, solo. Accompanied by her husky dog,...

Katey Walter Anthony

2011 Fellow

Born: 1976 Hometown: Fairbanks, AK Education: Ph.D. in Aquatic Biology Occupation: Aquatic ecosystem ecologist and professor Expeditions: Siberia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Finland, and Sweden to study methane emissions from...

Anna Cummins

2011 Fellow

Anna Cummins has over 20 years of experience in environmental non-profit work including marine conservation, coastal watershed management, community relations and sustainability education. Her work...

Gretel Ehrlich

2011 Fellow

An author of 13 books, poet, documentary filmmaker, former sheepherder and ranch hand, Gretel Ehrlich has truly done it all. She was born in Santa...

Angela Fisher

2011 Fellow

Angela Fisher is from Adelaide, Australia, and holds a degree in social sciences. Together with Carol Beckwith, she documents traditional ceremonies of African...

Kate Jackson

2011 Fellow

Born: 1972 Hometown: Toronto, Canada Education: Ph.D. in Biology Occupation: Herpetologist specializing in Central Africa venomous snakes Expeditions: Surveying reptiles/amphibians in Central Africa, herpetological expeditions in South and Central...

Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

2011 Fellow

Born: 1970 Hometown: Kampala, Uganda Education: M.A. in Specialized Veterinary Medicine Occupation: Veterinary surgeon, founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda Expeditions: Budongo Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen...

Catherine Powers

2011 Fellow

Born: 1976 Hometown: Denver, CO Education: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences Occupation: Paleontologist Expeditions: Europe and Western U.S. to analyze the distribution and diversity of bryozoans, a group of marine...

Pauline Wiessner

2011 Fellow

Born: 1947 Hometown: Stowe, VT Education: Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ethnology Occupation: Anthropologist Expeditions: 30 years of expeditions to the Kalahari Bushmen and th Enga of Papua New Guinea...

Carol Beckwith

2010 Fellow

Carol Beckwith is a photographer who documents indigenous tribes in Africa. She's done much of her work with Australian photographer Angela Fisher. ...

Susan Dudley

2010 Fellow

Susan Dudley, Ph.D. is a plant evolutionary ecologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, whose early work in plant kin recognition sparked both...

Kate Harris

2010 Fellow

Diverging from her original plan of becoming a scientist and going to Mars, writer and adventurer Kate Harris explores desolate trails in pursuit...

Nina Jablonski

2010 Fellow

Inspired to study natural history by her upbringing on a farm in upstate New York, Nina Jablonski is a biological anthropologist and paleobiologist...

Rosemarie Keough

2010 Fellow

Born: 1959 Hometown: Salt Spring Island, Canada Education: H.B.A. in Business Administration Occupation: Photographer and publisher Expeditions: Antarctica and Arctic, sub-Arctic, and unique Canadian wilderness Favorite Place: In...

Diana Beresford Kroeger

2010 Fellow

Botanist, medical biochemist, author and filmmaker Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger has dedicated her life and career to understanding the underlying beauty, preservation and protection of rare...

Aimee Morgana

2010 Fellow

Aimee Morgana is an artist and scientific researcher best known for her work on communication with animals, which she describes as exploring the...

Alexandra Morton

2010 Fellow

Alexandra Morton was born in 1957 in Lakeville, Connecticut. She developed her love for animals at an early age when she explored in...

Naomi Pierce

2010 Fellow

Born: 1954 Hometown: Denver, CO Education: Ph.D. in Biology Occupation: Entomologist, evolutionary biologist Expeditions: Australia, Borneo, Southeast Asia, Africa Favorite Place: In the mountains Best Discoveries: The evolution of symbioses between...

Milbry Polk

2010 Fellow

Born: 1954 Hometown: Oxford, England Education: B.A. in Anthropology Occupation: Photographer, writer, founder of WINGS WorldQuest Expeditions: Egypt, India, Tibet, the Arctic, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Alaska, Nepal, Greenland Favorite Places:...

Andrea Polli

2010 Fellow

Born: 1968 Hometown: Albuquerque, NM Education: M.F.A Occupation: Environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology Expeditions: The Dry Valleys and the South Pole of Antarctica,...

Jill Tarter

2010 Fellow

Born: 1944 Hometown: Berkeley, CA Education: Ph.D. in Astronomy Occupation: Astronomer; former Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI at the SETI Institute Expeditions: Chasing after signals from distant technologies...

Selma Barkham

2009 Fellow

Selma Barkham is a historical geographer who discovered 16th Century Basque whaling sites on the southern coast of Labrador, Canada. She was awarded...

Maureen Clemmons

2009 Fellow

Dr. Maureen Clemmons theorized the ancient Egyptians, being sailors, utilized the wind not only for sailing, but also for construction. With her field-tested theory...

Aparajita Datta

2009 Fellow

Conservation Expert/Wildlife Biologist & Ecologist Aparajita Datta engaged in long-term protection of threatened wildlife with local communities in northeast India. She has discovered two...

Cindy Lee Van Dover

2009 Fellow

Dr. Cindy Lee Van Dover is a deep-sea biologist with an interest in ocean exploration and the ecology of chemosynthetic ecosystems. She began...

Leela Hazzah

2009 Fellow

Dr Leela Hazzah: Executive Director and Cofounder of Lion Guardians, Leela obtained her PhD and MSc from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research...

Rosaly Lopes

2009 Fellow

Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes is a Principal Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she is also Lead Scientist for Geophysics and...

Margaret Lowman

2009 Fellow

Born: 1953 Hometown: Elmira, NY Education: Ph.D. in Botany Occupation: Canopy ecologist (argonaut) Expeditions: Hot air ballooning to survey biodiversity in Cameroon, Africa; Jason expedition, broadcasting via satellite to...

Bolortestseg Minjin

2009 Fellow

Born: 1973 Hometown: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Education: Ph.D in Earth & Environmental Sciences Occupation: Director, Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs Expeditions: Gobi Desert (Mongolia), Malta and Rudyard (Montana)...

Jane Poynter

2009 Fellow

Jane Poynter is one of only eight people ever in history to live sealed in an artificial world for two years. Jane’s preparation...

Susan Shaw

2009 Fellow

Dr. Susan D. Shaw is recognized for her landmark research on chemical contamination in marine mammals and commercially important marine fishes along the northwest Atlantic...

Maya Tolstoy

2009 Fellow

Born: 1967 Hometown: New York, NY Education: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences/Marine Geophysics Occupation: Marine geophysicist Expeditions: 27 research cruises in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the...

Liv Arnesen

2008 Fellow

Liv Arnesen is a Norwegian educator, cross-country skier, adventurer, guide, and motivational speaker. Arnesen led the first unsupported women’s crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap...

Ann Bancroft

2008 Fellow

Ann Bancroft is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women, girls and...

Jill Fredston

2008 Fellow

Born: 1958 Hometown: Anchorage, AK Education: M.A. in Polar Studies/Glaciology Occupation: Avalanche specialist, author, professional speaker Expeditions: 25,000+ miles of rowing in the far north and sailing around...

Lene Kielsen-Holm

2008 Fellow

Years: 1963 - 2021 Hometown: Qaqortoq, Greenland Education: M.A. in Social Sciences Occupation: Anthropologist, director, Environmental and Sustainable Development Issues and Research, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland Expeditions:...

Vera Metcalf

2008 Fellow

Born: 1951 Hometown: Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island, AK Education: B.A. in Rural Development Occupation: Director of the Eskimo Walrus Commission and Commissioner on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission Expeditions:...

Irina Nikolaeva

2008 Fellow

Born: 1962 Hometown: Moscow, Russia Education: Ph.D. in Linguistics Occupation: Professor of Linguistics Expeditions: Various places in Siberia - from the Urals in the West to the...

Birgit Sattler

2008 Fellow

Born: 1969 Hometown: Innsbruck, Austria Education: Ph.D. in Microbiology & Limnology Occupation: Limnologist (a specialist in the study of freshwater ponds and lakes) Expeditions: Antarctica: Dry Valleys, South Pole,...

Constanza Ceruti

2007 Fellow

Dr. Constanza Ceruti, the first high-altitude woman archaeologist in history, is also a pioneer in the anthropological study of sacred mountains around the world. She...

Grace Gobbo

2007 Fellow

Grace Gobbo is an ethnobotanist in Tanzania who studies plants used by traditional healers. Her discoveries include finding new plant species, some of...

Jane Goodall

2007 Fellow

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the...

Erin Pettit

2007 Fellow

Born: 1971 Hometown: Seattle, WA Education: Ph.D. in Geophysics Occupation: Glaciologist and educator Expeditions: Antarctica (West Antarctic Divide, Siple Dome, and the Dry Valleys), Alaska (Brooks Range), Washington (Mount...

Terrie Williams

2019-2020 Fellow

The narwhal is one of the most iconic marine mammals of the Arctic but remains virtually unstudied due to its deep diving habits and polar...

Isabella Abbott

2006 Fellow

Isabella Abbot, the first native Hawaiian woman to receive a PhD in science, was an ethnobotanist and university professor. During her career, she was...

Elizabeth Bennett

2006 Fellow

Elizabeth (Liz) Bennett is the Vice President for Species Conservation at WCS. She conducted the first ever detailed field study of the proboscis monkey in...

Janine Benyus

2006 Fellow

Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired...

Julianna Brush

2006 Fellow

Julianna was honored by WINGS WorldQuest with the Women of Discovery Field Research Award in 2006, for her field work to understand the effects...

Eugenie Clark

2006 Fellow

Years: 1922 - 2015 Hometown: New York, N.Y. Education: Ph.D. in Zoology Occupation: Ichthyologist Expeditions: Over 50 expeditions to the Red Sea, Australia, Japan, Papa New Guinea, Solomon Islands,...

Sveva Gallmann

2006 Fellow

Born: 1980 Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya Education: M.S. Medical Anthropology Occupation: Anthropologist, oral historian, educator, and project coordinator Expeditions: With camels through East Africa Favorite Places: Anywhere with open space in...

Aquilina Lestenkof

2006 Fellow

Aquilina D. Lestenkof is the co-director of the Ecosystem Conservation Office of the Tribal Government, located on Alaska’s island, St. Paul, the same...

Edie Widder

2006 Fellow

Born: 1951 Hometown: Arlington, MA Education: Ph.D. in Neurobiology Occupation: Research scientist in deep-sea biology and conservation Expeditions: More than 50 research cruises and over 250 dives in research...

Gitanjali Bhattacharya

2005 Fellow

Gitanjali Bhattacharya is a Conservation Biologist and the Head of Global Development for the Zoological Society of London. ...

Nathalie Cabrol

2005 Fellow

Nathalie has been a Principal Investigator (PI) at the SETI Institute since 1998. She leads projects in planetary science and astrobiology, develops science...

Dalia Amor Conde

2005 Fellow

Dalia Amor Conde is a conservation ecologist and associate professor at Southern Denmark University and is also the Director of Science at Species360. She...

Marianne Greenwood

2005 Fellow

Years: 1916 - 2006 Hometown: Gallivare, Lapland, Sweden Education: Art & Trade School of Design and Hotel School Occupation: Author and photographer Expeditions: Traveled around the world eight...

Susan Hendrickson

2005 Fellow

Born: 1949 Hometown: Chicago, IL Education: Honorary Ph.D. University of Chicago Occupation: Marine archaeologist, field paleontologist, professional diver Expeditions: Diving - Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Cuba, Honduras, Egypt, Peru, and...

Ana Pinto

2005 Fellow

Born: 1959 Hometown: Oviedo, Asturias, Spain Education: Ph.D. in Archaeology Occupation: Archaeologist, anthropologist Expeditions: Spain, South Africa, Tanzania Favorite Place: Outdoors on the green slopes of the Asturias mountains Best Discoveries:...

Sabriye Tenberken

2005 Fellow

Born: 1970 Hometown: Cologne, Germany Education: Central Asian Studies at Bonn University, Germany Occupation: Co-founder of Braille Without Borders (Tibet), an international organization for the blind in...

Iris Love

2004 Fellow

Years: 1933 - 2020 Hometown: Lincoln, VT Education: M.A. in Classical Archaeology Occupation: Field archaeologist, photographer, art critic Expeditions: Samothrace and Cnidus, Greece, and Etruscan sites in Italy Favorite Place:...

Katy Payne

2004 Fellow

Born: 1937 Hometown: Ithaca, NY Education: B.A. with honors in Music Occupation: Acoustic biologist Expeditions: Argentina, Revillagigedos Islands, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic Favorite Place: Quietly deep in nature Best...

Vera Rubin

2004 Fellow

Dr. Vera Rubin was a trailblazing astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. Her observations provided...

Stephanie Schwabe

2004 Fellow

Born: 1957 Hometown: Charleston, SC Education: Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and J.D. in Law Occupation: Cave diver, geomicrobiologist Expeditions: Diving into the ocean's Black Holes and Blue Holes Favorite Place: In...

Marie Tharp

2004 Fellow

Years: 1920 - 2006 Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI Education: M.A. in Geology Occupation: Oceanographic cartographer Expeditions: At sea on the following research vessels: Eastward to the North Atlantic & Caribbean,...

Carol Amore

2003 Fellow

Documentary filmmaker and wildlife photographer Carole Amore has traveled to remote parts of the world in pursuit of adventure. Her passion is the Asian tiger...

Rosita Arvigo

2003 Fellow

Rosita Arvigo is a Doctor of Naprapathy, ethnobotanist, spiritual healer, and author of six books on traditional healing of Central America. Dr. Arvigo has...

Marilyn Bridges

2003 Fellow

Marilyn Bridges studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is noted for her black-and-white aerial photographs of sacred sites around the world. Born: 1948 Hometown:...

Anna Roosevelt

2003 Fellow

Born in 1946, Anna Curtenius Roosevelt, the great-granddaughter of the United States President Theodore Roosevelt, is an archaeologist and a Professor of Anthropology...

Meenakshi Wadhwa

2003 Fellow

Dr. Wadhwa is a planetary scientist, academic leader, and educator who serves as the director of the...

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Dr. Paula Kahumbu

2024 Fellow

Dr. Paula Kahumbu is a prominent Kenyan conservationist and the CEO of WildlifeDirect. She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University, focusing on Ecology and Evolutionary...

Photo credit: João Marcos Rosa

Dr. Patricia Medici

2024 Fellow

Dr. Patricia Medici is a Brazilian conservationist whose main professional interests are tapir conservation, tropical forest conservation, landscape ecology, and communication. Patrícia has a Bachelor’s...

Photo credit: Elias Condori, Photo credit: Andrew Whitworth

Ruthmery Pillco

2024 Fellow

Ruthmery Pillco is a Peruvian biologist who works on conservation and biodiversity projects in the rainforests of Costa Rica and Peru. In Costa Rica, she...

Photo credit: James Sherwood, Photo credit: Bluebottle Films

Prof Adriana Vergés

2024 Fellow

Adriana Vergés is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on the ecology and conservation of coastal marine habitats. In particular, her team investigates the ecological...

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Dr. Jessica Ware

2024 Fellow

Dr. Jessica Ware is a full curator at the American Museum of Natural History where she serves as Chair of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology. Dr. Ware’s...

Felicity Aston

2023 Fellow

Poler explorer and climate scientists Felicity Aston (Flag #27), who has led international teams of women on record-making ski expeditions to both poles, traveled to...

Zuzana Buřivalová

2023 Fellow

DR. ZUZANA BUŘIVALOVÁ is a tropical forest ecologist and bioacoustics researcher working to equitably protect tropical forest biodiversity. She is an Assistant Professor at the...

Emma Camp

2023 Fellow

DR. EMMA CAMP is a coral biologist and marine biogeochemist with research interests in the role marginal reef environments (i.e., mangrove habitats) can play in...

Alifa Haque

2023 Fellow

Dr. Alifa Bintha Haque is a marine biologist and ethno-conservationist focused on conserving sharks and rays in the global south context. Her research covers sustainable...

Cristina Mittermeier

2023 Fellow

CRISTINA GOETTSCH MITTERMEIER, one of the most influential conservation photographers of our time, has dedicated her life to protecting the world’s oceans and wild places...

Dawn Wright

2023 Fellow

DR. DAWN J. WRIGHT is a leader in the development of ocean data science, with research interests in geospatial data science, seafloor mapping, coastal/ocean informatics,...

Karletta Chief

2022 Fellow

DR. KARLETTA DAANÉ CHIEF (Diné) focuses on watershed hydrology, arid environments, how natural and human disturbances affect soil hydrology, and the effects of climate change on water...

Jill Heinerth

2022 Fellow

JILL HEINERTH is one of the world's premier underwater explorers and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. A pioneering explorer, award-winning filmmaker and...

Citlalli Morelos-Juarez

2022 Fellow

DR. CITLALLI MORELOS-JUÁREZ is a primatologist working in the Ecuador’s  Chocó rainforest – one of the world’s last coastal rainforests and a global biodiversity hotspot. Director...

Rae Wynn-Grant

2022 Fellow

DR. RAE WYNN-GRANT is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using statistical modeling to investigate how humans influence wildlife behavior and ecology. Her...

Diva Amon

2020 Fellow

Dr. Diva Amon is a Trinidadian deep-sea biologist with a special interest in deep-sea organisms and how human activity affects life far below the ocean’s surface....

Sylvia Earle

2020 Fellow

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a legendary marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for...

Liz Taylor

2020 Fellow

Since 1992, President and CEO Liz Taylor and her team have grown DOER Marine (Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Marine) from a consulting and field services firm...

Krithi Karanth

2019 Fellow

Dr. Krithi Karanth is Chief Conservation Scientist at at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, which combines innovative wildlife research with conservation, education and policy outreach. She also...

Laly Lichtenfeld

2019 Fellow

Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld is committed to a world where communities and wildlife coexist and thrive. A twenty-year resident of Tanzania, she co-founded African People &...

Darlene Lim

2019 Fellow

Dr. Darlene Lim is a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Darlene leads several NASA-funded research programs that are focused on...

Nergis Mavalvala

2018 Fellow

Nergis Mavalvala is the associate head of the Department of Physics and the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at MIT. She is a...

Thandiwe Mweetwa

2018 Fellow

Thandiwe Mweetwa is a senior ecologist and community educator with the Zambian Carnivore Programme. Her work focuses on studying population dynamics and threats to survival...

Nalini Nadkarni

2018 Fellow

Nalini Nadkarni is known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy." For three decades, she has used mountain-climbing techniques, construction cranes, and hot air balloons to...

Eleanor Sterling

2018 Fellow

Eleanor Sterling, Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Dr. Eleanor Sterling is passionate about the intersection...

Asha de Vos

2018 Fellow

Asha de Vos is a Sri Lankan marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean. She calls the...

Juliana Machado Ferreira

2016 Fellow

Dr. Juliana Machado Ferreira founded and serves as Executive Director of FREELAND Brasil, whose mission is to conserve biodiversity by ending wildlife trafficking.  She designs...

Hope Jahren

2016 Fellow

Hope Jahren is the "New York Times Best Seller" author of Lab Girl, a memoir about a woman in science and a lifelong love and...

Beate G. Liepert

2016 Fellow

Dr. Beate G. Liepert discovered during her graduate work at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich that declines in solar energy reaching Earth’s surface were equivalent...

Kristen Marhaver

2016 Fellow

Dr. Kristen Marhaver, a marine biologist, completed her NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship studying the ecology, reproduction, and juvenile behavior of Caribbean reef corals at the CARMABI...

Sheila Ochugboju

2016 Fellow

Dr. Sheila Ochugboju is committed to developing impactful African science, technology and innovation projects.  She is currently the Executive Director of Alliance for Science at...

Marla Spivak

2016 Fellow

Dr. Marla Spivak is a leading entomologist in the movement to protect and enhance the health and diversity of the world’s declining honey bee population....

Arita Baaijens

2019-2020 Fellow

From December 2019 through January 2020, Arita Baaijens (Flag #2) returned to Papua New Guinea to continue the work she began in 2016 with WINGS...

Daphne Soares

2014 Fellow

Born: 1972 Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Education: Ph.D. in Neuroscience Occupation: Neuroecologist Expeditions: Caves in China, Mexico, Ecuador, and USA Favorite Places: Galloping through an open field and cave...

Helen Thayer

2014 Fellow

In 1988, at 50 years old, Helen Thayer was the first woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, solo. Accompanied by her husky dog,...

Katey Walter Anthony

2011 Fellow

Born: 1976 Hometown: Fairbanks, AK Education: Ph.D. in Aquatic Biology Occupation: Aquatic ecosystem ecologist and professor Expeditions: Siberia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Finland, and Sweden to study methane emissions from...

Anna Cummins

2011 Fellow

Anna Cummins has over 20 years of experience in environmental non-profit work including marine conservation, coastal watershed management, community relations and sustainability education. Her work...

Gretel Ehrlich

2011 Fellow

An author of 13 books, poet, documentary filmmaker, former sheepherder and ranch hand, Gretel Ehrlich has truly done it all. She was born in Santa...

Angela Fisher

2011 Fellow

Angela Fisher is from Adelaide, Australia, and holds a degree in social sciences. Together with Carol Beckwith, she documents traditional ceremonies of African...

Kate Jackson

2011 Fellow

Born: 1972 Hometown: Toronto, Canada Education: Ph.D. in Biology Occupation: Herpetologist specializing in Central Africa venomous snakes Expeditions: Surveying reptiles/amphibians in Central Africa, herpetological expeditions in South and Central...

Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

2011 Fellow

Born: 1970 Hometown: Kampala, Uganda Education: M.A. in Specialized Veterinary Medicine Occupation: Veterinary surgeon, founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda Expeditions: Budongo Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen...

Catherine Powers

2011 Fellow

Born: 1976 Hometown: Denver, CO Education: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences Occupation: Paleontologist Expeditions: Europe and Western U.S. to analyze the distribution and diversity of bryozoans, a group of marine...

Pauline Wiessner

2011 Fellow

Born: 1947 Hometown: Stowe, VT Education: Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ethnology Occupation: Anthropologist Expeditions: 30 years of expeditions to the Kalahari Bushmen and th Enga of Papua New Guinea...

Carol Beckwith

2010 Fellow

Carol Beckwith is a photographer who documents indigenous tribes in Africa. She's done much of her work with Australian photographer Angela Fisher. ...

Susan Dudley

2010 Fellow

Susan Dudley, Ph.D. is a plant evolutionary ecologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, whose early work in plant kin recognition sparked both...

Kate Harris

2010 Fellow

Diverging from her original plan of becoming a scientist and going to Mars, writer and adventurer Kate Harris explores desolate trails in pursuit...

Nina Jablonski

2010 Fellow

Inspired to study natural history by her upbringing on a farm in upstate New York, Nina Jablonski is a biological anthropologist and paleobiologist...

Rosemarie Keough

2010 Fellow

Born: 1959 Hometown: Salt Spring Island, Canada Education: H.B.A. in Business Administration Occupation: Photographer and publisher Expeditions: Antarctica and Arctic, sub-Arctic, and unique Canadian wilderness Favorite Place: In...

Diana Beresford Kroeger

2010 Fellow

Botanist, medical biochemist, author and filmmaker Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger has dedicated her life and career to understanding the underlying beauty, preservation and protection of rare...