Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Current City: Seattle, Washington
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
How did you get started in your field of work?
Conducted a field study on lions in Masai Mara, Kenya, at the age of 19-20 years old. Turned 20 during the study.
What inspires you to dedicate your life to your work?
A desire to help save the planet
What's a normal day like for you?
Data analysis, writing manuscripts and grants, advising students, advising researchers interested in our methods
What has been your favorite experience in the field? The most challenging?
Watching a female baboon give birth was my favorite experience.
What are your other passions?
Playing saxophone, hiking, my family and animals
What do you do in your free time?
Bike, hike, travel, scuba dive, play music, spend time with family
If you could have people do one thing to help reduce the human impact on the planet, what would it be?
Get people to conserve the resources they use in their everyday lives and recognize the impacts of their overconsumption
Latest Explorer News
- How Forensic Technology Can Help Fight the Ivory Trade
- Environmental Forensics: Drones and Advanced Technologies to Track Eco-criminals
- Biotherm & Mission Blue to Collaborate on Hope Spot Expedition in Balearic Islands
- Emerging Explorer Manu Prakash Receives MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’
- Letter-writers make history: President Obama declares first Atlantic Ocean National Monument
- Bear Family Gives Explorers an Unexpected Wake Up Call
- Uniting Against Organized Wildlife Crime
- National Geographic Footage Lost at Sea for 3 Years Has Returned Home
- First U.S. Atlantic Ocean Marine National Monument Is Safe Haven for Sharks, Whales, Corals, and Other Marine Life
- U.S. Ocean Leadership: Getting from 1% to 30% Marine Protection
Meet Our Biologists
Datta explores the conservation challenges facing one of India's last vast tracts of wilderness.
Our Explorers in Action
Meet female explorers who have pushed the limits in adventure, science, and more.