Explorers

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The NGS/Waitt Grant Program has funded 148 projects. Our grantees are conducting research in the following sciences around the world:

ARCHAEOLOGY

Begley, Christopher
Three-dimensional Scanning of Rock Art in Honduras: A New Approach to 3D Imaging in Remote Areas
Honduras

Canuto, Marcello A.
Preliminary Archaeological Investigation of El Achiotal: A Preclassic Lowland Maya Site in Western Petén
Guatemala

Cline, Eric H.
Emergency Excavation of Possible Royal Canaanite Tombs at Tel Kabri, Israel
Israel

Frohlich, Bruno
Human Occupations in the Gobi Desert. The Search for Burial Mounds and Caves.
Mongolia

Garrison, Thomas G.
Remote Sensing the Ancient Maya Landscape
Guatemala

Geurds, Alexander
Charting the Past of Central Nicaragua: A Reconnaissance of the Amerrisque Mountains
Nicaragua

Hutson, Scott R.
Ancient Maya Political and Economic Transformations: Settlement Survey of the Ucí Inter-site Causeway, Yucatan, Mexico
Mexico

Keogh, Eamonn J
Understanding the Evolution of Petroglyphs Through Space and Time
United States

Kingsley, Melanie
After the end: a Look at a Maya Site After the Classic Period Collapse
Guatemala

Knabb, Kyle A.
Wadi Feid Expedition
Jordan

Lin, Albert Yu-min
The Valley of the Khans Project
Mongolia

Magnoni, Aline
Understanding Chichen Itza's Polity: Archaeological Investigations at X'telhu, Yucatan, Mexico
Mexico

Martin, Scott W. J.
The Mesolithic Fisher-Gatherer-Hunters of Northwestern Ireland
Ireland

Moore, Jerry D.
In the Desert Between the Seas: Prehistoric Cultural Landscapes in Northern Baja California
Mexico

Morgan, Christopher
Wind River High Altitude Archaeology Project
United States

Myers, Adrian T.
Canadian National Parks Internment Camp Archaeology Project
Canada

Negus Cleary, Michelle L.
Remote Sensing Survey of Kazakly-yatkan Site, Uzbekistan: Urban settlement, Fortified Refuge or Sacred Center?
Uzbekistan

Pezzarossi, Guido
Highland Maya Colonial Archaeology Project
Guatemala

Pimentel, Gonzalo
The Atacama Geoglyph Project, Norte Grande, Chile
Chile

Polkinghorne, Martin
The Artists of Angkor: Production and Distribution of Sculpture from the Royal Palace Workshop
Cambodia

Porr, Martin
Return to Oomarri: Dating and preserving north-western Australian Indigenous rock-art
Australia

Pryce, Thomas O
The Hunt for Ancient Metalworkers and the Prehistory of the sub-Himalayan Silk Road in Nagaland, Northeast India
India

Ryzewski, Krysta
Endangered Pasts and Present: Survey and Landscape Archaeology on Montserrat, West Indies
Montserrat

Scherer, Andrew K
In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler: Rediscovery of Ancient Maya Sites in the Central Portion of the Usumacinta Valley
Mexico

Shea, John J.
Later Stone Age Hunter-Gatherers and Herders in West Turkana, Kenya: 2008 Field Survey
Kenya

Slater, Donald A.
Seeking Xibalba: Preliminary Investigations of the Central Yucatan Archaeological Cave Project
Mexico

Smyth, Michael P.
The Beginnings of Complex Society in the Puuc Region: Archaeological Survey and Excavation at Xcoch, Yucatan, Mexico
Mexico

Thompson, Jessica C.
Testing Hypotheses of the Emergence and Dispersal of Modern Humans with a Long Middle Stone Age Sequence from Malawi
Malawi

Tsukamoto, Kenichiro
Retrieving the Ancient History of Intermediate elites: An Exploration of the Guzmán
Hieroglyphic Stairway at El Palmar, Campeche, Mexico
Mexico

Vigliani, Silvina A.
Spiritual Paintings and Liminal Places Between Comca'ac
Mexico

ARCHAEOLOGY: UNDERWATER

Beeker, Charles D.
Remote Sensing Survey for Nuestra Señora de Begoña: A Lost 18th Century Spanish Merchant Ship
Dominican Republic

Creasman, Pearce Paul
Search for the Lost Ships of a Pharaoh: A Geophysical Survey at the Pyramid Complex of Senwosret III
Egypt

Ford, Ben
War of 1812 Shipwrecks Project
United States

Gusick, Amy E.
Mal de Mer no Mas: Searching for Early Underwater Sites in the Sea of Cortez
Mexico

Gusick, Amy E.
Mal de Mer no Mas II: Searching for Early Underwater Sites in the Sea of Cortez
Mexico

Hiebert, Fredrik T.
Lake Issyk Kul Underwater Archaeology Reconnaissance
Kyrgyzstan

Horlings, Rachel L.
Micro-Sampling and Remote Sensing: Better Understandings of Historic Shipwrecks in Central Coastal Ghana
Ghana

Ortiz Sotelo, Jorge A.
Epic Battles on the South Sea: Nautical Archaeology on the Peruvian Coast, Exploratory Research
Peru

Peterson, John A
Marigondon Cave, Cebu, Philippines: Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Investigations
Phillipines

Pollack, John C.
Exploring the Ghost Ship of the Yukon - the A.J.Goddard
Canada

Richards, Nathan T.
Wrecks and wrecking in St. Georges Island, Bermuda: An Archaeology and History of Economic Opportunism
Bermuda

Sasaki, Randall J.
The Mongol Invasion of Vietnam: Revealing the Secret of The Battle of Bach Dang
Vietnam

Schwarz, George R.
Reconstructing the Steamboat Phoenix
United States

Von der Porten, Edward P.
Galleon in the Dunes
Mexico

Wickham-Jones, Caroline R.
Drowned Stone Age Settlement of the Bay of Firth, Orkney, Scotland
Scotland

BIOLOGY


Aburto-Oropeza, Octavio
An Expedition to the Last Untamed Mexican River and its Influence for the Sustainability of Wetlands in the Gulf of California
Mexico

Amato, Katherine R
Gut microbes and foraging behavior in wild, black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra).
Mexico

Barham, Peter
3D Video Biometric Passports for Animals
South Africa

Bennett, Victoria J.
Exploring the Variations in Landscape Permeability Among Butterflies: A Study to Inform the Conservation Efforts of Rare Species
United States

Bichain, Jean-Michel
Exploration and Subterranean Biodiversity Assessment of Africa’s Longest Cave: Win-Timdouine
Morocco

Bone, Ruth E.
Floristic inventory of the coastal savannahs of French Guiana
French Guiana

Boubli, Jean P.
Primate Biodiversity in the Brazilian Pantepui: In Search of New Species
Brazil

Caro, Tim M.
Solving the Riddle of the Zebra
Tanzania

Clark, Rulon W.
Understanding Predator-prey Signaling Interactions: The Dynamics of Anti-snake Displays in Ground Squirrels and Kangaroo Rats
United States

Curran, Michael P.
Biodiversity Monitoring of the Bats (Order Chiroptera) in the Montane Ecosystems of Southeastern Africa
Mozambique

Dabek, Lisa F.
Tree Kangaroo Canopy Behavior
Papua New Guinea

Dalerum, Fredrik
Ecological Effects of Lions in the Lapalala Wilderness Area
South Africa

Day, Julia
Understanding why Africa's Lake Tanganyika is so Biodiverse
Tanzania

Dupuis, Cindy J.
Restoration Model for Lowland Wet Forests of Hawai'i
Hawai’i

Farris, Zach J.
Carnivore Ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Eastern Madagascar
Madagascar

Funk, W. Chris
Uncovering Cryptic Species of Amazonian Rainforest Frogs
Ecuador

Holtgrieve, Gordon W.
Deciphering the Energetic Base for the World's Largest Freshwater Fishery
Cambodia

Huck, Maren
Predators of an Owl Monkey Population in the Argentinean Chaco
Argentina

Galindo-Cardona, Alberto
Use of Remote Sensors to Detect Drone Congregation Areas of Apis mellifera in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Gill, Ian D.
Predator-Prey Dynamics of Bears and Salmon at McNeil River, Alaska
Alaska

Greeney, Harold F.
Breeding biology of Antpittas (Formicariidae) in the Ecuadorian Andes
Ecuador

Greenwald, Katherine R.
Landscape Ecology and Conservation Genetics of Unisexual Ambystoma Salamanders in Ohio
United States

Gursky, Sharon L.
Population Density of Pygmy Tarsiers
Indonesia

Hirsch, Ben
Seeing and Smelling the Enemy through the Trees - Predator-prey Interactions in a Tropical Forest
Panama

Jensen, Olaf P.
Can Climate and Land-use Change Drive Biotic Homogenization of Fish Communities in a Large, Deep, and Pristine Lake?
Mongolia

Kafley, Hemanta
Evaluation of Tiger Corridors: Habitat Occupancy by Tiger Prey Species across Terai Arc
Landscape (TAL) of Nepal
Nepal

Leite Pitman, Renata
Unraveling the Secret Life of the Short-eared Dog with Crittercams and GPS Telemetry
Peru

MacNulty, Daniel R.
Establishing an Investigation of Climate Change Impacts on Wolf-Prey Dynamics in the High Arctic
Canada

Mapes, Royal
The Unknown Nautilus
Indonesia

McEntee, Jay P.
Bird Song, Sexual Selection, and Sky Island Speciation in the Eastern Afromontane
Tanzania

O’Donnell, Sean
Bivouac Checking: Automated Tracking of a Complex Cognitive Task in the Field
Costa Rica

Randles, John W.
Geographical Distribution of Coconut Cadang-cadang Viroid in Sri Lankan Wild and Cultivated Cocos nucifera and other Tropical Monocotyledons
Sri Lanka

Redden, Karen M.
Biodiversity of the Guiana Highlands: Botanical Exploration of Mount Tulameng
French Guiana

Reeder, DeeAnn M.
Mammals of Southern Sudan: Exploring Biodiversity in a Former Conflict Zone
Sudan

Renner, Susanne S.
Finding and Bringing into Cultivation the Closest Relatives of Cucumber, Cucumis sativus
Thailand/India/Vietnam

Salerno, Patricia E.
Treefrogs atop Tepuis: Immigrants or Natives to the Lost World?
Venezuela

Shaw, Allison K.
Christmas Island Red Crabs: A Model Migratory System
Ocean Islands

Shepard, Emily
Free as a Bird? Highways, Byways and no-Fly Zones of the Andean Condor
Argentina

Sherrow, Hogan M.
Wild Chimpanzee Behavioral Ecology at Kansara, Kibale National Park, Uganda
Uganda

Skelly, David K
The Landscape Ecology of Amphibian Intersex
United States

Solari, Sergio
Taxonomic and Ecological Diversity of Mammals within Parque Nacional "Los Katios," Northwestern Colombia
Colombia

Terborgh, John W.
Role of Megafauna in Forest Dynamics
Gabon


Thapa, Kanchan
Forgotten Tigers of Churia Habitat and Their Ecology in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Nepal

Thorbjarnarson, John B.
Reproductive Dynamics of the Black Caiman in the Brazilian Amazon
Brazil

Trujillo Gonzalez, Fernando
Estimation of Abundance of the River Dolphins Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis in Two Main Rivers of Peru and Brazil
Brazil/Peru

Tse, Peter U.
Camera-Trapping in the Most Remote Valley of the Barisan Range of Sumatra
Indonesia

Vasey, Natalie
Nesting of Young in Red Variegated Lemurs (Varecia rubra) of the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar
Madagascar

Wangchuk, Tshewang R.
Snow Leopard Population Status and its Relation to Livestock Predation in Bhutan, and Population Connectivity across its Global Range
Bhutan

Weir, Jason T.
Rates of Vocal and Plumage Evolution across a Latitudinal Gradient
Peru

Yorzinski, Jessica L.
Through the Eyes of Females: Individual Mating Preferences and Multiple Male Traits
United States

GEOGRAPHY


Benn, Douglas
Catastrophic Lake Drainage; Investigation of Hazard Evolution in the Khumbu Himal, Nepal
Nepal

Carmody, Padraig R.
The Geography of Asian Manufacturing in Africa: The Zambian Case
Zambia

Dinero, Steven C.
Living on Thin Ice: A Study of Subsistence Activity in an Age of Climate Change and Development in the Alaskan Arctic
Alaska

Gardiner, Edward
Eco-hydrologic Mapping in the Lower Congo River
Democratic Republic of Congo

Kochel, Craig
Impact of Arctic Warming and Deglaciation on Periglacial Processes and Landform Evolution in Alpine Escarpments
Alaska

Krawchuk, Meg
Burning Questions: Assessing Fire's Role in Protected Areas Management of Southwestern China.
China

Suarez, Luis F.
Biomass Burning and Air Pollution in Southern Amazon of Peru
Peru

Sullivan, Alan P.
Determining the Regional Extent of Aboriginal Occupation with High-Resolution Satellite-Based Predictive Models
United States


GEOLOGY

Acevedo, Rogelio
Exploration, Mapping and Petrological and Geochemical Sampling on the Bajada del Diablo Impact Strewn Field.
Argentina

Byers, Alton C.
The Threat from Above: A Reconnaissance of New and Dangerous Glacial Lakes in the Mt. Everest and Makalu-Barun National Parks,
Nepal

Byers, Alton C.
The Threat from Above II: Risk Assessment of New and Potentially Dangerous Glacial Lakes in the Hongu Valley, Makalu-Barun National Park,
Nepal

Harris, Richard J. D.
Exploration and Biosurvey of the Pearse Resurgence, New Zealand
New Zealand

Ferriere, Ludovic
Expedition to a Probable Meteorite Impact Structure in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo

Hormes, Anne
Icebound - Reconstruction of the Weichselian Ice Sheet Geometry on Svalbard - Providing Boundary Conditions for Climate and Uplift Models
Norway

OCEANOGRAPHY


Bushnell, Peter G.
Conservation and Natural History of the Greenland Shark
Greenland

Chapple, Taylor
Shark Navigation: Manipulating the Perceived Magnetic Field in Free-Swimming Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks (Sphyrna lewini)
Mexico

Consuegra del Olmo, Sofia
Coping with Environmental Stress and Loss of Genetic Diversity in the Tropics
Belize

Frank, Carolin
Biogeography of Coral-Associated Bacterial Communities
Mexico

Gazda, Stefanie K.
Individual Niche Specialization in a Top Marine Predator
United States

Gillis, J. Andrew
Embryonic Development of the Elephant Fish, Callorhinchus milii, and the Evolution of Cartilaginous Fishes
New Zealand

Goetze, Erica
Global Plankton Genetics Project: Sampling a Longitudinal Transect Across the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean

Greenwood, William T.
Foraging Where Nothing but Darkness Exists: The Invertebrate Food Web of a Submarine Spring
United States

Hoffmayer, Eric R.
Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Northern Gulf of Mexico Whale Shark Population
United States

Lombardi, Michael R
2010 | In 'TOTO' Deep : a Pilot Scale Survey of the Biology and Geology of the Tongue Of The Ocean to 120m.
Bahamas

Pitman, Robert L.
A New Living Species of Whale at Palmyra Island?
Line Islands

Raubenhemer, David
Are Gannets the Bees of the Sea?
New Zealand

Sanchez, Juan Armando
Fungal disease host range, progression, and prevalence in gorgonian corals at Eastern Pacific reefs
Colombia

Summers, Adam Parsons Long Term Movement of Mantas off the Yucatan Peninsula
Mexico

Ugalde, Igaratza Fraile
Identifying the Natal Homing of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in the Bay of Biscay Analyzing the Chemical Composition of Otoliths
Spain

Wallen, Rhia G
Reproduction of Red Tree Coral in Alaska
Alaska

Whitney, Nicholas M.
The Use of Acceleration Data Loggers to Quantify Shark Mating Behaviors, Sexual Selection, and Mating Systems
United States


Cobb, Kim M.
Fingerprinting Climate Change in Tropical Pacific Corals
Line Islands

Flynn, Adrian J.
Deployment of Benthic and Midwater Autonomous Camera Systems in Deep-Sea Environments of the Coral Sea
Ocean Islands

Gruber, David F.
The Luminous Life of Deep Coral Reefs
Israel

Horton, Benjamin F.
Cocos Island Sea Mount Conservation Project
Costa Rica

Palma, Alvaro T.
Before-After Assessment of the Impact of the Tsunami Disturbance on the Ecology of the Shallow Water Benthic Community of Robinson Crusoe Island
Chile

Meacham, Samuel Standish
Bel Ha/Sian Ka'an Water Protection Project
Mexico

PALEONTOLOGY


Carney, Ryan M
Archaeopteryx, the Icon of Evolution: Reconstructing the Color of the First Bird
Germany

DeGusta, David
Human Origins - Fossils and Stone Tools in the Southern Weyto Jungle, Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Goswami, Anjali
High Arctic Faunal Response to Rapid Climate Change in the Palaeogene
Norway

Hlusko, Leslea J.
Survey for New Paleoanthropological Sites in Tanzania
Tanzania

Lacy, Sarah
Transitional Homo Project: Loiyangalani Summer 2010
Kenya

Li, Qiang
Reconnaissance for Fossil Vertebrates in the Zanda Basin, Southwestern Tibetan Plateau
Tibet

Longrich, Nicholas R.
Paleontology of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary in the Arctic of the Northwest Territories, Canada: Asteroids and the Arctic
Canada

O'Connor, Patrick M.
Late Cretaceous Vertebrate Paleontology in Africa: Field Reconnaissance in the Southern Desert of Egypt
Egypt

Rivera, Mario A.
Las Rojas, a Mastodon Site in Northern Chile
Chile

Rosenberger, Alfred L.
Monkey Fossils from the Dominican Republic: an Underwater Cave Reconnaissance
Dominican Republic

Rossie, James
Urgent Excavation of a Miocene Ape Skeleton
Kenya

Simons, Elwyn L
Exploration for Giant Lemur and Associated Subfossils in Cave Sites on the Mikoboka Plateau, SW Madagascar
Madagascar

Smith, Krister T
Life at World's End: In Search of Fossils in Southern Mexico from the Warmest Interval of the Cenozoic
Mexico

Stambaugh, Michael C.
Recovering a Buried Climate Treasure: Ancient Forests Beneath the U.S. Agricultural Heartland
United States

Zalmout, Iyad S.
Eocene Whales and Sea Cows of Siwa Oasis, Western Desert of Egypt
Egypt

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