Explorers

Photo: A diver in an underwater cave

Photograph by Sam Meacham

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

Houlihan, Peter R.

Pollinator ecology of Darwin's predicted hawkmoth

Madagascar

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

Share

Meet Our Explorers

  • NationalGeographic_1289095-flag.jpg

    Explorers A-Z

    At the heart of our explorers program is the quest for knowledge through exploration and the people who make it possible.

  • Photo: Michael Lombardi diving

    Explorers by Category

    Browse our different areas of exploration and discover the fascinating people behind the projects.

Our Explorers in Action