Prasenjeet Yadav

National Geographic Explorer and science communicator Prasenjeet Yadav was exposed to nature at a very early age—much of his childhood was spent exploring the forests near a rural village in central India. Yadav studied molecular ecology at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India, but realized early in his scientific career that his real passion was for storytelling. Now, he combines his experience in research with his photography skills to popularize ecological and conservation sciences.

His projects have covered sensitive issues such as climate change and its effects in the high elevation Himalaya, and how windmills impact the surrounding ecosystems, raising questions about how “green” our green energy is. Yadav is a founding member of “Shoot for Science,” an initiative that trains scientists in science communication.

With his National Geographic grant, he produced a story on the evolution of species in the Shola Sky Islands of the Western Ghats, which was published and exhibited at Telluride, Banff, and the National Centre for Biological Sciences, among other places. He is represented by National Geographic Creative, and he is currently working in the Western Ghats and northeast India.