Peter Houlihan

Biologist, Photographer, Filmmaker

Wildlife biologist, filmmaker, and National Geographic Explorer Peter Houlihan specializes in coordinating and leading scientific expeditions into some of the planet's least accessible and most threatened tropical rain forests for conservation. Over the past 15 years, he has led more than 35 extensive research expeditions across four continents and more than 20 countries. He is passionate about engaging and working with communities where he works and inspiring others to learn about our natural world. A multilingual photographer, videographer, and producer represented by National Geographic Image Collection, Peter fuses his conservation science with high-impact media to inform broad international audiences about our planet. Peter has received multiple grants from the National Geographic Society to conduct research and lead scientific expeditions across Madagascar over the years, which ultimately resulted in the protection of an extremely threatened tropical rainforest. Having lived and worked in Madagascar for years, Peter is an expert on the lemurs, chameleons, orchids, and butterflies of the island. Elsewhere, he has served as a Director for a conservation NGO (BRINCC) in Indonesian Borneo since 2009, and is a frequent visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, where he is currently producing a documentary film. Globally, Peter's research, conservation work, and science communication have helped lead to the establishment of new protected areas and have resulted in the documentation of species new to science. On camera, he has appeared in National Geographic media, on PBS, and alongside Sir David Attenborough for the BBC. Peter is also an Explorers Club Fellow, a gear tester for Patagonia, and an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers.