National Geographic Names Emerging Explorers

Eleven visionary, young trailblazers from around the world — including a zoologist, anthropologist, cultural storytellers, musician/HIV activist, and marine, wildlife and environmental conservationists — have been named to the 2008 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers.

National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers. The Emerging Explorers each receive a $10,000 award to assist with research and to aid further exploration. PNY Technologies is the mission partner and “flash memory of choice” for the Emerging Explorers Program.

Emerging Explorers for 2008 are social environmental advocate Alexandra Cousteau, of Washington, D.C.; marine conservationist Brad Norman, of Cottesloe, Australia; biological anthropologist Jill Pruetz, of Ames, Iowa; sustainable agriculture and development experts Cid Simões and Paola Segura, of Lauro de Freitas, Brazil; wildlife conservationist Hammerskjoeld Simwinga, of Mpika, Zambia; environmental conservationist Tsetsegee Munkhbayar, of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; humanitarian and musician Zinhle Thabethe, of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; new media cultural storytellers Sol Guy and Josh Thome, of Vancouver, Canada; and zoologist and physiological ecologist Martin Wikelski, of Princeton, N.J.

The new Emerging Explorers are introduced in the February 2008 issue of National Geographic magazine. A Web feature at includes comprehensive profiles of the explorers and their activities. PNY Technologies has launched a microsite to create awareness for the program as well as support the explorers’ research and expeditions.

National Geographic Emerging Explorers may be selected from virtually any field, from the Society’s traditional arenas of anthropology, archaeology, photography, space exploration, earth sciences, mountaineering and cartography to the worlds of art, music and filmmaking.

“National Geographic’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet, and our Emerging Explorers are outstanding adventurers whose endeavors further this mission. We are pleased to honor these exciting new leaders who are setting out on promising careers. They represent tomorrow’s Edmund Hillarys, Jacques Cousteaus and Dian Fosseys,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Mission Programs.

“A key mission of National Geographic over the past 120 years has been to chronicle achievements of explorers,” said Tony Gomez, vice president, sales and marketing, PNY Technologies. “Recognized as the ‘flash memory of choice’ of the Emerging Explorers Program, our new high-speed flash memory cards are able to perform in the most extreme explorer situations, while providing click-to-click performance so you never miss the picture you want. From extreme cold to extreme heat, explorers will be prepared to capture the perfect moment every time.”

National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers are part of the Society’s Explorers Program, which includes 13 Explorers-in-Residence and four National Geographic Fellows.

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