Zoologist Kristofer Helgen is a National Geographic Explorer
who has led research expeditions to remote areas on almost every continent in his search for undiscovered species. From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the slopes of the Andes, Kris has identified some 100 new mammal species and documented viable populations of animals previously thought to be in major decline or even extinct. Kris is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Adelaide and has served as curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
Kennedy Warne co-founded New Zealand Geographic magazine in 1988, and served as editor until 2004, when he stepped down to pursue his own writing and photography. He has written 14 stories for National Geographic since 2000, including four on New Zealand. He writes mostly about natural history subjects, and specializes in underwater assignments. His work for National Geographic has taken him from the sea ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the mangrove swamps of Bangladesh, from the rainforests of Fiordland to the coral reefs of Arabia. He lives in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, but prefers to spend his time in the overlooked and undiscovered parts of his country, especially its forests, mountains, and multitude of islands.
Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for three decades. A passion for animals and the environment defines his extensive career. Since embarking on that career at the Royal Melbourne Zoo, Jason has been recognized globally for his contributions to science, the environment, and the arts. Among other accolades, he is a two-time winner of the Eureka Prize for Science Photography, three-time winner of Communication Arts Photography Annual, two-time winner of the ProMax Golden Muse, and winner of the Australian Geographic Society's Pursuit of Excellence Award. Jason is an associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and he uses his lens to narrate and highlight issues affecting wildlife, the environment, and indigenous communities. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including National Geographic magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Through his commissioned work and as the face of the National Geographic Channel’s Pure Photography, he has taken his storytelling to dozens of countries and to every continent. Jason is also an author of science education books, and his imagery has appeared in everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters.
Geographer David Scott
Silverberg (Ph.D. MIT,
postdoc Harvard) has traveled
extensively in Australia,
studying the biodiversity of
this island continent. He has
also worked throughout New
Zealand researching the geologic development
of its Southern Alps, and conducting fieldwork
with the New Zealand Department of
Conservation on its South Island Kiwi restoration
project. He has joined numerous expeditions for
travelers to both countries. David has served as
executive director for Research at EarthWatch
Institute and helped launch AmeriCorps’
environmental programs. He is a fellow of the
Explorers Club, the Royal Africa Society, the
Royal Geographical Society, the Australian Royal
Geographic and the Royal Asia Society.