Photograph by Bruce Dale
Biodiversity refers to all the different kinds of organisms within a given area, including plants, animals, fungi, and other living things. All species are interconnected. With less biodiversity, these connections weaken and sometimes break, harming all the species in the ecosystem. Human activity has changed the natural processes of extinction and evolution; scientists estimate that species are dying out at hundreds of times the natural rate.
May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, and Explorer Classroom is celebrating all month long! Our National Geographic Explorers will tell your classroom about the work they do, the ecosystems they love, and what we can all do to help protect our planet’s biodiversity.
Mikayla Wujec is dedicated to building a sustainable future through research, education and compelling storytelling. Her work fuses technology, storytelling and research to educate and empower people to generate positive solutions for our planet.
Mikayla's work is largely focused on water; she has led marine conservation expeditions around the globe. Mikayla and her team are currently working on the project Reef to Aquarium, which documents the global saltwater aquarium fish trade. This ongoing project connects diverse audiences to the little known, multi-billion dollar global trade of aquarium fish.
Photograph courtesy Mikayla Wujec
Photograph by Enric Sala
The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface. It contains about 324 million cubic miles of water, which is about 97 percent of all the water on Earth. The ocean makes all life on Earth possible! Celebrate World Ocean Day with Explorer Classroom this June!
Register for an Explorer Classroom session by clicking the “Register Now” button. You’ll find the link to the live stream on the registration form.
The first six classrooms to register will be awarded on-camera spots.* Those classrooms will have the opportunity to interact with the featured Explorer directly—just like in a Skype call. If you are one of the chosen classrooms , you’ll hear from your host Joe Grabowski or a Nat Geo staff member by email at least one week before the event.
If you do not secure an on-camera spot, no worries! An unlimited number of people can watch live, and anyone can ask questions by tweeting #ExplorerClassroom.
Tune in at the scheduled time and date! The live stream link is on the form you used to register.
If you can’t join live, you can catch up later. All Explorer Classroom sessions will be archived on YouTube.
*Please Note: Explorer Classroom sessions are live events hosted on YouTube. They are open to the public and recorded. Please share these terms with parents of students who will participate live on camera. If any parents or students prefer not to be on camera, please accommodate their wishes in your classroom.
All Explorer Classroom hangouts are recorded so you can review them a second time or save them for just the right moment in the semester. Browse our archive to start exploring now!
Bob Ballard is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the sunken R.M.S. Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other shipwrecks.
Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments.
Marina is a biological Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer and Becca is an American Archaeologist.
Cristina is a photographer, marine biologist and founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).
Jess Cramp is a shark researcher, marine conservationist and National Geographic Explorer.
Ben Mirin is a sound artist, educator, National Geographic Explorer and television host.
Erika Bergman is a submersible pilot, a virtual reality engineer, and an enthusiastic ocean explorer.
Photos: Ben Mirin by Drew FUlton, Erika Bergman by Barry Brown, Andrew Stein by Katy Daily, Carlton Ward Jr. by Mac Stone, Ricardo Moreno by Mauro Colombo, Shivani Bhalla courtesy Shivani Bhalla, Paola Bouley courtesy Paola Bouley, Steve Winter courtesy Steve Winter