Paul Salopek’s 21,000-mile odyssey is a decade-long experiment in slow journalism. Moving at the beat of his footsteps, Paul is walking the pathways of the first humans who migrated out of Africa in the Stone Age and made the Earth ours. Along the way he is covering the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival—by giving voice to the people who inhabit them every day. His words, as well as his photographs, video, and audio, create a global record of human life at the start of a new millennium as told by villagers, nomads, traders, farmers, soldiers, and artists who rarely make the news.
Photograph by John Stanmeyer
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Anusha Shankar is a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University in New York who studies how hummingbirds balance their daily energetic needs. She is especially fascinated by hummingbirds’ strategy of entering a torpid state at night to save energy. She is now using infrared video to capture the secret nightlife of hummingbirds (they pee in their sleep!). On the way, she is competing with her brother to get to more countries (she's at 14, he's at 10). She also loves salsa and swing dancing, photography, and reading fiction.
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Dr. Dee Boersma is a conservationist dedicated to the study of global warming's impact on penguins. For the last 35 years, she has been successful in stopping both harvesting and the development of oil tanker lanes through Magellanic penguin colonies off the coast of Argentina. Dr. Boersma enjoys the penguin colony because it is noisy, bustling with activity and 100 miles from the nearest city.
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Kristen Ruegg has over 15 years of experience working on migratory birds and is the co-founder and co-director of the Bird Genoscape Project. Kristen oversees research on 14 species of birds and works to bridge partnerships between academia, NGO’s and governmental agencies to translate the science of the Bird Genoscape Project into conservation action.
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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