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Show your students that science, exploration, and conservation are alive outside of their textbooks. Join a virtual field trip with a National Geographic Explorer!

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MAY 2018: Biodiversity

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.

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Seen from above the ocean surface, the tiny island of Roca Partida appears as two small peaks jutting out from the water. Underwater, however, this remote island of the Revillagigedo Archipelago hosts a rich marine habitat. Here, whitetip reef sharks, Pacific creolefish, barberfish, and Moorish idols populate the reef.

Photograph by Enric Sala

June 2018: Oceans

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!

Upcoming Events

Joe Cutler: Ichthyologist
June 4 | 12:00pm EDT

Joe Cutler: Ichthyologist  

Leeches, bot flies, wasps and tsetse flies – Joe Cutler has been bitten or stung by each one, all in search of tiny freshwater fish. Cutler is a National Geographic Explorer, ichthyologist (someone who studies fish) and conservationist in Central Africa. Over the past four years, Cutler has conducted seven fish sampling expeditions, collecting hundreds of fish species including dozens that are new to science.

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Picture of Katy Croff
June 5 | 9:00am EDT

Katy Croff Bell: Ocean Explorer  

Katy Croff Bell is an ocean explorer who uses deep sea technology to explore what lies at the depths of the ocean. She has participated in or led more than 30 oceanographic and archaeological projects. Her past work involved the utilization of telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. Currently she is developing a partnership between National Geographic and the MIT Media Lab.

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Bob Ballard: Deep Sea Explorer
June 5 | 9:00am EDT

Bob Ballard: Deep Sea Explorer  

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 contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. During his long career he has conducted more than 150 deep sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology. Dr. Ballard also spends a great deal of his time involved in various educational outreach programs. In 2008 he secured the E/V Nautilus, which has become his flagship for exploration.

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Octavia Aburto: Marine Ecologist & Photographer
June 5 | 1:00pm EDT

Octavia Aburto: Marine Ecologist & Photographer  

Octavio Aburto’s research and photographs have focused on marine protected areas and commercially exploited marine species in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the U.S. His photographs have been part of several conservation projects worldwide and have won international photography contests including a gold place in the Our World Underwater 2016.

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Picture of Shah Selbe
June 5 | 3:00pm EDT

Shah Selbe: Conservation Technologist  

Before becoming a conservation technologist, Shah Selbe spent 10 years as a rocket scientist building and launching satellites with Boeing. Now he works with communities, NGOs, and developing countries to identify and deploy technologies that can help with their greatest conservation challenges. He has built drones for coastal monitoring, open-source environmental monitoring sensor networks in the Okavango Delta, acoustic monitoring buoys in the Pacific, seismic recording stations in Canadian glaciers, and much more.

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Ruth Leeney: Conservation Biologist
June 6 | 9:00am EDT

Ruth Leeney: Conservation Biologist  

Ruth Leeney is passionate about conserving the underwater world. She spent a decade researching whales and dolphins. She also founded Protect Africa's Sawfishes to better understand the threats faced by highly endangered sawfishes in the developing world. Her findings have supported global sawfish conservation efforts by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group.

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Andrea Marshall: Marine Biologist & Photographer
June 6 | 9:00am EDT

Andrea Marshall: Marine Biologist & Photographer  

Andrea has traveled to the ends of the globe both as a scientist, researching sharks and rays, and also as a professional underwater photographer. Andrea’s manta ray research program examines aspects of manta biology, reproductive ecology, habitat use, migrations and social behavior. Her discovery of a new giant species of manta ray in 2008 was one of the largest new species to have been described in the last 50 years. She aims to follow this up with a description of a third species of manta ray in 2018.

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Andrea Reid: Biologist & Conservationist
June 7 | 12:00pm EDT

Andrea Reid: Biologist & Conservationist  

Andrea is a fish biologist, diver, and conservationist. Her research blends ecology, physiology, and sociology to study stressed-out fish and fisheries across the globe. Her work has taken her to East Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and the Pacific Northwest. She mixes quantitative and qualitative methods to holistically approach fish conservation and management.

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Picture of Erin Spencer
June 7 | 2:00pm EDT

Erin Spencer: Explorer & Science Communicator  

Andrea is a fish biologist, diver, and conservationist. Her research blends ecology, physiology, and sociology to study stressed-out fish and fisheries across the globe. Her work has taken her to East Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and the Pacific Northwest. She mixes quantitative and qualitative methods to holistically approach fish conservation and management.

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Getting Started

All you need to participate in Explorer Classroom is the ability to access YouTube. Many classrooms also use a projector for bigger and better viewing!

Register Now

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.  
 

Prep your Class

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.
 

See you there!

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.

Archived Hangouts

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!

Meet More Nat Geo Explorers

See the remarkable range of work National Geographic explorers are doing across the globe, and find out how they continue to make an impact as they explore and protect our planet.

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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