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The Explorers Club’s Next Generation Explorers Network (NGEN) is a network for the ascending generation of Explorers Club members.
In 2019, NGEN hosted a Speaker Series at ECAD weekend, showcasing new technologies, tools, and ideas. This year, the Club’s next generation of explorers will be meeting at Club headquarters on ECAD Saturday to share their recent fieldwork. Speakers will be joining from the Faroe Islands, Alaska, Panama, Belgium, California, and more. Head to the Club on Saturday, April 23, and meet the next generation of explorers mapping caves, tracking turtles, locating lost archaeological sites, researching whalesharks, and much more.
10:30am coffee & light breakfast, 11:00am program begins
No reservations are required, Members and their guests are welcome. No ECAD tickets are required.
Streaming live here on explorers.org, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook Live — Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 am ET.
What is the Wild Worth?
Cayte Bosler’s investigative journalism and environmental research covers the intersections of climate change, biodiversity and wildlife, policy, public health, and the economy. She focuses on solutions-oriented communication.
Throughout her career, she has researched the vanishing Colorado River, mapped biodiversity in the Bolivian Amazon and Cuba, trekked to an extreme altitude ecosystem in the Peruvian Andes in search of the elusive Andean mountain cat, and boated through the mangrove-filled estuaries of Guatemala, a vital and threatened stopover for migratory birds— all to chronicle solutions to protect the natural world. Most recently, she has reported from the frontlines of Indigenous and allied community resistance against extractive projects in the United States SW. She currently resides in the Adirondacks where she chronicles the effects of climate change on the 6 million-acre protected area. She likes snails.
Empowering the Next Generation of Women Arctic Leaders
Grace is an explorer, researcher, and entrepreneur who has worked extensively in the polar regions. Her exploration journey started in 2018 when she completed a research project and book that focused on the cultural and culinary traditions of the small communities throughout the North Atlantic Ocean. She conducted similar work in 2019 on cuisine and culture in Greenland, Labrador, and Newfoundland. In 2020 and 2022 Grace worked on ships to the Antarctic and South Georgia as a Passenger Service Manager. Since graduating from Princeton University in 2019 Grace founded Starling Guides, a travel guide start-up. In 2022, Grace joined Google as a member of the sales and marketing team. As a member of the November 2022 Sea Women Expeditions voyage to Arctic Norway, Grace will be documenting the voyage, capturing the stories and experiences of the dynamic group of women aboard the ship.
Discovering one of Africa’s Biggest Whale Shark Population in Remote Madagascar
Originally from Belgium, and with a background in ecological research, Stella founded The Madagascar Whale Shark Project in 2016 after having worked in the country before and realising no work was being done on the species.
Stella initiated this multi-disciplinary, collaborative project with the aim to gather novel data on endangered whale sharks, support the development of sustainable tourism locally, as well as empower communities on the ground to protect the world’s biggest fish. At this stage Stella’s team has identified more than 400 juvenile whale sharks off North-Western Madagascar, which have never been observed anywhere else in the world. The project also leads awareness activities locally, such as establishing best-practice guidelines for tourism operators and education programs across schools, as well as initiating pioneering research and leading expeditions in this understudied area.
Exploring the Movement Patterns of Fish on Offshore Oil & Gas Platforms
Ami Everett is a marine scientist and fisheries data analyst for Blue Latitudes LLC – a women-owned marine environmental consulting firm who unites science, policy, and communication to create innovative solutions for the complex ecological challenges associated with the offshore industry. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Georgia and a M.S. in Fisheries from Auburn University. Ami has extensive experience in acoustic telemetry, conventional fish tagging and conducting reef community surveys. She also teaches marine biology courses at the University of North Georgia.
Finding the First Alamo- Mapping the San Francisco Solano Mission Complex
Eric Herrera is a young neuroscientist and archaeologist. Growing up on the banks of the Rio Grande, he has always loved exploration and adventure. He has been on geological expeditions studying hydrocarbon sources all over the US, medical anthropology expeditions in Mexico and Ghana, and is currently planning bio-prospecting expeditions with other Explorers Club members to the Red Sea and the Arctic to find microorganisms useful in industrial chemistry. His day job is testing new antidotes for chemical weapons with the US Department of Defense where he is a medical corps officer in the Navy.
Xunaan-Ha Cave Exploration in the name of Aquifer Conservation
Rannva Joermundsson, originally from the Faroe Islands, lives in Cornwall, UK, where she works for diving equipment manufacturers fourth element and Shearwater Research.
Beyond working with B2B sales, she assists with product development, product testing, photoshoots, writing blogs and representing the brand as a fourth element team diver.
Rannva has been diving since 2008 and is a dive instructor, technical diver, CCR diver and cave diver.
Amongst her latest projects, Rannva was expedition divemaster on a private expedition to Antarctica in 2020, where her first continental landing was by helicopter and where she dived in a submarine.
She was also an invited member of the Xunaan-Ha Cave Exploration expedition in Mexico in November 2021, which was supported by Rolex as part of its Perpetual Planet initiative.
Her next project is a cave exploration project in Sulawesi, Indonesia, planned for 2023.
Satellite-Derived Bathymetry and Other Tools for Mapping the Arctic Ocean
Natalie Treadwell is an artist, cartographer, and explorer from Anchorage, Alaska. She
is a member of the North Pacific Alaska Chapter of the Explorers Club and was among the 2016
cohort of Adventure Canada Young Explorers. She received a M.S. in Geographic Information
Science and Technology (’22) from the Spatial Science Institute and a B.A. in Fine Art and
Design (’19) from the Roski School of the Arts. She is passionate about the Arctic and strives to
create artistic and cartographic representations of northern spaces. In this golden age of
exploration, she hopes to continue discovering old places with new technology and mediums of
representation. More of their work can be found at www.susitnavisions.com.
Callie A. Veelenturf, MSc.
Discovering Endangered Treasures in the Pearl Islands, Panama
Callie Veelenturf is a marine conservation biologist, National Geographic Explorer, and United Nations Youth Representative of The Explorers Club (FN ’18), dedicated to protecting the oceans and wildlife. She received a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology with a minor in Wildlife Conservation Biology. She gained her MSc. in Biology through modelling the effects of sea level rise and climate change on the present and projected reproductive success of leatherback and green sea turtles on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. For World Wildlife Day 2019 she spoke on behalf of ocean wildlife at the United Nations Headquarters as a Youth for Wildlife Conservation Ambassador, and for the Global Landscapes Forum at the UN in September 2019, she was the Youth Representative for the Oceans. Sea turtle conservation has brought her to various countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa, and she has established an organization called The Leatherback Project (TLP) for the conservation of leatherback turtles throughout their global range through community empowerment, research and activism. Currently TLP is working internationally with local governments and communities for the conservation of endangered species and protection of ocean ecosystems.
Pixel Walking Across Alaska’s Brooks Range
Russell Wong came to Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage to complete a B.A. in outdoor studies. His work as an undergraduate focused on using modern wilderness travel styles to complete scientific field work in remote areas. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in environmental science has been involved in the Brooks Range vegetation research for the past few years.
Pixel Walking Across Alaska’s Brooks Range
Maddy Zietlow was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She recently graduated from Alaska Pacific University with a B.S. in marine an environmental science with a concentration in arctic ecology. Her work at APU involved comparing vegetation data from the field to satellite imagery. As a part of Dr. Roman Dial’s lab, she has spent the last two years studying the impacts of climate change on vegetation in the Brooks Range of Alaska.
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