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Speakers Bureau

Wildlife & Conservation Speakers

Photo: Lion

Photograph by Beverly Joubert

Meet the conservationists who work to protect our world’s critical habitat and biodiversity.

  • Photo: Casey Anderson
    Casey Anderson

    The host of the new Nat Geo WILD series America the Wild, Casey Anderson offers an exiting and personal account of life with wild animals including his best pal Brutus, a nine-year-old grizzly.

  • Photo: Brady Barr
    Brady Barr

    Through tales of his extensive work with alligators, snakes, and other reptiles, Barr shares his passion for science and firsthand observations of a planet in peril.

  • Picture of Steve Boyes
    Steve Boyes

    South African biologist Steve Boyes first gained notoriety for his work protecting endangered bird species; he has since expanded the scope of his life’s work to conserve, protect, and explore one of the most uniquely pristine wetlands on Earth and its richly diverse population of wildlife – the Okavango Delta.

  • Picture of Bryan Christy
    Bryan Christy

    National Geographic Fellow Bryan Christy is one of the preeminent investigative journalists in the world with a passion for exposing wildlife crime.

  • Photo: David Doubilet
    David Doubilet

    Having shot nearly 70 stories for National Geographic, Doubilet swims alone. He has introduced a generation to the wonder of the world’s oceans.

  • Picture of Charlie Hamilton James
    Charlie Hamilton James

    Charlie Hamilton James’s sense of adventure, passion for nature, and coveted wildlife photography skills have taken him from documenting otters and kingfishers in his native England to the depths of the Amazon.

  • Photo: Lions
    Beverly & Dereck Joubert

    Wild Africa would be in far greater peril if not for the tireless efforts of the Jouberts, who have devoted more than 25 years to documenting its majestic wildlife in a race to save countless species—especially lions—from extinction and to help man and beast coexist in greater harmony.

  • Photo: Mattias Klum
    Mattias Klum

    Specializing in portraying and interpreting threatened environments, species, and cultures, Mattias Klum is one of the most important natural history photographers of our time.

  • Photo: Tim Laman
    Tim Laman

    Tim Laman has earned a reputation for capturing images of nearly impossible subjects—from animals that glide through rain forest canopies to some of the most rare and extraordinary birds in the world.

  • Picture of Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom
    Frans Lanting

    Frans Lanting shares tales from two decades of fieldwork in wild places from the Amazon to Antarctica.

  • Photo: Mireya Mayor
    Mireya Mayor

    Fulbright Scholar Mayor was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her work as lead correspondent on National Geographic’s Ultimate Explorer TV series. Mayor can now be seen as a featured host on the new Nat Geo Wild network.

  • Photo: Mark Moffett
    Mark Moffett

    E.O. Wilson’s protégé and recent Lowell Thomas award-winner is brilliant, quirky, and arguably one of the top insect specialists working today.

  • Photo: Michael Nichols
    Michael “Nick” Nichols

    Unadulterated jungle, ferocious tigers, threatened gorillas, and surfing hippos. These are the things that get Nichols up in the morning. His recent book, The Last Place on Earth , documents his more than two decades of work in Africa.

  • Photo: Paul Nicklen
    Paul Nicklen

    Growing up in a small Inuit community, Nicklen spent his early years hunting and traveling on land. He quickly developed exceptional field skills and a keen interest in observing wildlife. Now he’s one of the top photographers specializing in the Arctic and its inhabitants.

  • Photo: Bob Poole
    Bob Poole

    Whether tracking elephants in extreme desert environments of Mali or traveling roadless regions of war-torn Sudan, cameraman Bob Poole captures remarkable moments.

  • Photo: Enric Sala
    Enric Sala

    National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala has dedicated his career to understanding and finding ways to mitigate human impacts on marine life. Now, he is racing to save the last pristine marine ecosystems around the world before it is too late.

  • Photo: Joel Sartore
    Joel Sartore

    Blending a self-deprecating, wry sense of humor with an enthusiasm for his work and a passion for nature, photographer Joel Sartore shares his adventures in the field with National Geographic.

  • Photo: Brian Skerry
    Brian Skerry

    As one of the leading underwater photographers, Skerry has covered a wide range of stories for National Geographic, documenting the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters, the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries, the planet’s last remaining pristine coral reefs, the plight of the right whale, threatened sharks in the Bahamas, and squids. He has emerged as a leading voice for marine conservation.

  • Picture of Steve Winter
    Steve Winter

    Award-winning wildlife photographer and big cat conservationist Steve Winter feels a great responsibility not only for exciting people about the natural world, but also about showing its fascinating people and cultures.

National Geographic Speakers

Speaker name
Sam Abell
   Photographer Photo of Sam Abell
Lynsey Addario
   Photojournalist Photo of Lynsey Addario
Casey Anderson
   Naturalist, TV Host Photo of Casey Anderson
Peter Athans
   Mountaineer, Filmmaker Photo of Peter Athans
Robert Ballard
   Underwater Explorer Photo of Robert Ballard
Brady Barr
   Reptile Expert, TV Host Photo of Brady Barr
Melina Bellows
   Publisher, Editor Photo of Melina Bellows
Lee Berger
   Paleoanthropologist Photo of Lee Berger
Joel K. Bourne Jr.
   Contributing Writer Photo of Joel K. Bourne Jr.
Steve Boyes
   Conservation Biologist Photo of Steve Boyes
Kobie Boykins
   NASA Engineer Photo of Kobie Boykins
John Bredar
   Senior Executive Producer, National Geographic Specials Photo of John Bredar
Kenny Broad
   Cave Diver, Environmental Anthropologist Photo of Kenny Broad
Dan Buettner
   Author, Explorer Photo of Dan Buettner
Bryan Christy
   Investigative Reporter, Fellow Photo of Bryan Christy
Barry Clifford
   Underwater Explorer Photo of Barry Clifford
Jodi Cobb
   Photographer Photo of Jodi Cobb
Michael Davie
   Filmmaker Photo of Michael Davie
Wade Davis
   Cultural Anthropologist, Author Photo of Wade Davis
Dennis Dimick
   Executive Editor, National Geographic Magazine Photo of Dennis Dimick
David Doubilet
   Underwater Photographer Photo of David Doubilet
Sylvia Earle
   Marine Biologist Photo of Sylvia Earle
Andrew Evans
   Travel Journalist Photo of Andrew Evans
John Francis
   Planetwalker, Conservationist Photo of John Francis
Annie Griffiths
   Photographer Photo of Annie Griffiths
David Guttenfelder
   Photojournalist Photo of David Guttenfelder
Charlie Hamilton James
   Photographer, Filmmaker, TV Presenter Photo of Charlie Hamilton James
Kevin Hand
   Planetary Scientist and Astrobiologist Photo of Kevin Hand
Zahi Hawass
   Archaeologist Photo of Zahi Hawass
Fred Hiebert
   Archaeologist Photo of Fred Hiebert
Peter Hillary
   Mountaineer, Author Photo of Peter Hillary
Nizar Ibrahim
   Paleontologist Photo of Nizar Ibrahim
Donald Johanson
   Paleoanthropologist Photo of Donald Johanson
Beverly & Dereck Joubert
   Photographers, Filmmakers, Naturalists Photo of Beverly & Dereck Joubert
Mattias Klum
   Photographer, Filmmaker, Conservationist Photo of Mattias Klum
Robert Kunzig
   Senior Environment Editor, National Geographic Photo of Robert Kunzig
Tim Laman
   Field Biologist, Wildlife Photojournalist Photo of Tim Laman
Frans Lanting
   Photographer, Filmmaker, Writer Photo of Frans Lanting
Albert Yu-Min Lin
   Research Scientist and Engineer Photo of Albert Yu-Min Lin
Greg Marshall
   Biologist, Inventor, Filmmaker Photo of Greg Marshall
Boyd Matson
   Journalist, Adventurer Photo of Boyd Matson
Mireya Mayor
   Primatologist Photo of Mireya Mayor
Pete McBride
   Photographer, Filmmaker, Freshwater Advocate Photo of Pete McBride
Steve McCurry
   Photographer Photo of Steve McCurry
Kim McKay
   Environmentalist, Author Photo of Kim McKay
Mark Moffett
   Ecologist, Photographer Photo of Mark Moffett
Nalini Nadkarni
   Forest Ecologist Photo of Nalini Nadkarni
Michael "Nick" Nichols
   Photographer, Conservationist Photo of Michael "Nick" Nichols
Paul Nicklen
   Photographer, Biologist Photo of Paul Nicklen
Garrett Oliver
   Brewmaster, Author Photo of Garrett Oliver
Børge Ousland
   Polar Explorer Photo of Børge Ousland
Matthieu Paley
   Photographer Photo of Matthieu Paley
Carsten Peter
   Photographer, Filmmaker Photo of Carsten Peter
Bob Poole
   National Geographic Cameraman Photo of Bob Poole
Sandra Postel
   Freshwater Conservationist, Freshwater Fellow Photo of Sandra Postel
Chad Pregracke
   Environmentalist Photo of Chad Pregracke
   Photojournalist and Humanitarian Photo of  Reza
Cory Richards
   Photographer, Climber, 2012 Adventurer of the Year Photo of Cory Richards
Jim Richardson
   Photographer Photo of Jim Richardson
Enric Sala
   Marine Ecologist Photo of Enric Sala
Joel Sartore
   Photographer, National Geographic Fellow Photo of Joel Sartore
William Saturno
   Archaeologist Photo of William Saturno
Paul Sereno
   Paleontologist Photo of Paul Sereno
Brian Skerry
   Underwater Photographer Photo of Brian Skerry
Bryan Smith
   Adventure Filmmaker Photo of Bryan Smith
John Stanmeyer
   Photographer Photo of John Stanmeyer
Zoltan Takacs
   Herpetologist / Toxinologist Photo of Zoltan Takacs
Anand Varma
   Natural History Photographer Photo of Anand Varma
Ed Viesturs
   Mountaineer Photo of Ed Viesturs
Ami Vitale
   Photojournalist Photo of Ami Vitale
Spencer Wells
   Population Geneticist Photo of Spencer Wells
Steve Winter
   Photographer Photo of Steve Winter
Andrew Zolli
   Futurist Photo of Andrew Zolli

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    Photo: Bob Ballard

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  • Annie Griffiths
    Photo: Annie Griffiths

    One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career.

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  • Donald Johanson
    Photo: Donald Johanson

    An accomplished scholar of human origins and the discoverer of the “Lucy” skeleton.

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