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Meet 25 female explorers and scientists in these inspirational and poignant stories of exploration, courage, and girl power. Along the way, they share lessons learned and words of wisdom sure to inspire the next generation of scientists, adventurers, and world-changers.
Track a volcanologist as she braves the elements atop an active volcano. Travel alongside a mountaineer as she battles stereotypes—and frostbite—to conquer the famed Seven Summits. Join a conservationist on her passionate fight to save lions. Dig with a paleontologist to uncover massive dinosaur fossils, bit by breathtaking bit. These heartfelt stories give readers an insider’s look at the amazing work female explorers at National Geographic (and beyond) are doing in the field to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. No Boundaries sends a positive message to every girl who has ever dreamed or dared to go a little further. Although these explorers’ endeavors are quite adventurous, the lessons they share can inspire all girls, as well as boys, whatever their goals, skills, and interests.
Clare Fieseler, Ph.D. is a National Geographic Explorer, photojournalist, and conservation biologist. She has conducted field research on coral reefs and island ecology across the Caribbean and wider Atlantic Ocean. She is currently a fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History developing new ways to understand and protect marine mammal populations in the Arabian Gulf and beyond. As a journalist, Fieseler has traveled the globe, reporting on emerging environmental problems for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, NPR, and National Geographic, among other outlets.
Gabby Salazar is a National Geographic Explorer, a nature and conservation photographer, and a social scientist. As Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, she has worked on environmental photography projects across the globe, spending months at a time living in tropical rainforests and on tropical islands. Salazar has an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Florida’s School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Science, where she studies environmental marketing.
Dr. Munazza Alam is an astronomer, National Geographic Young Explorer, and postdoctoral researcher at the Carnegie Earth & Planets Laboratory in Washington DC. She received her bachelor's degree in Physics & Astronomy from CUNY Hunter College in 2016 and earned her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard University in 2021. Munazza’s research interests include the detection and detailed characterization of the atmospheres of exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system. Her work involves using data from the Hubble Space Telescope to infer the presence of different molecules in their atmospheres.
Dr. M Jackson is a geographer, glaciologist, and science communicator exploring the intersections of societal transformation, glaciology, and climate change. Jackson is a National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow, and three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Jackson holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon, a Master of Science degree from the University of Montana, serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador, an Expert for National Geographic Expeditions, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. Jackson is an active public speaker and author of the award-winning science books The Secret Lives of Glaciers, and While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change.
Dr. Moreangels Mbizah is conservation biologist working at the intersection of conservation and community development. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Wildlife Conservation Action, an organization focusing on building the capacity of local communities to protect and coexist with wildlife, while improving their livelihoods. Moreangels received her Doctoral Degree in Zoology from the University of Oxford, where she studied African lions in Hwange National Park. Her work on lions was in 2018 featured in a National Geographic short film “One Woman’s Remarkable Journey to Protect Lions”. In 2019 Moreangels was awarded with a TED Fellowship.