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Enric Sala

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Marine ecologist Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who combines science, exploration and media to help restore marine life. Sala’s scientific publications are used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine protected areas. 2005 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2006 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

Pristine Seas: New Caledonia Expedition Begins

Last year the governments of New Caledonia and Australia announced their commitment to create a large marine park in the Coral Sea, but a large portion has barely been explored. This team is about to change that.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: First Look at Post-Expedition Discoveries

SEP. 9 2013, WASHINGTON DC — Scientists and expedition co-leaders, Dr. Enric Sala and Dr. Maria Gavrilo, published a summary of August 2013 National Geographic and Russian Arctic National Park expedition to comprehensively survey the land and waters of Franz Josef Land, sponsored by Blancpain, Davidoff Cool Water, Patagonia and Mares. Interview conducted by Lucie…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: What We’ve Accomplished So Far

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: …And Then There Was This Other Iceberg

“We’re being attacked by a swimming polar bear?” was Andy Mann’s first thought as the team has a close encounter with a dangerous iceberg.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Visions Above and Below the Icy Waves

Photographer Andrey Kamenev catches the scene as Enric and team document the process of ice algae sampling.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: The Underwater Colors of the Arctic

The early explorers were heroic in their efforts to explore and survey, but missed most of the living space of the Arctic: its underwater world. During our expedition to Franz Josef Land we are discovering this unknown world beneath the surface, and unveiling a colorful kaleidoscope.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: (Halfway Point) Camaraderie, Collaboration & New Discoveries

Lucie McNeil sat down with Maria Gavrilo, Deputy Director of Science, Russian Arctic National Park, Franz Josef Land for a mid-expedition update.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Closer Look at Russia’s Arctic National Park

We asked Irina Skalina, Head of the Education & Outreach Group, Arctic National Park today to share some of what her team is working on aboard the MS Polaris.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: A Day in Photos

The expedition continues on and for the team, it’s business as usual. The crew arrives at Burke Bay on Luigi Island, one of 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land archipelago. Team members Forrest and Paul hike to the glacier to prepare for a longer transect. Meanwhile, the first heli-cam take-off to film Cape Flora’s lively walrus haul-out in the channel is a success. Walruses, known to be aggressive at times, have maintained civility and even permit their pictures to be taken by the expedition photographers!

Franz Josef Land Expedition: “Exceeding Every Expectation”

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Oh Give Me a Home, Where the Walruses Roam

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures…

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Walruses in the Mist

The National Geographic media team makes a new friend—a young walrus tags along as the team explores the archipelago.

Franz Josef Land Expediton: Ice and Giant Sea Spiders

This giant species of sea spider was found for the first time during the Leigh-Smith 1881 expedition to Franz Josef Land. The team may be the first people ever to photograph it in its natural environment.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: First Arctic Dive!

The team finally makes it to shore after three days aboard the MS Polaris. Eager to get into the water, the divers brave the extreme cold to catch a glimpse the sea creatures living beneath the surface.

Franz Josef Land Expedition: Land Ho!

Photographer Andrey Kameney captures the first sighting of land- Alexandra Land- one of 191 islands that make up the greater archipelago Franz Josef Land.