Meet Our Experts
National Geographic Emerging Explorer and grantee David Gruber is a marine biologist and ocean explorer who searches the undersea world for bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine animals. On land, he designs submersibles and cameras to better capture and understand the secret “language” of shining colors and patterns that many marine creatures use to communicate, interact, and avoid enemies. David is excited to join our students in Belize, where he first developed his interest in glowing marine creatures. David joined the Belize expedition in 2017. Expert information for 2018 coming soon.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer and grantee Shah Selbe believes technology could be the answer to solving complex conservation issues around the world. His project, Conservify, is focused on using technology to empower local communities to change our oceans’ future. His projects have integrated crowdsourcing, smartphone apps, drones and acoustic sensors to address ocean conservation issues including illegal poaching, overfishing and the monitoring of Marine Protected Areas. Recently, Shah returned from an expedition in support of the Okavango Wilderness Project– a collaboration between four National Geographic explorers that aims to monitor the health of Botswana’s Okavango River Delta and protect this vast wilderness area for future generations. Shah joined the Belize expedition in 2017. Expert information for 2018 coming soon.