Acclaimed photographer David Doubilet FN'01 is an Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award winner. Come hear interviewer Jim Clash FR’99 probe David about his amazing work for National Geographic Magazine (he has done over 60 stories since his first assignment in 1971); David's invention of the split lens camera, which allows him to take pictures above and below water simultaneously; and what David sees as the biggest challenges and opportunities going forward for underwater photographers.More Details
Follow in the footsteps of such Explorer Club greats as Roy Chapman Andrews, R.T. Bird, and Ernest Thompson Seton and join Life Fellow Kevin M. Bohacs as we learn how to recognize these trace fossils and to use these skills on your expeditions. We will discuss the fundamentals of identification and interpretation and the insights provided into paleo-environments. We will then practice on examples from Madagascar, Libya, Argentina, Wyoming, and Nyack, NY and examine hands-on fossil footprints, beetle burrows, termite nests, arthropod trails, and dinosaur poo. Join us and add a new dimension to your understanding and appreciation of the rocks you tramp over.More Details
Richard Byrd’s flight to the North Pole has been bitterly disputed for the better part of a century, and almost every part of his early life and career has become controversial. Race to the Top of the World offers compelling new evidence and new revelations to substantiate its thesis that the Byrd controversies are based on incomplete research, distortion, and superficial assessment. The lecture will be presented in conjunction with the publication of Sheldon Bart's new book, Race to the Top of the World: Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole.More Details
Off the Map with Mark Synnott has a mission: to seek out and climb the world’s most remote cliffs. For Mark, the journey is as important as the climb, and his quest has taken him to some of the far corners of the earth - to the Arctic, the Karakoram, the Ennedi desert and Amazonian jungles. Exploring seldom-seen places is his specialty: Mark recently lead a National Geographic/The North Face climbing expedition to explore the Musandam peninsula in Oman via sailboat.More Details
A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker Bowermaster's ten-year-long OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak during the past ten years, on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet's ocean and the lives of the nearly four billion people around the globe who depend on them. His eight-part film series documenting the OCEANS 8 project has shown in 150 countries on the National Geographic Channel.More Details
Linguist and author K. David Harrison leads the National Geographic Society’s "Enduring Voices" project. He has spent the past decade interviewing speakers of some of the world's smallest and most endangered languages in locations in Siberia, India, Chile, Mongolia, the US and elsewhere. In this multi-media presentation, he describes the scientific and social consequences of language loss, and showcases the efforts of "language warriors" around the world.More Details
This lecture focuses on one of Russia’s most endangered species – snow leopards – and efforts to combat the most serious threat to their existence: poaching with wire snares. Combatting snare poaching has involved sign surveys and camera-trapping, intensive snare removal and anti-poaching patrols, and a small business development program (primarily wool-based handicraft development) developed as an alternative to poaching. Together these activities have given real hope that a small group of snow leopards (at least 5-8 individuals) still resides that is capable of resurrecting Russia’s once primary snow leopard population.More Details
Full Fathom Five: Global Warming and a Father’s Legacy A 50 year retrospective study of coral reef fishes in the Bahamas, using my ichthyologist father’s archives as a baseline. As a backdrop, I’ll screen his 1952 film, one of the first underwater films ever made.More Details
Beloved, feared and sometimes hated, the wolf is the metaphor of wild America. Wolf numbers are now dropping fast in the lower 48 states -- we may soon find that our iconic symbol of wilderness is gone -- yet this magnificent animal is key to healthy ecosystems, and has a unique connection with human hearts. Not only are wolves “man’s best friend” on a DNA level, they have also helped to shape our diets, hunting strategies, territorial attitudes, family structures, spousal relations, even aided our survival, yet few animals have been so maligned, miscast, and slaughtered by humans. The discussion will include slides or a short video, wolf recordings, the latest scientific findings on wolves, and a few quick stories on wolves Mike Bond has known.More Details
From Harrison to GPS – This lecture traces the development of navigation from the 18th century longitude problem to the invention of the Global Positioning System. Easton will describe the two major proposed solutions to the longitude problem: accurate clocks as developed by John Harrison and observations of celestial objects such as lunars and the Jovian moons. He will then trace the history of satellite navigation proposals culminating in GPS which combines the two 18th century proposals, putting accurate synchronized clocks in satellites which are artificial celestial objects.More Details
Before They Pass Away by British Photographer, film maker, travel writer Jimmy Nelson Jimmy Nelson’s photographic journey capturing the lives and traditions of the last surviving tribes who have managed to preserve their traditional ways, art, and customs within our increasingly globalized world.More Details
Gene J. Koprowski recently published his follow-up piece on The Explorers Club, this time profiling President Nichols’ ongoing search for the long-lost tomb of Chinnggis Qa’an. ”Explorer plans hunt for Genghis Khan’s long-lost tomb” details his hypotheses and methodology, while also tracing the history of explorers in search of the fabled prize. President Nichols explains that “finding the tomb would very likely unearth a wealth of artifacts that would tell the story of this important and powerful leader, in ways we will only speculate about otherwise.” He intends to continue the search next fall.Read More
We are sad to report that Scott Carpenter FN’67, has passed at age 88. He was awarded The Legendary Explorers Medal with fellow Mercury astronaut Senator John Glenn at our Annual Dinner this past year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott’s wife, Pat, and all others in his immediate family.
Click Here to read a retrospective on Scott’s life in the New York Times
Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished by our members.Read More.
Join the over 100 “Explorers Immortals” who have already donated and engrave your name or create a dedication in stone on the terrace at The Explorers Club Headquarters. Adorn our landmark outdoor space and help fund the Phase II renovations by making a tax deductible donation of $2,500 per dedicated tile to our Lowell Thomas Building Fund.
The Explorers Club Headquarters boasts 114 stained glass windows. They embody a stunning range of brilliantly colored panes, representing a number of heraldic shields, portraits and pastoral and classical scenes. These windows are in dire need of repair.Read More
Each fifty dollars donated will help to preserve one brick from the Club's current facade. Your contributions both large and small are important in helping us restore the Explorers Club historic Lowell Thomas building brick by brick*.Read More