Our blue planet needs impassioned advocates. That’s why Lindblad celebrates initiatives—like National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grant Program—which are cultivating the next generation of conservation heroes. Thanks to generous donations from our guests, the LEX-NG Fund has supported 94 Early Career Grants since 2018, fueling projects around the globe.

One of those grantees, Salome Ursula Buglass, explored uncharted seamount ecosystems in the Galápagos Marine Reserve using remotely operated vehicles—and made some surprising new discoveries. Salome, who is a marine ecologist at the Charles Darwin Research Station, and currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, is conducting pioneering research on the characterization of these deep-sea habitats. She recently gave an entertaining and informative web presentation to the entire Lindblad team about her exciting research, shared stunning footage of coral reefs 450 meters below the surface, and revealed some of her key findings.

The video of Salome’s presentation is just under 20 minutes, and for those interested in science, the ocean, and the natural world it’s a riveting watch!

Interested in becoming a National Geographic Early Career Grantee or know someone who might be? The next deadline is October 21, 2020. Learn more and find out how to apply here

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