Jan Mayen

Jul 08, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer slipped into the bay at the south side of Jan Mayen in dense fog. As the morning wore on, the fog thinned, allowing us to go ashore on this incredibly remote and otherworldly island—the most remote in the Arctic.

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Conor Ryan


Conor Ryan is a congenital ecologist. His career began in the late 1980s, when he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks for eels, his publication record on this seminal research was sorely lacking because he was five years old. As he grew, so too did the size of the marine creatures that he was preoccupied with. 

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