Malik is one of 10 visionary young trailblazers honored this year by the Society for their achievements. National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers who are making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers. The Emerging Explorers each receive an award of $10,000 to assist with their research and to aid further exploration.
Malik has performed several important wildlife surveys in Southern Sudan, which have uncovered huge numbers of animals believed to have been extinct.
What qualities define Emerging Explorers? First and foremost, they should be at the beginning of a promising career in exploration. Their recent accomplishments should show a potential for future breakthroughs. In addition, the Emerging Explorers Program should reflect the world’s diversity and should be a home for dynamic personalities who are making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration.
To learn more about Malik, please visit his web page: http://eco.umass.edu/index.php/people/graduate-students/marjan-malik/