Check out our brand-new animated and interactive map that highlights the many countries we’ve worked in over the years. Explore the map’s interactive features and discover more about our 47 unique expeditions – from studying sea otters in Alaska to measuring the effects of climate change in the Indian Himalayas.
A Mammoth Excavation
Cape Cod National Seashore
Drs. Geoffrey Monteith and R.J. Raven discover a new species of funnel-web spider in Queensland, Australia that is named Aname earthwatchorum (“of the Earthwatchers”).
Discovery of New Spider Species
Earthwatch receives a Conservation Service Award from Donald Hodel, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, for our successful efforts to save endangered Caribbean turtles, led by several Earthwatch scientists, including Dr. David Nellis, Dr. Jaime Collazo, Mr. Sean Furniss, Dr. Scott Eckert, Dr. Karen Eckert, Dr. David Olsen, and Ms. Susan Basford.
Conservation Award for Sea Turtle Efforts
Earthwatch teams in Zimbabwe, led by Dr. Joe Dudley, make the first observations of one of nature’s greatest vegetarians, the hippo, eating meat, suggesting that drought gave rise to omnivory.
First Observations of Hippos Eating Meat
Earthwatch teams led by Dr. Peter Barham support efforts to clean around 23,000 penguins that were “oiled” in the Treasure oil spill disaster between Robben and Dassen Islands in South Africa. 90% of oiled penguins survived.
Saving Oiled Penguins
Earthwatch volunteer James Murphy unearths a near-complete skeleton of a new species of dinosaur in the Argentinian Andes during an excavation led by Dr. Oscar Alcober. The species is named Eodromaeus murphi.
Unearthing New Dinosaur Species
With 20 years of support from Earthwatch, Dr. Rolf Peterson produced groundbreaking findings about extinction risk among Isle Royale wolves, and was the first to detect the impact of inbreeding within this population.
Groundbreaking Research on Isle Royale Wolves
Data collected by volunteers in Belize under the guidance of Dr. Demian Chapman contributed to the listing of five shark species of concern by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
Endangered Sharks Gain Increased Protections
To prepared for a proposed bison reintroduction, Earthwatch volunteers work with Dr. Cristina Eisenberg to use traditional wildlife tracking methods to measure wildlife presence, wolf predation risk, and grassland health.
Wildlife Tracking Helps to Reintroduce Bison