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Neil Losin is a National Geographic Young Explorer. He is a biologist, photographer, and filmmaker pursuing his Ph.D. in UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where he studies the evolution of territoriality in lizards. When he isn’t doing his own research, Neil uses photography and video to help fellow scientists communicate about their work. He is the co-founder and Editor of SustainableFocus.org, a web community and magazine promoting visual communication about science and the environment. You can see his photography at www.neillosin.com, and check out his videos and blog at www.daysedgeproductitons.com.

The Birth of Biodiversity

If you’ve been reading the news this week, you know that we’ve just been starkly reminded that the Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction – a biodiversity crisis like nothing it has experienced in 65 million years. Yet while species disappear at an unprecedented rate, new species are also being born all…

A Mission to Reach the “Snows of the Nile”

An idea, a contest, and a victory lead two explorers into the unlikely land of Africa’s ice caves. Get their story and watch the full film.

Out of Their Element: Science Students Produce Films in Costa Rica

Watch films produced by science students in the field, as they learn to bridge the gap between researchers and the public through visual storytelling.

Snakes, Squirrels, and Signals: A Tale of Tails

Getting fancy in front of your enemies can be dangerous, but some animals have made an art of it. Learn to decode the delicate dance of tail-flagging and more.

Journey to Vanishing Tropical Glaciers

National Geographic Explorer Neil Losin and his colleague Nate Dappen are planning an expedition to Africa’s Rwenzori Mountains, one of the few places on Earth where glaciers can be found on the equator – and you can help them make their expedition happen!

“The Symbol” Part 4: Our Lizard Saga Comes to an End

At the end of their Spanish lizard-photographing expedition Neil Losin and Nate Dappen stumble on lizards of such a variety of color that it blows the biologists’ minds.

“The Symbol” Part 3: Island of Mystery

In the Spanish Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera to create a book about the endemic Ibiza Wall Lizard, Neil Losin and Nate Dappan get the rare opportunity to summit a legendary island two miles off shore.

“The Symbol” Part 2: Photographing Lizards in Paradise

National Geographic Young Explorer Neil Losin continues his research and adventures in and around Formentera, Spain, to reveal the secrets of life as a local lizard.

“The Symbol” – Photographing the Ibiza Wall Lizard

As a biologist, I love surprises. And after the first week of our month-long photographic expedition to the Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera, it seems like there are biological surprises around every corner. Dr. Nate Dappen, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Miami, has spent the past three summers on Ibiza and Formentera…

A Rainbow of Lizards in the Mediterranean

The spectacular Pityusic Archipelago lies 50 miles east of Valencia in the Spanish Mediterranean. Most people know Ibiza, the largest island in the archipelago, for its spectacular beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-famous nightlife. But as anyone who has visited Ibiza will tell you, the island’s official symbol is one you’d never expect – a lizard!…

Nature’s Nightmares: Snakes in a Cave

In August, when I was in Puerto Rico conducting research on anoles, my friend Nate and I went on an expedition to find a particular cave, where snakes were said to hang from the cave walls and capture bats in mid-air as the bats emerged to hunt for insects at nightfall. To a couple of die-hard biologists like us, it sounded too good to be true…

Video: Your Ever-changing Brain

The latest neuroscience is combating the idea that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and is changing the way we think about human brain development as well.

Video from the Field: Bite Force!

National Geographic Young Explorer Neil Losin is a biologist, photographer, and filmmaker pursuing his Ph.D. in UCLA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Neil studies the evolution of territoriality in invasive lizards called “anoles” living in South Florida. An occupational hazard When I’m working in the field in Florida, I get bitten by dozens of…

Video From the Field: Anolemageddon!

NG Young Explorer Neil Losin reveals the method behind the madness of his latest experiment catching tiny lizards called anoles in the wilds of urban Florida.

Finding Florida’s exotic invaders

“Invasive species” have become a well-known phenomenon, in part because of dangerous invaders like the Burmese Python in the Everglades. Still, many people are hard-pressed to identify even the most conspicuous non-native species in their area. NG Young Explorer Neil Losin delves into the subject with a dozen colorful photos from Florida.