Professor Keith Clarke was recently appointed to the National Geographic Committee on Research and Exploration. The prestigious committee consists of 16 “Expert Members” who award up to 5 million dollars in grants each year for scientific field research and exploration. “Since 1890, the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration has supported more than 7,500 projects and expeditions—including the excavation of Machu Picchu, the discovery of Titanic, and the work of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and the Leakey family. The committee continues to fund vital research, embodying the Society’s 115-year-old mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge.” All funded research must have a geographical dimension; grants are international in scope, and the committee is particularly interested in multidisciplinary projects that address environmental issues (for more, see http://www.nationalgeographic.com/research/). Congratulations to Keith, a decidedly “Expert Member” of our Department as well!