David Maxwell Braun, National Geographic

David Maxwell Braun

National Geographic

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Past articles by David:

Bald Eagle Celebrated by National Geographic Photo Ark for Independence Day – National Geographic Society (blogs)

America’s national bird, the iconic bald eagle, continues to make a spectacular recovery ten years after it was removed from the Endangered Species List. For that we can be thankful as the U.… → Read More

National Geographic Photo Ark Spotlight: The Vulnerable Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Native to rivers and lakes in the Amazon and Orinoco river systems in South America, the yellow-spotted river turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, and is th… → Read More

National Geographic Photo Ark Spotlight: West Indian Manatee – National Geographic Society (blogs)

In a controversial move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Administration, the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) is being reclassified today, May 5, from Endangered to Threatened under the Endang… → Read More

Will Africa’s Big Five become extinct in the wild? – National Geographic Society (blogs)

On World Wildlife Day 2017, a reflection and celebration in photography from the National Geographic Photo Ark of Africa’s Big Five: Lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo. A centur… → Read More

Urban Forests: What city trees do for us, and what we should do for them – National Geographic Society (blogs)

It’s a bit of a no-brainer that the trees gracing our sidewalks, parks and other urban spaces are pleasing to the eye, providing soothing shade in the harsh, barren concrete landscape. In cit… → Read More

Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Part lavishly illustrated coffee table book, part reference book for all ages, the second edition of Tui De Roy’s Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy is a must-read-and-keep volume fo… → Read More

Tiny Spider Found Only in Azores Island Lava Tubes Assessed Urgently as ‘Critically Endangered’ – National Geographic Society (blogs)

In yet another example of a species well on its way to extinction almost before it is identified and studied, scientists and conservationists have hurried to assess a little-known underground-dwell… → Read More

Industrial Chemicals Accumulating in America’s Alligators and Africa’s Crocodiles – National Geographic Society (blogs)

The latest warning light from the environment: Long-lived industrial and household chemical compounds associated with liver toxicity and reduced fertility have been found at detectable levels in th… → Read More

Is the Craving for Coffee Embedded in our Genes? – National Geographic Society (blogs)

European researchers find a gene that appears to curb coffee consumption. This means that a person with the genetic variation would not need to consume as much coffee to get the same caffeine hit. … → Read More

Reprogramming Memory May Reduce Life-Long Fear of Spiders – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have shown how the effect of exposure therapy can be improved by disrupting the recreation of fear-memories in people with arachnophobia (the extreme fea… → Read More

How Lobsters Eat Jellyfish Without Harm From Venomous Stingers – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Hiroshima University scientists examined lobster feces to discover that the crustaceans surround their servings of jellyfish in protective membranes that prevent the stingers from injecting their v… → Read More

Sunflowers Track the Sun, Like Solar Panels – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Sunflowers use their internal circadian “clocks,” acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow, say plant biologists at the University of California, Davis. → Read More

1,075-Year-Old Pine Named ‘Adonis’ Is Europe’s Oldest-Known Living Tree – National Geographic Society (blogs)

A Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in the highlands of northern Greece has been dendrocronologically dated to be more than 1,075 years old, says a team of scientists from Stockholm Universi… → Read More

Stanford scientists combine satellite data and machine learning to map poverty – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Researchers correctly identified impoverished areas across five African countries by using machine learning to extract information from high-resolution satellite imagery, Stanford University’… → Read More

In this interactive, see how soon in your lifetime iconic animals may be gone – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Scientists say we’re in the middle of the sixth great extinction, and this one, unlike those that happened millions of years ago, is driven largely by the activities of humans. “So we d… → Read More

Extinction Closing in on Hundreds of Species in Dwindling Asian Forests, Duke Study Finds – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Four out of ten species native to Southeast Asia’s natural forests face a much higher risk of extinction from habitat loss than previously thought, a Duke University-led study has determined.… → Read More

Camera CATalogue: Help Cat Conservation Without Going to Africa – National Geographic Society (blogs)

A new wildlife photo website that Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, launched recently is called Camera CATalogue. “We’ve launched this with our partners at Zooniverse as a p… → Read More

Earth Overshoot Day Arrives Earlier Than Ever – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Earth Overshoot Day 2016: August 8 As of today, we humans have used as much from nature in 2016 as our planet can renew in a whole year. Nothing will seem to change for many of us between today … → Read More

Earth’s ‘Annual Physical’ Lists Symptoms of a Hotter World – National Geographic Society (blogs)

Our living planet is developing symptoms of a fever, as shown in the growing impact of global warming on Earth’s ecosystems. Read the highlights and view the maps and charts that collect the … → Read More

CITES Conference Will Test Commitment of Governments to Save Tigers, EIA Says – National Geographic Society (blogs)

The 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES in Johannesburg at the end of September is the perfect opportunity for China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to announce real action to end demand for tiger … → Read More