National Geographic Fellow Owes It All to an Anteater

Kevin McLean is working an extremely exotic beat.

FulbrightNatGeoLogoIf you are reading this item from the vantage point of a cubicle, adopted coffee shop or home office, you may want to move on. Because the description of 2016-17 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Scholar Kevin McLean’s purview is going to make you green with envy:

McLean will travel to Malaysian Borneo and the Ecuadorian Amazon to survey canopy wildlife in two of the most biodiverse areas of the world… His research and stories will be made available to the public through a museum exhibit that will highlight canopy wildlife and the conservation threats they face. Kevin studied Earth Systems at Stanford University and recently completed his PhD in Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

There are five fellows in the latest edition of the program, watched over at the U.S. blog end by David Braun. McLean, in his most recent field report, also showed that he can craft an effective lede:

Five years ago I met an anteater that changed my life.

In Panama. While doing field work with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Bookmark the program’s “Voices” page to keep track of posts shared by McLean and Fulbright colleagues Christiana Botic, Lauren Ladov, Ishan Thakore and Tim McDonnell who, when not documenting climate change in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, works as a New York-based digital journalist.

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