Thandiwe Mweetwa, a masters student advised by Dr. Dave Christianson, has been named one of National Geographic's 2016 Emerging Explorers. Mweetwa joins 12 other scientists, conservationists, and engineers on the cutting edge of their respective fields who have received the title this year. According to National Geographic, "The National Geographic Society’s Emerging Explorer Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, storytellers, and innovators—explorers who are already making a difference and changing the world."
Mweetwa will be honored at a celebration in Washington, D.C. in addition to being profiled in National Geographic magazine. She will also receive a $10,000 prize to be used toward furthering her research on lions in Zambia.