The first-ever Foundation Mamont – Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge Grant of $100,000 has been awarded to Dr. Anthony Fiorillo, Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas for his submission, “Ancient Beringia in a Greenhouse Polar World—At the Northern Edge of Dinosaurs and Their Environments.” The announcement was made by Alan H. Nichols, former President of The Explorers Club, and Frederik Paulsen, Fellow and Honorary Director of the Explorers Club and a representing Member of Foundation Mamont. While membership was not a requisite for consideration, Dr. Fiorillo is a member of The Explorers Club.
Dr. Fiorillo will lead a team of scientists to track the migration of polar dinosaurs across the Arctic as they experienced the Greenhouse climate of 70 to 100 million years ago. The team will include noted scientist Dr. Paul McCarthy of the University of Alaska and Eric Orphys, associate director of the expedition, and new masters student at the University of Alaska, who will start his work in paleoenvironmental reconstruction and paleoclimate study.
The expedition will navigate down the Kukpowruk River in the remote Coke Basin of extreme Northwestern Alaska to explore a terrestrial ecosystem 25 million years older than has ever been examined before, from an era when the ancient Arctic was one of the warmest places on Earth.
In making the announcement, Mr. Nichols said:
“This expedition will have a broad impact on scientific research around the world, particularly as it may affect the Arctic. The Explorers Club welcomed the very difficult challenge of selecting a winner from among many excellent proposals. Given the quality of submissions and the generosity of Mr. Paulsen and Foundation Mamont we know the 21st century will be the Golden Age of Exploration.”
The Mamont Foundation and the Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge is designed to promote exploration and scientific research, the environment, sustainability and bring new and exciting exploration to life.
There are limited funds available to resource our continued exploration to discover more about our planet and therefore this initiate is funded by the Foundation Mamont to allow members of the Explorers Club to apply for the grant to fund their research expeditions.
On 21 March 2015, The Explorers Club will announce the winners of this $100,00 grant for 2015. Applicants from the world over were invited to submit their applications which have been reviewed by a select Explorers Club scientific/exploration panel headed by club member Les Guthman, the Emmy-nominated creator and former executive producer of Outside Television and the Discover Magazine television series.