Mikayla Wujec is National Geographic Explorer dedicated to building a sustainable future through research, education and compelling storytelling.
Her work fuses technology, storytelling and research to help communicate science in ways that educate and empower citizens and decision-makers to generate positive solutions for our planet.
Trained as environmental scientist, Mikayla has led National Geographic expeditions to study vulnerable marine species and the ecological and cultural systems they support.
In addition to her research, Mikayla is a published writer, photographer and videographer and has worked with international conservation organizations, governments, businesses, and environmental non-profits to engage citizens in environmental programs that create measurable, positive change.
A recent collection of projects, gigs and engagements that reflect the breadth of my work.
REEF To AQUARIUM
As the star in the films Finding Dory and Finding Nemo, Dory - known as a blue tang to biologists - is increasingly featured in home aquariums around the world. Thanks to these films, blue tangs are in greater demand than ever, as colourful pets to kids and adults across the globe.
Unlike Nemo, the blue tang cannot be bred in tanks or labs, and must be caught in the colourful coral gardens of the Indo-Pacific. Dory’s passage from tropical corals reefs to landlocked living rooms across North America is part of a multi-billion dollar, global industry - one that has largely remained unknown, until now.
Myself and a team of National Geographic Explorers have spent the last two years documenting Dory's little known passage from reef to aquarium. Across the planet, we have lived with, photographed, filmed, and interviewed the people and places that drive this global trade and created an immersive digital experience to share how Dory gets from her home, to yours. Join us and take the Reef to Aquarium journey.
Articles, Reports and Publications
The Transit of Tomorrow is Electrifying
In southern Ontario, almost three out of four people commute to work by passenger vehicle — often solo. As nice as it may be to have some alone time for a morning singalong, all those cars are the reason the transportation sector has become the single largest slice of Ontario’s polluting emissions pie.
Returning our carbon output to a time before social media, smartphones, or Netflix will be no easy feat. Electric cars and ride-sharing apps will be a part of the solution. But they can only go so far. There’s no room for new roads in urban centres, where most of us live. To deal with congestion, and reduce carbon emissions and air pollution, we also need to get more people moving by mass transit.
Picture this: what starts as a single dark blue silhouette slowly drifts towards you, transforming into a herd of giant, beaked, and multicolored fish loudly crunching on their favorite food, coral. Their powerful and prominent teeth grind up the hard exterior so they can eat the tiny animals living within.
Many visitors to the Solomon Islands might be shocked to know that the white sand beaches they’ve stretched out on are made of the fine, sandy excrement produced by bumphead and their coral-heavy diet.
In-Front & Behind the Lens