“Marsabit: Kenya’s Hidden Treasure”

03/14/19

Alberto Borges who hails from Nairobi, Kenya, is an environmental explorer with purpose and founder of The Explorer’s Club of Kenya; a non-profit membership based society that aims to explore and conserve little known places in East Africa. Borges will be giving a presentation on his exploration, research, and conservation of Kenya's remote North at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment on March 14th at 6:30 p.m.

At the age of 15, Borges conducted his first project on the Thika River in Kenya. From there, he went on to explore Kenya’s largest yet least studied region: Marsabit County. While photographing the region, his work introduced him to his next research focus; the “strikingly beautiful, golden haired” camel spider.

In 2016, Borges was named and awarded National Geographic Explorer status for his research on camel spiders in northern Kenya. In 2017, he gave a TED talk at the Africa Idea Search conference in Nairobi and in 2018, he was awarded honorary membership into the Scientific Exploration Society in the UK.

His upcoming summer projects in Kenya include leading a climate change workshop, tree planting with local communities that live on the slopes of Mount Marsabit, and a 620 Kilometers scientific expedition along Athi River with a team of young enthusiastic and gender free scientists in order to assess how waste water pollution being dumped in the river is affecting local communities and ecosystems living downstream.

Currently, Borges enjoys working with fellow youth to create environmental awareness through his club’s e-magazine; The Explorer.

Borges is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environment and Sustainability with minor in Biology and a double concentration in Natural Resource Management and Outdoor Environmental Education at Catawba College.

The presentation is FREE, but registration is required.

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