Saving lions in Kenya? Finding new species in the Solomon Islands? Exploring one of the world's last great places in Montana? Former Nature Conservancy lead scientist Sanjayan leads a life of global adventure...and now you can track it in "Wild Life," his online column.
Satellites allow us to look at every corner of the planet — but can they help us be better conservationists?
Why is Sanjayan swimming in a slick of tuna blood and guts, waiting for sharks?
The complexity of manufacturing processes, transportation and globalization makes environmental costing and evaluation of trade-offs about as murky as a green pond — even for us scientists.
In the rarified world of international diplomacy, we sometimes forget about the people with dirt under their fingernails, scrabbling to save a little corner of the planet.
For a polar bear, if it's not rock or ice, it's probably food.
Conservation should of course protect "the best" if we can. But we should also make room for the odd, the strange, the maligned.
We can't hope to succeed by ignoring people who depend on wild nature to survive.
Conservation has cost less to do abroad that in the United States but that's changing.
In the United States as well as in the upper echelons of many developing countries, conservation and wildlife science are very much monochromatic affairs.
Montana hasn't suffered an animal extinction in the past 200 years, making it one of the last "intact" places in the world.
Sanjayan encounters one of only about 3,500 black rhinoceroses left in the world.
Sanjayan came this summer to Alaska to see first-hand how its animals, plants and people are dealing with climate change.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace has gardens that attract the Indian primate, the bonnet macaques.
"Know they enemy and know thyself, for that is the surest way to victory." - Sun Tzu
The true miracle of Africa is that so much wildlife has managed to persist.
There are 30 million people infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa — and adults of prime age are the hardest hit.
Countries that rely on a single, exploitable natural resource such as diamonds reap a whirlwind of negative consequences.
Is private land conservation possible in the savannas of East Africa?
At the time these stories were originally posted (2007-2009), Sanjayan was the Lead Scientist for the Nature Conservancy. He is now executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International.