PETER HOULIHAN lives and works in tropical rainforests around the world, leading extensive scientific and media expeditions for conservation. A conservation scientist first, Houlihan has held a variety of research positions over the years throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. He has served as a Director for a conservation NGO (BRINCC) in Indonesian Borneo since 2009, is a frequent visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and teaches a graduate level tropical ecology field course in the Congo Basin as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Peter’s research has spanned butterfly conservation, coral reef ecology, primate behavior, insect genomics, forest biogeochemistry, biodiversity monitoring, and pollination of orchids.
He is passionate about engaging and interacting with communities where he works, sharing his scientific results, and inspiring others to have a greater understanding of our natural world; to communicate these messages, Peter speaks Spanish, Bahasa, Malagasy, KiSwahili, and is learning French.
Peter is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fellow of the Explorers Club, and an Expert for National Geographic Expeditions. As a photographer, videographer, and producer, Houlihan fuses science and media to inform broad international audiences about our planet. His photography is represented by National Geographic Image Collection and he is an Affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Houlihan also field tests gear for Patagonia and speaks at various stores to share stories from his expeditions for conservation. On camera, Peter has appeared on alongside Sir David Attenborough for the BBC, across National Geographic platforms, and in an Emmy-nominated documentary by PBS Nature.