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Alizé Carrère

Alizé Carrère is a recent M.Sc. graduate from McGill University. Raised in a quasi treehouse on the edge of a Finger Lake in upstate New York, she spent the last four months in the highlands of Madagascar where life was equally as alluring, albeit quite treeless. As a National Geographic Young Explorer, Alizé researched an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as "lavaka", literally meaning "hole", they are massive erosional gullies that provide surprising agricultural and socio-economic benefits, turning a deforested landscape into one of opportunity, not hardship. She is now working to document other examples of unlikely or remarkable cases of adaptation to changing environmental landscapes across a broad range of the world's regions and climates.

Sharks, Whales and Rays: The Other Galapagos Mascots

Alizé Carrère is a world-traveling writer and biologist who works to showcase the amazing environmental adaptations of animals and humans alike. Here, she speaks about the ocean life around the Galapagos Islands, which is often overlooked.

Arctic Indigenous Knowledge Gains Strength in Latest IPCC Climate Report

Pulling back the curtains to my window this morning, overlooking the small arctic town of Kautokeino in northern Norway, the landscape looks charmingly picturesque. Colorful wooden houses are tucked under a thick layer of snow, a white tundra plateau extends off into the horizon. Daylight, now making an appearance in this part of the world…

NG Young Explorer Behind the Scenes: The Good, the Bad, and the Unforgettable

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional gullies that provide surprising agricultural and socio-economic benefits, turning a deforested landscape into one of…

Fieldwork – Or How To Still Explore The World À La Indiana Jones

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional gullies that provide surprising agricultural and socio-economic benefits, turning a deforested landscape into one of opportunity,…

Severe Erosion Reveals Earth’s Treasures

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional gullies that provide surprising agricultural and socio-economic benefits, turning a deforested landscape into one of opportunity,…

A Christmas of the Coastal Kind

What made this Christmas so special wasn’t at all a particular tradition or exotic celebration of any notable kind. Instead, it was simply a continuation of business-as-usual, another day in a life where the sea gives only to the extent that one shows up. So on this year’s Christmas day, everyone showed up as they did yesterday, as they will tomorrow, and as they will for every other day of the year.

Journey Behind The Lens: Dodging Madagascar’s Plague Outbreak

The bubonic plague is something that not many people give much thought to these days. This is understandable, since it has been largely eradicated from the realities of the 21st century, save for a very few remote pockets on the globe. So I was a bit surprised when someone told me that east of where I was doing fieldwork in northern Madagascar, a village was being hit with a deadly plague outbreak.

Reforesting Madagascar’s Highlands: A (Poetic) Lesson From Nature

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional gullies that provide surprising agricultural and socio-economic benefits, turning a deforested landscape into one of opportunity,…

The Bitter And The Sweet: Finding Opportunity in the Life Cycle of Erosion

Young Explorer Alizé Carrère searches for a silver lining in what might otherwise be a tale of irreversible hardship.

Madagascar’s First Elections Since 2009 Coup Revive Democracy

This past week Madagascar hosted its first election since the coup in 2009. Although the process has been riddled with minor glitches, so far there have been no major complaints, no great bursts of violent fury, no irreparable fracturing of the country’s populace.

“Scarred” Hillsides in Madagascar May Actually be Agricultural Gold Mines

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional gullies that provide surprising agricultural and socio-economic benefits, turning a deforested landscape into one of opportunity, not hardship.…