Professor Fen Montaigne, Journalist

Professor Fen Montaigne
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic
We are moving into an era in which the melting of ice, on both land and at sea, will become one of the defining characteristics of a new geological age.

A veteran journalist, author, and editor, Fen Montaigne worked as a Moscow correspondent during the collapse of the Soviet Union, reported for National Geographic magazine from six continents, earned a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Mr. Montaigne has authored or coauthored five books and helped launch and edit the award-winning online magazine Yale Environment 360.

Mr. Montaigne graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in International Relations. He wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1982 to 1996. Becoming a freelance journalist in 1996, he published articles in National Geographic magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Smithsonian, Forbes, and Audubon. In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Montaigne spent five months in the Antarctic Peninsula on the field team of ecologist Bill Fraser, who studies the impact of rapid warming on Adélie penguins and other seabirds. That story is told in Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctica.

Mr. Montaigne now works as senior editor of Yale Environment 360 and as a lecturer for National Geographic Expeditions and Lindblad Expeditions.

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  1. National Geographic Polar Explorations Sale

    National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.2 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $34.95 $269.95 $34.95$269.95
    Travel to the polar regions with five Arctic and Antarctic experts on an exquisite visual journey, produced in partnership with National Geographic. You’ll encounter incredible wildlife, learn about the “heroic era” of polar exploration, discover how indigenous peoples thrive in these climates, and gain valuable tips on how to take captivating photographs in the otherworldly landscapes found at the ends of the...
  2. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Geographic Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    National Geographic is known for stunning photography in amazing locations, and this two-course set brings you some of the best of both. Start by gaining a deep understanding of how best to capture photographs in nature with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography taught by two National Geographic experts. Then, feast your eyes on the astonishing and remote locations of the world with...
  3. (Set) Polar Explorations & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Go beyond stargazing with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Our Night Sky, get a comprehensive guide to the stars you see every night.
  4. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $909.80 $799.80$909.80
    This four-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, National Geographic Masters of Photography, and The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons.
  5. (Set) Polar Explorations & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Go on an unrivalled adventure with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders, tour the most amazing sights around the globe.
  6. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover parts of our world that you've probably never seen up close. Start by discovering North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, embark on an educational adventure led by five noted authorities in National Geographic Polar Explorations.
  7. (Set) Polar Explorations & Oceanography Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Oceanography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Dive into adventure with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, continue to explore hard to reach places with Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness.
  8. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,274.75 Starting at $1,274.75 $1,464.75 $1,274.75$1,464.75
    This five-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, Fundamentals of Photography, National Geographic Masters of Photography, and Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  9. (Set) Polar Explorations & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$369.90
    Prepare for an epic vacation with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in The Art of Travel Photography, learn how to go beyond the postcard and capture all the sights.
  10. (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Polar Explorations Set on sale

    (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $521.00 Starting at $93.90 $654.90 $93.90$654.90
    Get insight into unknown realms with this two-course set created in partnership with the Smithsonian. Better understand and appreciate the magnificence of underwater world with Life in the World's Oceans. Then, travel to the polar regions on an exquisite visual journey in Polar Explorations.
  11. (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & Polar Explorations Set on sale

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $521.00 Starting at $93.90 $654.90 $93.90$654.90
    From the tropics of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the frozen tundras of the polar regions, this two-course set provides unmatched images and insights into amazing locations. Explore the geological history of our most beautiful and unique sites in Wonders of the National Parks, and then Polar Explorations introduces you to the nature and science of some of the most intriguing and alien places on the planet.
  12. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,369.70 Starting at $1,369.70 $1,564.70 $1,369.70$1,564.70
    This six-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, Fundamentals of Photography, National Geographic Masters of Photography, The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons>, and Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  13. (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Be an armchair traveler with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Great Tours, see all the amazing sights and learn the fascinating history of Greece and Turkey.
  14. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Capturing the perfect shot out in the field is a creative challenge, especially in extreme conditions. Fundamentals of Photography II shows you how photographers solve these problems. National Geographic Polar Explorations takes you to the ends of the earth with action-packed lectures that include how to navigate the challenges of photographing wildlife, white-on-white landscapes, and more.