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Biology Professor David Gruber Recognized as An Emerging Explorer by National Geographic Society

David Gruber


NEW YORK, NY- May 16, 2014 – Baruch College Professor of Biology David Gruber has been selected to the National Geographic Society’s 2014 class of Emerging Explorers.  The program recognizes and supports 14 inspiring adventurers, scientists and innovators from around the world who are at the forefront of discovery and global problem solving, while still early in their careers. Each explorer receives $10,000 to further their research and exploration. The new Emerging Explorers are introduced in the June 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine.

As a marine biologist, ocean explorer and professor of biology, David Gruber searches the undersea world for bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine animals. His discoveries are providing a wealth of new insights into a secret “language” of shining colors and patterns that help many marine creatures communicate, interact and avoid enemies. He and his collaborators have illuminated and discovered novel fluorescent molecules from marine animals and are searching for connections between glowing sea life and the ability to visualize the inner workings of human cells. His research group at the City University of New York and the American Museum of Natural History has deciphered the genomic code of scores of new fluorescent proteins, which are being developed as tools to aid in medical research and illuminate biological processes. To read more on Professor Gruber’s interview and research, visit the web site .

National Geographic Emerging Explorers may be selected from virtually any field, ranging from the Society’s traditional arenas of anthropology, archaeology, photography, space exploration, earth sciences, mountaineering and cartography to the worlds of technology, art, music and filmmaking.

“National Geographic’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet, and our Emerging Explorers are outstanding young leaders whose endeavors further this mission. We are pleased to support them as they set out on promising careers. They are visionaries and innovators in their respective fields and will help lead the world in a new age of exploration,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s chief science and exploration officer.


About the National Geographic Society:

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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