Nizar Ibrahim

Vertebrate Paleontologist,
National Geographic

Dr. Nizar Ibrahim, a paleontologist and National Geographic explorer, has led several expeditions to Morocco’s Sahara Desert in search of spectacular 100-million-year-old ecosystems. His research sheds light on a period of major changes on our planet, including extreme climate fluctuations and the breakup of a super continent.

Recent discoveries in Morocco include a giant flying reptile with a 9-meter wingspan, and a partial skeleton of the largest predatory dinosaur known. Ibrahim’s work has been featured in Science, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other high-impact publications. In 2014, Ibrahim’s research on the Moroccan dinosaur Spinosaurus was included in the Top 10 of the Top 100 science stories by Discover Magazine.

Ibrahim was named a National Geographic explorer in 2014, and in 2015 a TED Fellow, the first paleontologist in the history of the award. Also in 2015, he was named one of Chicago’s “40 under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Ibrahim is working on a number of scientific literacy projects to introduce young people in North Africa to science and exploration. He also uses print and online media, exhibits, and documentaries to highlight, and protect, Morocco’s unique ancient heritage.