M. Sanjayan

Visiting Researcher

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Personal Website


Dr. M. Sanjayan is a global conservation scientist, writer, and Emmy-nominated news contributor specializing in the role of conservation in saving people and nature. He is executive vice president and senior scientist at Conservation International.

​​In the summer of 2015, Sanjayan co-hosted “Big Blue Live,” PBS’s & BBC’s three-part television event, which showcased marine life on the Pacific Coast and which was the first live primetime natural history show on American television. He also hosted the 2015 PBS and National Geographic television series, “EARTH – A New Wild,” which was filmed in over 24 countries; and was a contributor on Showtime’s Emmy-winning series on climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously.” He has appeared on numerous other programs, including “The Today Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and was named to Men’s Journal’s list of the “50 Most Adventurous Men” in 2015.

Sanjayan also is leading the launch of Conservation International’s first virtual reality film, “Valen’s Reef,” which explores one of the most beautiful—and biologically diverse—places in the Pacific Ocean.

Sanjayan is a Disneynature Ambassador, a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a Clinton Global Initiative Advisor; he is on National Geographic Society’s Explorers Council and serves as a visiting researcher at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He posts frequently from his expeditions at @msanjayan.​