Alizé Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer researching and documenting climate change adaptation in practice. Raised in a house wrapped around a 300-year old oak tree, her childhood primed her for a unique perspective on what it means to respond and adapt to environmental change. After moving to Montreal to complete a B.A. at McGill University in Environmental Sciences and International Development, she spent time living in Panama before returning to McGill to complete an M.Sc. in Bioresource Engineering. During this time, she lived in the Middle East working on water resource management and electronic waste between Israel and Palestine.

In 2013, Alizé received support from National Geographic to conduct research in Madagascar, where she spent several months uncovering an unlikely agricultural adaptation in response to severe deforestation. Learning of farmers who were turning erosional gullies into fertile pockets of farmland, her work evolved into a greater story of creativity and resourcefulness amongst the oft-repeated narrative of climate doom. She continues to study innovative adaptations to climate change, and is working on a film project that highlights the remarkable resilience of the human species. The first episode, documenting community adaptations to sea level rise in Bangladesh, won Best Short Film at the New York Wild Film Festival and the Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award at Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. 

Alizé is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Madagascar 2013. Photo  ©  Sally Gee

Black-and-white ruffed lemur, Madagascar 2013. Photo © Sally Gee