Michelle Sanders - Young Explorer

Michelle Sanders

Young Explorer

Michelle is a British-American filmmaker passionate about creating innovative media to communicate biodiversity and climate change.

Always seeking a good adventure with purpose, Michelle is passionate about creating media that communicate biodiversity and climate change in unique and innovative ways. A British-American filmmaker currently living in London, United Kingdom, Michelle has worked on environmental topics around the world—from the tropics to the Arctic.

With a master’s degree in biodiversity and conservation from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in environmental anthropology from New York University, Michelle has dived on the Great Barrier Reef to understand changing tourism practices, studied foragers’ perceptions on the future of food, and led a sailing expedition around the coast of the United Kingdom exploring the practical applications of marine social science in the field.

Her film work has included researching for Netflix’s Tiger King, filming underwater for Fujifilm and Aquatech, and creating social media content with climate action groups around London. Recently, she has worked on the Protect The Arctic campaign, a multimedia project to protect vital ecosystems in Arctic Alaska. Michelle has also directed short films on subjects ranging from ocean exploration to fungi foraging. Her work has been shown at a number of film festivals.