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A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Chris Thornton is the Lead Program Officer of Research, Conservation, and Exploration at the National Geographic Society and the Director of Excavations at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bat in the Sultanate of Oman. After earning his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, Chris taught at George Mason University before joining the Society staff. As an archaeologist, Chris has worked in South Africa, Hungary, Cyprus, Iran, and Oman. He has lectured at universities and conferences around the world on the origins of metallurgy and the rise of complex societies in the Middle East and Central Asia. In his current position at the National Geographic Society, he oversees grants in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, geography, geology, and paleontology, and he advises National Geographic media on those topics.
Paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer has worked at the Natural History Museum London since 1973, where he now leads research in Human Origins. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society. Chris's early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe. Through his work on the "Recent African Origin" model for modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and is currently leading the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project in its third phase (AHOB3). He has published more than 250 scientific papers, and his recent books include Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain, The Complete World of Human Evolution (with Peter Andrews), and Lone Survivors.
National Geographic staff writer and editor Andrew Howley's enthusiasm for cave art began in college when he scrawled a bison on the wall above his desk. Throughout his studies of archaeology and art, images from the European caves held an elevated status and later inspired him to paint them on everyday objects to peddle at local fairs. He finally visited the caves when his first writing assignment for the Geographic had him covering the 2010 International Federation of Rock Art Organizations (IFRAO) conference in France on the 70th anniversary of the discovery of Lascaux. Later, while reporting from a marine biology expedition to the Pitcairn Islands with NG Explorers-in-Residence Enric Sala and Mike Fay, he scaled perilous cliffs to see some of the most remote petroglyphs in the world. In late 2013, he headed underground once more, to produce daily reports on Lee Berger's Rising Star Expedition, which unearthed a record number of early hominid fossils from a tiny cave in South Africa.
Fabio (Fe) Amador is a Senior Program Officer for Science and Exploration at National Geographic. Before joining the Society in 2008, he was a full-time professor at the National University of El Salvador, where he taught Mesomerican Archaeology and Human Evolution. Fe studied art at the School of Visual Arts in New York before training as an archaeologist at Rutgers University and SUNY. Having a background in both art and science has shaped his focus and allowed him to think creatively in the documentation and communication of cultural, historical, and scientific discoveries. His work has focused on writing systems and art, especially in caves, where he has been using a combination of panoramic imaging technologies together with image-enhancing software to document and interpret new finds.
James (Jamie) Shreeve is Executive Editor for Science at National Geographic magazine. Before joining the Geographic staff in 2006, he was a freelance science writer and author specializing in human evolution and biology. His books include The Genome War; The Neandertal Enigma: Solving the Mystery of Modern Human Origins, named by Doris Lessing as “Book of the Year” in 1996; Lucy's Child: The Discovery of a Human Ancestor (with Donald Johanson), and Nature: The Other Earthlings, the companion volume to the public television series.
Jamie received his B.A. in English from Brown University in 1973. A 1979 graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he contributed fiction to various literary magazines before turning to science writing. From 1983 to 1985, he was Public Information Director at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and founding director of the MBL Science Writing Fellowship Program. He has been awarded fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Alicia Patterson Foundation, and the Knight Foundation. He lives in Bellport, New York, and Washington, D.C.
National Geographic grantee Ana Pinto is a Spanish archaeologist working in the field of human evolution. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in the Human Origins group at London's Natural History Museum, then worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Donald Johanson at Arizona State University's Institute of Human Origins. Her fields of interest include fossilization processes, ancient environments, early human diets, and the origins of modern human behavior as expressed in Europe over the last 40,000 years. Ana has conducted much of her research in caves and rock shelters requiring vertical rope techniques in Spain, Tanzania, and Kenya. She has also participated in excavation and field research projects in England, South Africa, and Armenia. In 2001 Ana discovered the Sopeña rockshelter, which contains a long archaeological stratigraphy bearing evidence to the last millenia of Neanderthal life and the immediate substitution by Cro-magnon. Ana was part of the Atapuerca team during the years of major discoveries at this World Heritage-listed archaeological site, and received the prestigous Prince of Asturias Prize in 1997 awarded to the Atapuerca Team. She was the 2005 Humanities Awardee of the Wings World Quest Foundation and named Spanish Distinguished Researcher in 2006 by the Spanish Government.