Christopher Sloan

Specialties: Author, Editor

Christopher Sloan is an award-winning author and art director who specializes in bringing non-visual scientific research to life for diverse audiences. Christopher worked with National Geographic magazine from 1992 to 2010 as Art Director, Senior Editor, and Director of Mission Projects. During this time, he played a key role in developing and producing the magazine’s archaeology, paleoanthropology, and paleontology stories as well as other stories about the Society’s grantees. These include many popular cover stories, such as Dawn of Humans, Neanderthals, Evolution of Mammals, Sea Monsters, Rise and Fall of the Maya, Bizarre Dinosaurs, and Secrets of Stonehenge. Christopher has also written feature articles for National Geographic, including “Found: Earliest Child,” the November 2006 cover story about the discovery of a 3.3 million-year-old baby human ancestor in Ethiopia. While on a dig in remote western China, he discovered a new genus of prehistoric crocodile—Jungaarsuchus sloanii—that now bears his name.

Christopher's enthusiasm for communicating about science to a broad audience extends to popular literature and children’s books. What Does it Mean to be Human?, co-authored with Rick Potts, is a companion book to the popular new Human Origins hall of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Christopher has also written eight award-winning children’s books for National Geographic, including Mummies, How Dinosaurs Took Flight,and The Human Story, prepared in collaboration with Meave Leakey.

As a science communicator, Christopher enjoys lecturing on visualizing science. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s Lanzendorf Paleoart Committee and is an active member of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Evolutionary Synthesis Center workshop on improving public understanding of human origins. He is president of Science Visualization, a Washington, D.C.-area-based company that specializes in developing science content for television, exhibitions, and print.

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