Ford Cochran is Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions, selecting the writers, photographers, explorers, scholars, and others the Society sends to destinations around the world. Over his 20 years with the Geographic, Ford has written for National Geographic magazine, served as principal contributing writer for its Historical Atlas of the United States, helped launch Nationalgeographic.com and directed content development and programming for the website, and documented numerous Society-funded research expeditions in the field. His work online has earned multiple Webby, CODiE, and People’s Voice Awards, along with the Gold MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums. Ford blogs for National Geographic, and has traveled as a Society expert on National Geographic Expeditions to Iceland, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, the Canadian Rockies and Pacific Northwest, and the National Parks of the West.
Ford studied English literature at the College of William & Mary and Earth science at Harvard and Yale, where he did his graduate field research on volcanoes and climate change in Hawaii and on Mount St. Helens. He was an assistant professor of geology and environmental science at the University of Kentucky before joining the National Geographic staff.