Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by NGS as one of the explorers for the Milennium, Wade’s work has taken him to Borneo, Nepal, Peru, East Africa, Haiti, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, and the high Arctic, among other places. An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in Anthropology and Biology and received his PhD in ethnobotany from Harvard University. Davis has spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among 15 indigenous groups from 8 nations in Latin America.
Davis is the recipient of numerous awards including the Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (2009) and the 2002 Lannon Foundation prize for literary non-fiction. A native of British Columbia, Davis is a licensed river guide and has also worked as a park ranger and forestry engineer. He has published 165 scientific and popular articles on topics ranging from ethnobotany to the global biodiversity crisis. His photographs have appeared in some 20 books and 80 magazines from National Geographic to Time. A professional speaker for almost 20 years, Davis has lectured at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Geographic Society to name a few. Wade joined CREE due to his interest in cultural survival and indigenous management of natural resources. CREE is fortunate to have his anthropological expertise to draw upon in its work towards village-led sustainability solutions.
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