Wade Davis

WADE DAVIS is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him throughout the world. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Author of 20 books, including ONE RIVER, THE WAYFINDERS, and INTO THE SILENCEwinner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic Channel. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration, the 2015 Centennial Medal of Harvard University, the 2017 Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award, and the 2017 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Photo Credit: Xandra Uribe


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