Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 2000 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”
His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an 8-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic. His most recent film, El Sendero de la Anaconda, a 90-minute feature documentary shot in the Northwest Amazon, is available on Netflix.
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About Keynote Speaker Wade Davis
Wade Davis is an ethnographer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among 15 indigenous groups while making some 6000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.
Davis is the author of 365 scientific and popular articles and 23 books including One River (1996), The Wayfinders (2009), Into the Silence (2011) and Magdalena (2020). His photographs have been widely exhibited and have appeared in 37 books and 130 magazines, including National Geographic, Time, Geo, People, Men’s Journal, and Outside. He was curator of The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes, first exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. In 2012 he served as guest curator of No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World, at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. He is curator of Everest: Ascent to Glory, Bowers Museum, February 12-August 28, 2022. National Geographic has published two collections of his photography, Light at the Edge of the World (2001) and Wade Davis: Photographs (2018).
Wade Davis Keynote Speaker Topics
– Magdalena: River of Dreams (Knopf 2020)
– Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest (Knopf 2011)
– The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World (House of Anansi, 2009 CBC Massey Lectures)
– One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rainforest, (Simon & Schuster 1996) and The Lost Amazon (Chronicle Books, 2004)
– The Serpent and the Rainbow: An Exploration of Haitian Vodoun, Secret Societies
and Zombies (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster 1997)
– The Healing Forest: The Ethnobotanical Search for New Medicines (The Clouded Leopard, Douglas & McIntyre 1998)
– The Art of Shamanic Healing (Shadows in the Sun, Island Press, 2010)
– White Blood of the Forest: The Untold Story of Modern Rubber (Fortune Magazine, August 4, 1997)
– Mother India
– The Buddhist Science of the Mind
– Polynesian Navigation and the Settling of the Known World (The Wayfinders (House of Anansi, 2009)
– River Notes: A Natural and Human History of the Colorado (Island Press, 2013)
– Cowboys of the Americas (Cowboys of the Americas, Greystone Books, 2016)
– The Promised Land: The Buried History of the Holy Land
– The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass (Greystone Books, 2011)
– If We Build It They Will Come: Industrial Folly and the Fate of Northwest British Columbia
A professional speaker for over twenty-five years, Davis has lectured at some 200 universities in the USA and abroad, the National Geographic Society, TED, Bohemian Grove, the Young Presidents Organization, and more than 100 corporate clients.