Wade Davis

Wade Davis


Wade Davis is an 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.” 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.

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 fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations 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 Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture.

Photograph/Ryan Hill

Wade Davis @authorwadedavis

Take a second and watch this amazing video by my young friend. @trevorfrost https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k89r8w1RVc

An interview I did, please check it out!


Plz take a sec and like my young friend's Facebook page here. https://www.facebook.com/trevorbeckfrost

Speaking about Sacred Headwaters for @NatGeo Live in Seattle on 12th, 13th, and 14th of January. Tickets here http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/event-series/seattle-speaker-series/


Join me this summer on a heli hiking adventure in the Bugaboos.

If interested in joining me on a heli hiking adventure in the Bugaboos, follow link to learn more

Audio from a lecture I gave at University of Utah

Please find me on facebook at:

On the @Strombo show tonight! Tune in at 7pm, #Canada. #GTonight


if you're into Toronto, pick up free tickets to the George Stroumboulopoulos show for tomorrow at link. I'll be there!

Final tweet for the day: if you haven't liked my facebook page already, please do so at:

Best news of 2012: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bcs-sacred-headwaters-to-remain-protected-from-drilling/article6504385/

If you would like a signed copy of my book Nomads of the Dawn ($20) or Lost Amazon ($30), send me an email at wadedavis53@gmail.com

RT @globeandmail: Fascination with the fatal mountain by @authorwadedavis http://bit.ly/LRtfAF #Everest #mountaineering

How explorers navigate the world without getting lost: http://on.natgeo.com/KeThZX

My young friend @trevorfrost wrote a great blog post at @NatGeo traveler about ancient/modern navigation. http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/2012/05/09/how-we-navigate-the-world/

Coming April 2 - The search for Genghis Khan’s tomb using crowd sourcing + digital technology. http://bit.ly/Hc6ccR #Seattle @benaroyahall

rivers of sacred headwaters listed as most endangered rivers in Canada http://skeenawatershed.com/news/article/sacred_headwaters_and_kokish_river_jointly_top_bcs_most_endangered_rivers_l

Researchers find encouraging evidence of lost da Vinci painting behind 16th-century mural: http://on.natgeo.com/zv09U0

Honoured to have the support of @authorWadeDavis, who will be with me on #Saltspring Island this afternoon. http://bit.ly/yX8FC0 #ndpldr