Paul Sereno

Paleontologist/National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

Paul Sereno is a paleontologist and a professor in the University of Chicago’s department of organismal biology and anatomy. He is also an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

Sereno grew up in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and studied art and biology as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. While earning a doctorate in geology at Columbia University, Sereno began studying dinosaur fossils at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Later traveling around the world, he studied and photographed dinosaur fossils in far-flung collections in China and Mongolia. In 1987 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he now teaches paleontology and evolution to graduate and undergraduate students and human anatomy to medical students.

Discoverer of new dinosaur species on several continents, Sereno fuses his mission of scientific research with educational efforts, engaging his students in the process of discovery by taking them to the field to search for fossils. In 1998 Sereno and his wife, Gabrielle Lyon, co-founded Project Exploration, an organization dedicated to bringing dinosaur discoveries and natural science to the public and providing innovative educational opportunities for city youths.

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 Brady Barr

Field Specialist/Herpetologist

Known affectionately as the Gator Doc, herpetologist Brady Barr has turned a lifelong passion for animal life into several of the most ambitious field studies ever conducted—into Florida Everglades alligators, Cuban jumping crocodiles, snake handlers in Myanmar, and great whites off South Africa—and ongoing research into conservation of the American crocodile in Costa Rica.

In 1997, Barr signed on with National Geographic Television as a field specialist for the weekly EXPLORER series, becoming National Geographic’s herpetologist-in-residence. Brady’s National Geographic film credits include EXPLORER’s “Gator Doc,” “Savage Salties,” “Velvet Killers,” and “Crocodile Wild,” and the kids videos Comets and Asteroids, Earth Alive, and Where Storms Begin.

Barr was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. He received a bachelor of science degree in science education from Indiana University in 1987, and a master of science degree (1994) and a doctorate degree (1997) in biology from the University of Miami.

His recent work in Costa Rica as a National Geographic Society grantee focuses on conservation and preservation of the American crocodile.

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