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 conductedinto Florida Everglades alligators, Cuban jumping crocodiles, snake handlers in Myanmar, and great whites off South Africaand 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 Geographics herpetologist-in-residence. Bradys National Geographic film credits include EXPLORERs 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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