Stephen Cunha

Author, Educator, Geographer

Geographer, educator, and author Stephen F. Cunha spent ten years as a national park ranger in Yosemite and Alaska. Recently retired as a geography professor at California's Humboldt State University, he studies diverse landscapes around the world. He is the author of National Geographic's Our Fifty States and How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: The Official Study Guide. For more than a decade, he directed the California Geographic Alliance, which promotes geographic education and literacy among California teachers, students, and the public. Stephen often travels to and lectures on U.S. and Canadian national parks with National Geographic Expeditions travelers, and on private-jet expeditions that circumnavigate the globe. He spent four years developing the Pamir National Park in eastern Tajikistan, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. He received the California State University system’s highest award for exemplary contributions and achievements in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service.