The Vancouver Institute presents:
Dr. Wade Davis: The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena and Nass
Dr. Wade Davis began his career as a plant explorer and ethnobotanist, spending four years in the Andes and Amazon while making some 6,000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of “zombies.” His recent work as a scholar and advocate has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Botswana, Nepal, Bhutan, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia, the high Arctic of Nunavut and Greenland.
Davis is the author of some 20 books and more than 200 scientific and popular articles for such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harpers and Scientific American. He has received numerous awards for his writing, photography and conservation efforts. His books have appeared in 18 languages and sold more than a million copies worldwide.
Davis’s photographs have been widely exhibited, appearing in some 30 books and more than 100 publications, including National Geographic, Time, and Outside. He was curator of The Lost Amazon, first exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, and currently touring Latin America. In 2012 he served as curator of No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World, an exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
Since joining the National Geographic Davis has written, produced and hosted 18 documentary films. In 2008 he starred in the 3D IMAX documentary Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk, where he travelled down the Colorado River with Robert Kennedy Jr. to bring international attention to water conservation efforts.
His most recent books include Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest (2011), an international bestseller, The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena and the Nass (2011), and River Notes: A Natural and Human History of the Colorado (2012).
When: Saturday, January 18 at 8:15 p.m.
Where: Lecture Hall No. 2 of the UBC Woodward Instructional Resources Centre