John Long is the Strategic Professor of Paleontology at Flinders University in Adelaide and part of the largest paleontological research team in Australia. He has held several research positions at major museums including several years as Vice President of Research and Collections at the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County in California. Over the course of his career, he has discovered and described more than 85 extinct creatures in remote locations ranging from Antarctica, China, Iran, Thailand, and his native Australia, published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous pieces in Scientific American and Nature, and writes regularly for The Conversation, where his piece about Megalodon has been read by close to a million people.
Widely considered the Godfather of Biodiversity, Thomas Lovejoy is a pioneering biologist who coined the term “biodiversity” and is credited with founding the field of climate change biology. He is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and the world’s leading authority on conservation ecology.
Debora MacKenzie has been covering emerging diseases for more than 30 years as a science journalist for outlets like New Scientist magazine. She has been reporting on COVID-19 from the start, and she was among the first journalists to suggest that it could become a pandemic. From SARs to rabies and Ebola to AIDs, she's been on the frontline in reporting on how pandemics form, why they spread, and how to stop them throughout her career. In addition to infectious disease, she also specializes in reporting on the science of complexity and social organization. In 2010, she won the American Society for Microbiology Public Communication Award. Before becoming a journalist, she worked as a biomedical researcher.
Robert Martin is A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago. An eminent primatologist and evolutionary biologist, he has taught at Yale, University College London, the Musée de l’Homme and the Anthropological Institute in Zürich. He is the author of How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction (Basic Books).
Amanda R. Martinez is a science writer, playwright, and multimedia producer. She is the author of Battle at the End of Eden, about the fight to preserve the most delicate environments on earth. Her articles have appeared in The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, Scientific American, and elsewhere. Her new book, The Power of Nostalgia, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press.
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and an internationally renowned authority on dogs; a longtime co-host of Calling All Pets, which was syndicated on NPR; and the author of The Other End of the Leash and, most recently, For the Love of a Dog (Ballantine). Dr. McConnell is also an Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Joanne McNeil’s was the inaugural winner of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation's Arts Writing Award for an emerging writer. She has been a resident at Eyebeam, a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, and an instructor at the School for Poetic Computation. Her first book Lurking: How a Person Became a User was published in 2020 and her debut novel Wrong Way as well as her next nonfiction book Too Early for the Future are both forthcoming from MCD/FSG.
Liza Mundy, former Washington Post reporter and a Bernard Schwartz Fellow and Director of the Work and Family Program at the New American Foundation, is the author of the award-winning Everything Conceivable: How the Science of Assisted Reproduction is Changing Our World (Knopf), the internationally bestselling biography of Michelle Obama, Michelle (Simon & Schuster), The Richer Sex (Simon & Schuster), and Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Hachette Books).
Laine Nooney believes in creating histories that imagine better futures. She is an Assistant Professor of Media and Information Industries in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and her research has been published in Game Studies, American Journal of Play, Journal of Visual Culture, Feminist Media Histories, and The Atlantic.
Jay Owens is a writer and researcher based in London, UK. Her work explores dust and digital media – both complex, ambivalent ecosystems where grand technological dreams come to clash with messier practical realities. Her research and comment on technology, media culture and behaviour has received coverage in the Guardian, VICE and advertising press, and her 2018 essay ‘Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture’ is forthcoming in Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production (Punctum Books, 2019) alongside chapters from McKenzie Wark and Andrea Nagel. She regularly speaks at design, media & arts conferences and events. Her writing on media, technology, and place has also been published by Quartz, Medium, Roads & Kingdoms, and ICON magazine.
A former CEO of Reddit and junior partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Pao is a cofounder of the Project Include diversity-in-tech initiative.
Pamela is a tech emotionographer, professor of design at Pratt Institute, and founder of the creative studio Subjective. An expert on our emotional relationship with technology, she’s spoken at conferences around the world including SXSW, TNW, Web Summit, and TEDx, and her insights have appeared in The New York Times, the LA Times, NPR, Slate, CBC, and Quartz. She is the author of Emotionally Intelligent Design (O’Reilly), a book for designers and developers, and is currently writing #FEELS: How Technology is Changing Our Emotional Life for the Better, for everyone using technology.
Steve Ramirez is a Junior Fellow at Harvard University and an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Boston University, where he is also the principal investigator of the Ramirez Group. His work in artificially manipulating memories has appeared in Science and Nature, and has been covered by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and TIME Magazine. Steve has won numerous teaching and science awards, including the Smithsonian Magazine's "American Ingenuity" award, a Forbes "30 Under 30" award, and National Geographic Society's Emerging Explorer award, and he has also delivered a TED talk.
Alexa Tsoulis-Reay is a Senior Writer at New York Magazine, where she helped launch the popular “What It’s Like” column for the site’s Science of Us vertical. Born in Auckland, New Zealand and educated in Melbourne, London, and New York, Tsoulis-Reay holds two Master’s degrees and has written for publications like Glamour, Slate, Vice, Bitch, and Newsweek.
David Rose is the scientist, technology visionary, and serial entrepreneur who helped bring to market Guitar Hero, one of the highest grossing video games in entertainment history. He is an contributor and collaborator at MIT’s fabled Media Lab, CEO of Ditto Labs, and author of Enchanted Objects (Scribner).
Julia J. Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, Speech, and Hearing at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has her training from McGill University, University of Calgary and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In her current position she teaches child clinical psychology as well as a course devoted to Mental Health and Nutrition, the only one of its kind in NZ. She is regularly featured in the media and her 2014 TEDx talk has been viewed over 1.3 million times.
Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, Russell is the author of Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and his work has appeared in Slate, the Washington Post, Aeon, the New York Times, and elsewhere.
Dr. Rafe Sagarin was a marine ecologist at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 where he was leading a project to create a living model of the Gulf of California. His two recent books are Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorism, Natural Disasters, and Disease (Basic Books) and Observation and Ecology: Broadening the Scope of Science to Understand a Complex World (Island Press).
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and educator, as well as the host of PBS’s Dinosaur Train show, the Chief Curator of the Denver Museum of Natural History, and the author of How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature (Houghton Mifflin).
Evan I. Schwartz is author of The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit and the Birth of Television (HarperCollins), named one of the 75 best business books of all time by Fortune, and Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story (Houghton Mifflin). He is a former award-winning editor at Businessweek and MIT’s Technology Review and has been published in WIRED and the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. With Myrieme Churchill, an esteemed psychotherapist, he is writing Crossing Casablanca, a riveting memoir about Ms. Churchill’s early life.
Laurie Segall is an award-winning investigative journalist known for her interviews with tech founders. Formerly the senior technology correspondent for CNN, she developed and hosted a series of docuseries that explored the impact of technology on sex, love, and death.
Josh Seiden is an expert on startups, technology and apps, as well as principal at the consulting firm Neo and co-author of Lean UX (O’Reilly Publishing) and the forthcoming Sense and Respond (Harvard Business Review Press), on how IT and apps are revolutionizing the entire practice of management.
Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is an author and scientist and has been described by Professor Jim Al-Khalili as ‘one of the most fascinating and important scientists alive today.’He is Principal of Jesus College, Oxford and Chairman of the Open Data Institute, which he co-founded with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and was previously Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton. Shadbolt is an interdisciplinary researcher, policy expert and commentator. He has studied and researched Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Science and the emerging field of Web science and has made significant contributions to all of these disciplines. Running through all of his work has been his desire to understand how intelligent behaviour is embodied and emerges in humans, machines and most recently on the Web.
Shalinee Sharma is CEO and co-founder of Zearn, a nonprofit educational organization that created Zearn Math. A top-rated math learning platform used by 1 in 4 elementary students nationwide, Zearn Math supports teachers with research-backed curriculum and digital lessons proven to double the learning gains of a typical year of instruction. Prior to Zearn, Shalinee spent more than a decade at Bain & Co. leading work for clients in tech, education, and other sectors. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Brown University, and currently serves on the Braven Board and is an Aspen-Pahara Fellow. The child of refugees, Shalinee has always been passionate about universal access to an excellent education.
Jagadish Shukla is a Distinguished University Professor and the Founding Chairman of the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences at George Mason University. He has made fundamental contributions to the study of climate dynamics and was one of the lead authors of the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Gore.
Stillman’s books include Blood Brothers (Ohioana Book Award Winner; Kirkus Reviews, starred review; “Best of the West 2018,” True West Magazine); Desert Reckoning (winner of the Spur and LA Press Club Awards for Nonfiction, an Amazon Editors Pick, based on a Rolling Stone piece), and Mustang, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. In addition, she wrote the cult classic, Twentynine Palms, a Los Angeles Times bestseller that Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” She's a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert MFA Low Residency Creative Writing Program, where she teaches nonfiction.
A writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany, Stone has written for National Geographic and is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast. His work has also appeared in Time, the Washington Post, Vice, and Literary Hub, and he teaches environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University.
Professor Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine (Autumn 2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world.Born in Liverpool in 1946, one of five children, he trained as a doctor at Oxford University and at St Thomas’ in London before going on to become Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford. Professor Tallis retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer, though he remained Visiting Professor at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London until 2008.Over the last 20 years Raymond Tallis has published fiction, three volumes of poetry, and 23 books on the philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art and cultural criticism. Together with over two hundred articles in Prospect, Times Literary Supplement and many other outlets, these books offer a critique of current predominant intellectual trends and an alternative understanding of human consciousness, the nature of language and of what it is to be a human being. For this work, Professor Tallis has been awarded two honorary degrees: DLitt (Hon. Causa) from the University of Hull in 1997; and LittD (Hon. Causa) at the University of Manchester 2002. He was Visiting Professor of English at the University of Liverpool until 2013.
Assistant Professor of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech, Vinsel is the author of Moving Violations: Automobiles, Experts, and Regulations in the United States (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press), and his work has appeared in Bloomberg, Aeon, the New York Times, and elsewhere
Lizzie Wade is an award-winning journalist and correspondent for Science, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals, where she covers archaeology, anthropology, and Latin America for the magazine’s print and online news sections. Her work has also appeared in Wired, The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, Aeon, Smithsonian, Archaeology, and California Sunday, among other publications.
Bryan Walsh spent 15 years as a journalist, foreign correspondent, and international editor for TIME magazine. He continues to write and produce science and health stories for outlets including TIME, Bloomberg, and Newsweek, and he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.
Maya Wei-Haas is an award-winning reporter at National Geographic. She writes about all things science and has a particular affection for rocks and reactions. Maya pursued a bachelor's in geology at Smith College and then won an NSF fellowship to support her Ph.D. work in Earth Science at the Ohio State University. She's traveled the world in the name of science, scooping ice melt from the top of Antarctic glaciers and hauling up sediments from Svalbard lakes. She made the jump to journalism with the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship. Now she's working to bring these types of adventures—and the science that surrounds us—to all. In 2019, she was honored with AGU's David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism for her story about the discovery of a submarine volcano's birth. In addition to National Geographic, her work has appeared at Smithsonian.com and EOS. She's working on a forthcoming children's book about the amazing things that rocks can reveal with Phaidon Press.
Rob Wesson is a geophysicist whose career in earthquake research with the U.S. Geological Survey spans four decades. He is currently a Scientist Emeritus at the USGS and his work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. He divides his time between his home in Evergreen, Colorado and the cabin he built in McCarthy, Alaska.
Christian Wolmar is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and author of a series of books on railway history. Described by The Guardian as ‘the greatest expert on British trains’ he is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading commentators on transport matters.
Clive D. Wynne is a professor of behavioral psychology at Arizona State University where he also directs the Canine Science Collaboratory. The author of the textbook, Animal Cognition, and an academic book on animal intelligence, Do Animals Think?, Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You is his first trade book.
Olivia Yallop is an influencer strategist, trend forecaster and head of Fairy Futures at The Digital Fairy, an all-female creative agency and digital consultancy based in London. She has a degree from the University of Oxford. She has guest lectured at the London College of Fashion on the subject of brands and social media. She hosts a DigiDebates panel series (social media-related discussions held as an old-school style debate) at Soho House in London, and also a Fairy Futures podcast. She also writes a monthly pop-cultural tech column for Miss Vogue, aimed at encouraging the next generation of women in digital.