Edmund Wade Davis
(born December 14, 1953) is a noted Canadian anthropologist
, author and photographer whose work has focused on worldwide indigenous cultures, especially in North and South America and particularly involving the traditional uses and beliefs associated with psychoactive
plants. Davis came to prominence with his 1985 best-selling book The Serpent and the Rainbow
about the zombies
Davis has published popular articles in Outside
, National Geographic
and Condé Nast Traveler
In 2009 he was selected to be the speaker for the Massey Lectures
, for his publication, The Wayfinders
Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.
An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant......