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Mireya Mayor - Primatologist - Changemaker Speaker Series
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Mireya Mayor – Primatologist

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Dr. Mireya Mayor is a primatologist, explorer, National Science Foundation fellow, Fulbright scholar, and Emmy Award–nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel. Her explorations have led to several scientific discoveries, most notably her co-discovery in Madagascar of the world’s smallest primate. Mireya has hosted dozens of documentaries, including her Nat Geo WILD series, Wild Nights with Mireya Mayor; Expedition Africa on the History Channel; La Cuba De Hoy on Nat Geo Mundo, and the Travel Channel’s hit series Expedition Bigfoot. Her book, Pink Boots and a Machete, was published in 2011. Mireya is also director of exploration and science communications at Florida International University, where she is helping scientists effectively communicate complex topics. She’s been recognized as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, a Fulbright Global Changemaker, and one of Stony Brook University’s “40 under Forty.”

Featured Presentation

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King Kong in My Pocket

Join world-renowned scientist and National Geographic explorer Mireya Mayor on a wild and inspiring romp through her unconventional path to success. From her early days as an NFL cheerleader to near-death experiences in the Congo and co-discovering the world’s smallest primate in Madagascar, Mireya shares her incredible journey with us. Mireya hosts a wide variety of TV series, including the Travel Channel’s hit series Expedition Bigfoot. Between field expeditions, on-screen work, and her real-life drama of juggling a family of eight, Mireya reminds us that we are capable of more than we can imagine.