Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Fulbright scholar, television correspondent, field biologist, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mireya Mayor shares her adventures from the field.
A scientist, explorer, wildlife correspondent, anthropologist and
inspirational speaker, Dr. Mireya Mayor, a Ph.D. in anthropology, has
reported on wildlife and habitat issues to worldwide audiences for more
than a decade. Once a city girl and former Miami Dolphins cheerleader
who had never been camping, Mayor has since found herself sleeping in a
rain forest hammock amid poisonous snakes; being charged by gorillas,
chased by elephants, pawed by leopards; scaling rocky cliffs; and diving
with great white sharks after a college anthropology class inspired her
to study the natural world. Mayor now dedicates her life to studying
rare primates in the wild throughout the world and working closely with
local populations. She obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from Stony
Brook University in New York, and is a National Science Foundation
Graduate Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Mayor’s true passion is to
report to audiences worldwide on pertinent wildlife and habitat issues.
She is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated field correspondent for National
Geographic’s Explorer and will be featured in the world premiere special Mystery Gorilla and the upcoming series Wild Nights for the new Nat Geo Wild network, launching in spring 2010.
Often described in the media as “a female Indiana Jones,” Mayor is
not your typical scientist. She is one of a handful of scientists to
perform critical study on the highly endangered lemur, and while
exploring the backcountry of Madagascar, she discovered a new species of
lemur. Her work with this rare primate inspired the prime minister of
Madagascar to establish a national park to help protect the new species.
Mayor divides her time between research in the rain forests of
Madagascar, lecturing at schools and universities, and traveling the
world as a wildlife correspondent. And when not deep in the jungle or
on assignment, Mireya lives in Miami with her supportive and loving
husband, Roland, and their two young daughters, Emma and Ava. They share
their home with an ever-growing menagerie of wonderful creatures.