Bryan Christy is a Contributing Writer for National Geographic, public speaker, and author of the non-fiction book The Lizard King: the true crimes and passions of the world’s greatest reptile smugglers (soon to be a feature film from Fox2000 Pictures). His non-fiction has appeared in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Playboy and law journals. Every one of his feature stories has been submitted for a National Magazine Award.
Prior to becoming a writer Christy practiced international law in Washington, DC where he worked on such topics as US-Japan supercomputer trade, Norwegian whaling, and the sale of lightwater nuclear reactors to North Korea.
His education includes Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University Graduate School, the University of Michigan Law School (where he was the first student ever published as a professor by U of M’s international law journal), and Tokyo University Law School (where he was a Fulbright Scholar). He passed the CPA exam and worked in the Executive Office of the President, Office of the US Trade Representative.
A frequent speaker on wildlife crime (e.g., for universities, INTERPOL, AELERT, CITES, USFWS, USDOJ, ADB, Siam Society, Malaysian Academy of Sciences), and on the power of storytelling, he was selected as a Centennial Speaker by the US Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Bryan Christy on PBS NewsHour