bio

Bryan Christy is Director of Special Investigations and Contributing Writer for National Geographic, a public speaker, and author of the non-fiction book The Lizard King: the true crimes and passions of the world’s greatest reptile smugglers.

His work on wildlife crime has been cited as one of ten ways National Geographic has changed the world. He has appeared on such programs as PBS NewsHour, CNN’s Amanpour, MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner, Fox News, NPR’s the Diane Rehm Show.

Christy began his professional career as an international lawyer 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, and Tokyo University Law School (where he was a Fulbright Scholar). He passed the CPA exam and has 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, US Dept of State, 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.

His non-fiction has appeared in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Playboy and law journals. He is a founding editor of National Geographic’s A Voice for Elephant’s Blog.  Every one of his feature stories has been submitted for a National Magazine Award.

Bryan Christy on PBS NewsHour