Bryan Christy is Director of Special Investigations and Contributing Writer for National Geographic magazine.  He was named 2014 National Geographic Explorer of the Year, is a National Geographic Society Fellow, and his work on international wildlife crime has been cited as one of ten ways National Geographic has changed the world.


He is author of the The Lizard King: the true crimes and passions of the world’s greatest reptile smugglers (TWELVE).  His non-fiction has appeared in National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Playboy and law journals. Every one of his feature magazine stories has been submitted for a National Magazine Award. He is a founding editor of National Geographic’s A Voice for Elephant’s Blog.  His international ivory investigation was made into the award-winning National Geographic/PBS documentary Battle for the Elephants.

An expert on international wildlife crime he has appeared on CNN’s Amanpour, MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner, Fox News, NPR’s the Diane Rehm Show, PBS NewsHour.

He is a frequent public speaker on international crime, wildlife trade, and the power of storytelling (e.g., for INTERPOL, Malaysian Academy of Sciences, NY Bar Association, US Dept of State, Siam Society, and veterinary programs) and was selected as a Centennial Speaker by the US Department of Justice.

Christy began his professional career as a 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 also worked in the Executive Office of the President, Office of the US Trade Representative.

Bryan Christy on PBS NewsHour