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About Richard Wiese

In early 2002, Richard Wiese became the youngest president in The Explorers Club’s hundred-year history. The fabled society’s members have included Teddy Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Charles Lindberg, Bob Ballard, Jane Goodall, and Sir Edmund Hillary

Recently he has worked in the Yucatan jungle of Mexico putting satellite collars on jaguars; climbed and sampled the most geologically unique volcano in the world, Tanzania's Oldonyo Lengai; and has been a member of two expeditions to Antarctica to core glaciers for the purpose of climatological studies. Expedition member of the 2004 Yeronisos Island Expedition, an archaeological dig in Cyprus to find the birth temple of Caesarion son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar and in 2005 led an expedition to bio-prospect for extremophiles and new life forms in Mount Kilimanjaro's crater, resulting in the discovery of 29 new life forms.Most recently he trek down the deepest canyon in the world and was involved in the first microbial survey of Central Park in NYC resulting in the discovery of 202 new and unique life forms.

  • Completed the first ascent of an unclimbed peak in the Wrangell
    Mountains of Alaska in 2005
  • Cross Country skied to the North Pole 2006
  • Was the U.S. Representative to the Moussem de Tan Tan, a gathering of 45,000 nomadic Arabs in the desert of southern Morocco, by invitation of King Mohammed VI
  • Organizer/Founder of Central Park "Bio Blitz": 24 hour, cataloguing
    of all life forms including new species by over 500 world-class scientists and students. 100 million media impressions
  • Founder: The Explorers Club Film Festival - 2003
  • Symposium with the President of Iceland- 2004

During his Presidency, Richard has been honored to speak at the United Nations, the Royal Geographical Society, Bohemian Grove,University of Miami School of Engineering and in the Congress of Argentina.

American Museum of Natural History Expeditions
Explorer in residence

Science Achievement Award
2006 reciprient of the Science Museum of Long Island Science achievement award

Boy Scout of America Honor
2005 Boy Scouts of America honored Richard Wiese by naming a camp after him at their National Jamboree

Halo Award
2004 Golden Halo Advertising Award for Best Environmental/Wildlife Campaign

Men's Journal "Ask the Explorer" monthly adventure travel advise -2004

UK column covering daily earth events and environmental issues -2000-2001

Quoted In
USA Today, NY Times, Newsday, People , Science, National Geographic, LA Times, Times of London,Wine Spectator, Forbes etc.

Recent Television Appearances
Late Night with Craig Ferguson,CNN, Dateline, FOX News , BBC, MSNBC, ABC News, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America ,WB11 Morning Show, etc.

"Exploration with Richard Wiese" 2005-present
Nationally syndicated weekly wildlife adventure nature TV series

Network of the World 2000-2001

London based 30 minute daily live science show, world’s first fully converged online broadcast service. Specialist in extreme weather, volcanoes , earthquakes, space and oceanography

Hell on Earth
BBC/Discovery Science soon to be released


Brown University
B.Sc. geology/biology 1978-1982

Columbia University
Graduate school, Applied physiology 1988

Elected Societies
Explorers Club – Fellow
Royal Geographic Society -London, Fellow
American Meteorological Society 

*Currently a former President of The Explorers club and has no affiliation with their travel program
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