Mike Buchheit is director of the Grand Canyon Field Institute, a professional landscape photographer and instructor, freelance travel writer, and a popular lecturer on a wide variety of Grand Canyon-related topics. As a long-time resident, 3,000-mile hiker, and frequent river runner, the Iowa native has gained an intimate knowledge of the park that he calls home. You can see some of his beautiful work on his Grand Canyon Prints web site.
Christa Sadler (geologist, author, river runner, and Grand Canyon Field Institute instructor extraordinaire) discusses Geology in terms that are easy to understand and make the rocks come alive before your very eyes. Her enthusiasm and love for the Grand Canyon will increase your appreciation a hundred-fold, whether you are hiking or simply gazing down into the depths from the rim.
Michael F. Anderson, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in history from Northern Arizona University in 1999. He has been a researcher and writer of canyon history since 1990, a teacher and guide for the Grand Canyon Field Institute since 1993, and worked as Grand Canyon National Park’s trails archeologist and cultural resource specialist for several years. In Human History, Mike provides a excellent synopsis of the park’s history before and after it became a national park. Starting with the ancient Anasazi and continuing through the present, you’ll see that people are as much a part of the Grand Canyon as are its rocks.
Robert W. “Bob” Audretsch, B.A., M.S.L.S., held professional library positions in Michigan, Ohio and Colorado from 1970 to 1987. He was editor, The Salem, Ohio, 1850 Women’s Rights Convention Proceedings book reprint, 1976. From 1987 to 2009 Bob was: a volunteer ranger at Chaco Culture National Historical Park; park ranger at Independence National Historical Park and Grand Canyon National Park (1990-2009). He has lifelong interests in nature, history and writing. In 1995 he, along with Gary Ladd, was awarded “Best Story of the Year” by Arizona Highways,for the article “Bushwacking to Cheyava Falls.”
Sally Underwood, another superb Grand Canyon Field Institute instructor, contributes articles on the fauna of Grand Canyon. As a veterinarian, her insights into the wildlife of the local region bring new appreciation for some of the animals you might be lucky enough to see during your visit. Sally contributed most of the articles on the Wildlife of Grand Canyon.
Dr. Tom Myers, long-time Grand Canyon physician, hiker, river runner, and author of popular Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, writes our article on River Trip Safety. Many of his tips are useful for any activity you might engage in at the canyon, whether it is river running, hiking or taking a mule to the bottom.