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UDaily: Faculty member earns "National Geographic Explorer" designation

UDaily: Faculty member earns "National Geographic Explorer" designation

Jon Cox, assistant professor of art who was the University of Delaware project manager for a multidisciplinary team that focused on documenting the culture of the indigenous Ese’Eja people of Peru, has been named a “National Geographic Explorer.” The designation recognizes the contributions of a wide-ranging group of researchers and others who have made their marks in exploration and discovery.

The list of National Geographic Explorers encompasses such specialists as ocean explorers, geneticists, elephant researchers, conservation biologists, archaeologists, filmmakers and linguists.

The Ese’Eja project included a three-week expedition to the Amazon rain forest in spring 2014, in which UD students, faculty and other team members performed “cultural mapping” to explore the hunting, gathering and fishing community.

The Ese’Eja’s numbers have plummeted in recent years, and their traditional culture is threatened by development, industry and restricted access to ancestral lands.