Ana Gonzales was born in Costa Rica but she now live in Los Angeles. She and her family are working together with the expedition team to trace the ancestral origins of Central America.
Dr. Osvaldo Garcia Goyco
Dr. Goyco is an anthropologist whose research focuses on the Circum-Caribbean Region of Puerto Rico. His expertise include pre-Columbian, Historic,Industrial (Sugarcane Haciendas) and modern remains to evaluate their importance. He holds a Ph.D. in American Anthropology and Archaeology from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.He teaches courses in Archaeology and Ethnology of the indigenous ethnic groups, including the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, The Andes and the Tropical Lowlands of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins. He also teaches he subjects Human Evolution and covers many subjects related with the evolution of life on Earth, including Paleontology and Paleoanthropologyand primate behavior. His expertise include pre-Columbian, Historic,Industrial (Sugarcane Haciendas) and modern remains to evaluate their importance.
Dr. Alexander Benitez
Dr. Benitez is an archaeologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. He was awarded a B.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in
Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has conducted extensive
archaeological research in the U.S. Southwest and the Central Highlands region of Mesoamerica. Since 2009, he has directed the Smithsonian Latino Center sponsored Central American Ceramics Research Project at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Dr. Fabio Amador
Dr. Amador directs the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program and is an associate research professor of anthropology at George Washington University. He is also a research associate at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. He is an archaeologist specializing in the documentation and visualization of
terrestrial and underwater biocultural heritage sites. He has worked in archaeological sites throughout the Americas and is presently conducting research on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Fabio is also developing research projects with Cuban scientists for the study of underwater archaeological sites. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and Cuba. His interest in Taino Indian culture (which spanned the Greater Antilles, including Cuba) is focused on the exploration of submerged cave systems where much ritual activity occurred. Before joining the National Geographic staff, Fabio was a professor of archaeology and a researcher for the Council for Scientific Investigation at the National University of El Salvador.
Dr. Maria Theresa Martinez
Dr. Martinez was born in Panama City, Panama. She studied cultural anthropology at the Universidad de Panama and went on to pursue a doctorate in Archaeology with a focus on Pre-Columbian civilizations at Oxford. Her interests lie specifically with the communities of Central America. She has organized several exhibitions at the Smithsonian. In addition, she has published in several journals and written articles for the American Anthropological Association. Dr. Martinez enjoys field expeditions focused on the Kuna and other indigenous people of Panama. As a child, she enjoyed creating her own adventures, exploring outside, looking for fossils and other artifacts alongside the banks of the Panama Canal.