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Dr Cecil Schwalbe holds a Gila monster

Some years ago, John was invited to join the staff of National Geographic News. Not wanting to leave teaching, John became a video producer for the vaunted National Geographic Society, instead. Over the course of two years and three different owners, John served as a video producer for the historic publication, before Alan, who was just a university student at the time, joined as an associate producer.

Alan and John both draw from backgrounds in science and science communication. John, a graduate of the University of Arizona, holds degrees in biology and journalism; while Alan spent the bulk of his college career producing science stories and videos for local publications, including the local affiliate for the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS), and earning two of his Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards as an associate producer for two science documentaries.

Gila monsters, the only venomous lizard in the entire United States, calls the desert of Arizona its home. The unique animal boasts features more common to tropical lizards. How are they surviving amidst the growing human population and rising temperatures?
More than 400,000 viewers tuned in to this National Geographic video that takes them inside the one-and-only giant telescope mirror factory in the basement of a football stadium. Giant mirrors that can be as thin as a billionth of a meter.
Senior Producer: Jeff Hertrick Producer: John de Dios Associate Producer: Hannah Silva (Bergeron) for National Geographic Society
Biosphere 2 is truly one of the most unique places in the world. Nestled in the mountains northwest of Tucson, Ariz., this manmade marvel serves as a laboratory for ocean and soil scientists from all over the world.