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Meet Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is an American biogeographer, a scientist that studies species in locations over time. He has studied why some cultures survive and prosper and why others fail and disappear. He is an explorer-in-residence at National Geographic and a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles and has written several books, including Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, which won him a Pulitzer Prize.