Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Geoffrey Cox

photo of Geoffrey Cox

Prior to moving to the central North Island town of Rotorua in 1999, Geoff was a lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology teaching environmental science, zoology, botany and marine biology. Geoff is a leading author and illustrator of New Zealand natural history books for the general public having written more than 15. His book, Dinosaurs of New Zealand was the first book for the public on the subject while Prehistoric Animals of New Zealand was the first overview of this country’s prehistory. Similarly, Fountains of Fire the Story of Auckland’s Volcanoes was the first account for the public of the 50 or so volcanoes that pepper the landscape of New Zealand’s largest city. Other topics have included the Southern Alps, whales and sharks.  In addition, working principally as a natural history artist, he has illustrated over 70 books for other authors, designed three sets of New Zealand Post stamps, one set of American Post first day covers (featuring dinosaurs) and produced posters for several clients, including New Zealand Geographic magazine and the World Wildlife Fund.