Anna Curtenius Roosevelt is an anthropologist interested in human evolution, ecology, and human rights. She was the first woman to join The Explorers Club. Her research has changed understanding of history and prehistory of the tropical forests. Distinguished Professor at University of Illinois in Chicago and author/co-author of ten books and over 100 articles, she has served on the boards of many scientific and conservation organizations.
Anna Curtenius Roosevelt specializes in two main geographical areas, the Middle Amazon and the Congo Basin. For 25 years she has studied the long-term human environmental interaction in the tropics.