Dr. Beverly Goodman
National Geographic Channel
Biography: To almost anyone else, the broken shells would look like broken shells. But Dr. Beverly Goodman stares at the shattered fragments and sees an ancient tsunami. What’s more, the mysterious story she coaxes from the two thousand year-old remnants may also predict the future. Dr. Goodman blends skills from archeology, geology, and anthropology to explore the complex ways nature and humans interact on coastlines. “Analyzing the causes and effects of ancient environmental events like tsunamis can help tell us which types of coasts are at greatest risk, and what kind of damage to expect in the future,” she explains. Dr. Goodman’s fieldwork centers in Caesarea, Israel where Herod the Great built a massive harbor at the end of the first century B.C.