Brian Fagan was born in England, was educated at Cambridge University (BA, MA, and PhD). He worked in Central Africa before coming to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1967. He is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and an independent scholar. Brian is the author of numerous general books on archaeology, ancient climate change, and most recently histories of water and ancient seafaring. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading archaeological writers and lecturers about archaeology, water, and ancient climate all over the world. His most recent books are Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind and Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Ocean, both Bloomsbury Press, New York. The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future of Rising Sea Levels will be published in June 2013.