About Neil

About Neil

Neil Thomas Bockoven is an award-winning Ph.D. geologist and journalist with 35 years of experience in minerals exploration.

He has been featured in Geological Society of America Bulletin, Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Virginia Journal of Science and many other scientific publications. He has appeared multiple times on several popular radio talk shows to discuss a variety of science-based subjects and his books. Neil is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Archaeological Conservancy, and is an Impact Member of the Center for Study of the First Americans.

Neil worked as a geologist for Exxon/ExxonMobil in Denver, Midland, Houston, New Orleans, and Albuquerque. He coordinated dozens of joint ventures with oil and gas companies, including rights to the entire King Ranch in Texas.

Neil attended The College of William and Mary, where he was a member of the state champion swim team, and received a Bachelor of Arts. He went on to The University of Texas at Austin, earning a masters and doctorate. He has published articles on topics as diverse as the geology of huge volcanic calderas of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Mexico to sexual dimorphism in Astarte clams.

His current interests center on the interaction between Early Modern Humans and Neanderthals during the Paleolithic Age, and the amazing related discoveries being made through archaeology and genetics. In addition to Moctu and the Mammoth People, Neil also has published a related children’s book titled When We Met Neanderthals.

Neil Bockoven at the Museum