About the Scholar...
“Dr. Merle Greene Robertson, director of PARI, is a Research Associate of the Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Archaeological Research Facilities, University of California, Berkeley, a Fellow of The Explorers Club, and Adjunct Curator of Pre-Columbian Art at the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco. She was awarded the ‘Order of the Aztec Eagle’ in November 1994 by the Mexican government, that country's highest award to a non-national for her work on recording and preserving Mesoamerican material.” She has been studying the Maya since 1962.
[Source for bio: http://www.mesoweb.com/pari/about.html. Image, from 1962, has been borrowed from: http://www.mesoweb.com/rubbings/about/history.html.]