About Us


At ORACUL, we believe in working with professionals and academics who represent a diversity of ideas and disciplines. Meet the ORACUL team: a dedicated group from different backgrounds, united in their passion for research, education, and communication.


Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Dr. Schoch has devoted his life to the study of Earth, its creatures, and, for the past three decades, its most ancient civilizations. A full-time faculty member at Boston University since 1984, ORACUL's Research Director holds a B.A. (in Anthropology) and B.S. (in Geology) from George Washington University, and an M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University, among other distinctions. In the early 1990s, Dr. Schoch stunned the world with his revolutionary research that recast the date of the Great Sphinx of Egypt to a period thousands of years earlier than its standard attribution, and in doing so demonstrated that civilization’s history is older and greater than previously believed. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, Internet podcasts, and is the author, co-author, and/or editor of books both technical and popular. Dr. Schoch is pleased to bring his education and experience to bear on ORACUL's many projects.


Wendy M. Vander Velde, Ph.D.

Ancient legends and the monsters of myth intrigue Dr. Vander Velde, who holds a B.A. in English and Theatre from the University of Portland, an MSc in Medieval Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Her work involves the Plinian races, fairy lore, the Arthur legends, sixteenth-century alchemists, and traditions surrounding giants and dwarfs, linking Egyptian and Greco-Roman mythology to the folklore of Britain. As a comparative scholar, her research continues to examine the influence of ancient cultures upon subsequent eras, and to discern cross-cultural analogues in contemporaneous civilizations. She has taught in both the classroom and the gym (where kickboxing is her passion), and occasionally lectures abroad.


Lisa M. Perkins

Lisa M. Perkins has been fascinated by the story of Atlantis since stumbling upon a copy of Charles Berlitz’s book, Atlantis, The Eighth Continent, around the same time as seeing the original The Mystery of the Sphinx air on television. Since then, she has continued to independently research the various histories, stories, and myths that all point to common origins from the last ice age. With a background in Art History, Lisa also discerns and analyzes similar motifs, designs, and constructions found in seemingly disparate artistic traditions, whose parallel existences may share an ancient antediluvian history. Lisa is currently maintaining a full-time teaching position and includes the work of Dr. Schoch in her curriculum.


Catherine Ulissey

Wife and professional partner of Dr. Schoch since 2007, Katie has contributed photographs, designs, and discoveries to her husband's research. Most notably, she connected Easter Island's previously undeciphered rongorongo script to global "plasma petroglyphs" first identified by renowned physicist Dr. Anthony Peratt of Los Alamos National Laboratory, shifting her husband's attention toward our Sun as the probable cause of the end of the last ice age. Ms. Ulissey was a professional ballet and Broadway dancer for twenty years before earning a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College in 2002. In addition to assisting her husband and ORACUL, she maintained a teaching schedule in the Boston area for eighteen years, working at Wellesley College, the Harvard University Dance program, the Boston Ballet School, American Repertory Theater, and other prominent institutions. Ms. Ulissey has been instrumental in helping to establish ORACUL, including giving the organization its name.

ORACUL Advisors

ORACUL is honored to work with a growing team of professionals and researchers, who generously donate their time to our Board of Advisors.


Bill Cote

Bill was the cameraman and director of The Mystery of the Sphinx, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy, with a minor in Religion, at Florida State University in 1969. He has worked in film, photography and video in New York City ever since. Some of his other projects include The Mysterious Origins of Man (NBC 1996), and several documentaries exploring ancient civilizations in England, Peru, Mexico and Bolivia. One of the highlights of his career was filming the Sphinx and Giza Pyramids from the open door of a Gazelle helicopter, flown by an Egyptian Air Force pilot! Today, Bill owns and operates a video studio, with his wife Carol, in Manhattan’s Chelsea district and continues to shoot and edit a wide range of projects. He is thrilled to team up with Dr. Schoch, Katie and ORACUL, to help create a stunning documentary that can change our perceptions of the past… and perhaps the future.


John Zilliox

John has been dismantling and assembling computers since the age of 11. He has been an IT professional since 2007, and is currently a database and systems administrator. The untold story of human civilization has fascinated him for a long time, and he has a particular interest in pre-dynastic Egypt.


Chris Noble

Filmmaker and video producer, Chris Noble, has been fascinated with ancient civilizations and history ever since watching several compelling documentaries that challenged the current paradigm, many years ago. Ever since then he has dedicated much of his life to researching and documenting the work of scientists, academics and authors that contribute to the ongoing research into humanity's mysterious past. Currently, Chris works at his video production company in Toronto, Canada called Noble Productions and also hosts a YouTube series called Ancient Mysteries Unearthed which chronicles the latest research in ancient history. Chris is thrilled to be contributing to the ORACUL team with media creation and content distribution.


Brennan P. Bajdek

Brennan is a professional archaeologist with a concentration in underwater archaeology and artifact conservation. He earned his M.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University‘s Nautical Archaeology Program, and his B.A. in Archaeological Studies from the University of Texas in Austin. He has traveled and worked extensively throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia, including underwater excavations of Roman and Phoenician shipwrecks off the coast of Spain and work at a Late Bronze Age site in the northeast Peloponnese. Most recently, Mr. Bajdek has conducted excavations at one of the oldest pre-contact sites in the Pacific Northwest, dating to 11,000 years before present. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he works for a private archaeological consulting firm. Brennan also serves as the Chief Conservator for the Maritime Archaeological Society.


Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D.

Joscelyn was trained as a musicologist at Cambridge and Cornell Universities. His secondary interest in esoteric traditions has produced over 30 books, written, edited, and translated. These include Arktos: the Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism and Nazi Survival (translated into six languages) and Atlantis and the Cycles of Time (which linked studies of myths of human origins and their presence in occult movements). He served on the faculty of Colgate University from 1971 to 2016. His courses included “The Atlantis Debate,” a scientific examination of claims of high culture in prehistoric times, and “Rejected Knowledge,” which treated topics such as anomalous (“Fortean”) phenomena and parapsychology. In his teaching and writing, Godwin does not aim to solve these enigmas, but to provide the data and background for a free and un-dogmatic approach.


Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed is an Egyptologist, Khemitologist, Hieroglyphics Expert and Tour Guide residing in Egypt. Inspired by a passionate desire to share his wisdom, Mohamed offers a wide spectrum of knowledge regarding the history, arts, literature, and culture of the ancient Egyptians. Mohamed was born in Memphis, Egypt and studied Ancient Egyptian, Coptic, and Islamic Art and History at Helwan University in Cairo. He has been working as a tour guide and a teacher of Hieroglyphics since 2000. Mohamed’s comprehensive knowledge of Ancient Egypt, along with his background in comparative religions and spiritual studies has enabled him to fill lecture halls and conduct a variety of successful tours over the years. When he is not on tour, Mohamed frequently lectures on Egyptian mythology ‐ its spiritual aspects in Egyptian art, and the Ancient Egyptian concept of Gods and Goddesses.