Parks Stephenson taught himself the art of computer-generated modeling in order to re-create the ship’s interiors for the film’s companion book. Cameron brought him back for Discovery Channel’s Last Mysteries of the Titanic expedition (where Parks fine-tuned the use of CG models as forensic tools in the continuing exploration of the wreck’s interior) and National Geographic’s Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron. He’s also been an adviser for both the History Channel (including Titanic Tech, Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces, Titanic’s Achilles Heel, and Titanic’s Tragic Sister) and National Geographic Channel (the Titanic episode of the Seconds From Disaster series). Parks dove to the Titanic wreck in Russian submersible Mir 1 in 2005, participated as dive adviser and principal historian during the 2006 and 2009 expeditions to the Britannic wreck, and successfully pitched the 2009 PBS/NOVA documentary, Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor, where he was featured as the lead investigator for the U.S.-Japanese team that found and identified the final Japanese midget submarine that participated in the Pearl Harbor attack. For the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, Parks was the lead investigator for History’s Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved, which put him aboard the 2010 RMST/WHOI expedition to the wreck site. Most recently, he was a co-author of a book (publication May 2013) about James Cameron’s Titanic expeditions.
Parks has a special interest in historical research and forensic re-construction, specializing in military and maritime areas where he can apply his personal experience. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, he holds a Masters in Political Science degree from Auburn University. Parks lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tamara, and two children.