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Meet The Paleo Diet Staff

The Paleo Diet® team defines the movement by bringing you the latest in nutrition science and advice. Learn more about the experts who continue to develop and advance the science of the Paleo lifestyle.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Trevor Connor


Trevor received his B.A. in history from Cornell University and his M.S. in exercise bioenergetics and nutrition from Colorado State University. He has worked with Dr. Loren Cordain, the founder of the modern Paleo Diet movement, since 2006. He is the owner of The Paleo Diet, LLC and co-founder of Fast Labs with Chris Case. Trevor also writes for VeloNews magazine and runs a coaching business.

Mark J. Smith


Dr. Smith obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports science from Loughborough University in England. He completed both his master’s degree and his doctorate (physiology) at Colorado State University. He has worked with Dr. Loren Cordain, the founder of The Paleo Diet movement, since 1988.

Dave Trendler


Dave Trendler is Chief Marketing Officer of The Paleo Diet. Before joining our team, he worked in marketing in several roles in the book, magazine, and online publishing industry.

Isabella Mead


Isabella Mead joined The Paleo Diet® team May 2022 as a Production
Assistant after interning with the company durning her time at the
University of Colorado-Boulder.

Dr. Loren Cordain


Dr. Loren Cordain is the world’s foremost authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. He received his Ph.D. in Health from the University of Utah in 1981, his master’s in physical education from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1978, and his bachelor’s in health sciences from Pacific University in 1974. He was a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University from 1982 – 2013.

Lorrie Cordain


Lorrie Cordain is the co-author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook and has been living the Paleo lifestyle for 22 years. Together with her husband, Dr. Loren Cordain, she founded the modern Paleo Diet movement. Lorrie lives, works, and plays in Fort Collins, Colorado where she is a teacher for children with special needs.

Paleo Leadership
Trevor Connor
Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark J. Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.