Jaap van Etten, PhD, was born and educated in the Netherlands. He received his PhD in biology in Amsterdam, specializing in ecology. For the past twenty-four years, his focus has been on metaphysical ecology. He studies and teaches about human, earth, stone, crystal, and crystal skull energies and how they interact. He also studies the subtle worlds along with the beings connected to them. Birth of a New Consciousness is a result of such studies. Dr. van Etten currently resides in the Sedona, Arizona, area with his wife, Jeanne Michaels.