About API


API is a worldwide UFO investigations team about the scientific investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena (also known as UAPs or UFOs). This team is about educating the public about UFOs and sharing Aerial Phenomena Investigation’s efforts to investigate and study the phenomena. For API, it’s not about confirmation of either true belief or dogmatic denial. We want to collaborate with like-minded groups to study these phenomena better, more openly and more thoroughly than has been done before. We don’t have all the answers, and neither does anyone else. That is why we investigate.

For the most part we are skeptical, but we don’t set out to debunk or belittle. It’s all about investigating the phenomena appropriately, and following the evidence where it leads without jumping to conclusions. We’re willing to admit when we’re stumped, and we’re able to take down bogus claims when a thorough investigation leads to conclude that claim is, in fact, bogus. But more importantly, we aim to educate, and to assist the public to understand the experiences they report to us.

Revolutionizing Ufology:

Evidence of extraterrestrial life, after decades of research by many UFO groups, remains elusive as ever. The lack of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, unfortunately, has led UFOlogy to be synonymous with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, zombies, and the chupacabra. This unfortunate demise is a direct result of a once-worthy subject hijacked by a convergence of arm-chair UFO investigators, conspiracy theorists, hoaxers and the occasional cheesy photo of an alleged alien or flying saucer. By educating the public regarding what are UFOs, we hope we can transform this unique subject to a worthy discussion. Our team of trained UFO investigators, therefore, are not concerned where aliens, if they exist, come from or what their agenda might be. Additionally, our trained UFO investigators are not here to entertain the physics of interstellar travel or government conspiracies concerning UFOs. It is this mindset that makes our team unique and separates us from the traditional UFO organizations around the globe. To learn more about what we do and how we do it, check out our API Video.

Antonio Paris, Director and Founder:

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Antonio Paris is an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at St. Petersburg College. His course centers on a survey of astronomy and an introduction to the characteristics, origin and evolution of the solar system, galaxies, and the Universe. Additionally, he incorporates ancient astronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, interstellar travel and the search for life in the Universe into his lectures. Antonio, moreover, is the Chief Scientist at the Center for Planetary Science – a science outreach program promoting astronomy, planetary science, and astrophysics to the next generation of space explorers. 

Antonio is the author of two books, Aerial Phenomena (ISBN 1467549274) and Space Science (ISBN 1495101037): Additionally, he is the director and producer for the documentaries Area 51: A History of this Reclusive Base (2012) and Skinwalker (2014). He has appeared in dozens of radio shows, webcasts, and the TV shows Unsealed and Close Encounters.

Antonio is also a disabled veteran and former US Army Intelligence Officer. He was awarded a Bronze Star for combat operations on Iraq. On his spare time, Antonio enjoys hunting, SCUBA diving, rock climbing, mountaineering, and sailing. Contact Information:

Director: Antonio Paris, director@aerial-phenomenon.org

Deputy Director and Chief Scientist: Paul Carr, paul.carr@aerial-phenomenon.org

Chief of Investigations: Marsha Barnhart, marsha.barnhart@aerial-phenomenon.org

Engineering Technician: Dennis Farr

Report a UFO: UFO@aerial-phenomenon.org