Mark W. Moffett
Mark W. Moffett
Ecologist, Explorer and Photojournalist
President's Lecture Series: Lytton J. Musselman Natural History Lecture
March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Diehn Center for the Performing Arts
Ecologist and explorer Mark Moffett, labeled "the Indiana Jones of Entomology" by National Geographic, is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution who has forged a career combining science and photography. The former high school dropout received a doctorate in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University, where he studied under Edward O. Wilson, who developed the field of sociobiology.
Moffett has received the Explorers Club's Lowell Thomas Award, the Distinguished Explorer Award from the Roy Chapman Andrews Society, Yale University's Poynter Fellowship for Journalism and Harvard's Bowdoin Prize for writing. Five of his images appear in the special National Geographic publication "100 Best Wildlife Pictures."
Among his many adventures, Moffett has climbed the world's tallest tree, descended into sinkholes a quarter-mile deep to find new frog species and placed a scorpion on TV host Conan O'Brien's face. He is a frequent guest of "The Colbert Report." He is author of "Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions" (2010) and "The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy" (1993). Today his research and National Geographic photography are interspersed with writing and public lecturing about rain forests.
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