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Mark W. Moffett, PhD
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Mark W. Moffett, PhD

Mark is an entomologist, nature photographer, and explorer who is referred to by National Geographic as the Indiana Jones of entomology. 

Mark W. Moffett (aka Dr. Bugs) received his PhD at Harvard University, studying marauder ants with renowned insect scientist Edward O. Wilson and is currently a research associate in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. 

He used his love of photography in grad school to document his field work and garnered the attention of National Geographic. Today, he has written more than 25 articles for the publication and has had nearly 500 of his images featured on its pages.

Mark's photographs and his love of nature stories engage and inspire his audiences. As a specialist on treetop ecology and army ant swarm behavior, Mark has become known for finding rare species in remote places. He shares his stories of documenting new animal species and behaviors during explorations in more than a hundred countries. Mark enjoys the physical adventure as well as the intellectual challenge of finding connections across fields—from comparing the structure of such communities as bacterial films and forest canopies to examining the life and death of societies across the animal kingdom and in humans. 

He is also the author of several books, including Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions. He has the Harvard Bowdoin Prize for writing, World Press Awards for photography, and a Lowell Thomas Medal from the Explorer’s Club. Moffett has appeared several times on The Colbert Report and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. 


World-renowned photographer for National Geographic; Harvard Ecologist; aka Dr. Bugs
Keywords: National Geographic; Environmental Conservation; Author; STEM

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