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Described as a "world-roving zoologist" by National Geographic magazine for his work on five continents, Dr. Mark W. Moffett has documented virtually every major active canopy research site.

Moffett has been exploring the world's rainforest for half of his life. His contact with the rainforest habitat began at the age of 17 when he joined an expedition to Costa Rica with the naturalist Max Nickerson and became the scientific team's resident snake catcher. His aptitude and interest for working in the tropics guided his academic studies to include rainforest subjects.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Beloit College, he began graduate studies at Harvard working with E.O. Wilson, one of the world's greatest biologists. Under Wilson's tutelage, Moffett continued to expand his extensive knowledge of ants. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1987, based on 28 months of travel in Asia.

It was while conducting fieldwork for his doctoral dissertation that Moffett discovered his talent for nature photography. He taught himself the technique of macro-photography and began taking pictures of ants and other tiny animals.

He's been published since 1986 in the National Geographic on the subjects of insects, spiders, reptiles, amphibians, as well as his documentation of scientific research in the world's rainforest canopies, an outgrowth of his highly acclaimed book on canopy biology "The High Frontier" published by Harvard University Press. He continues to be an active photographer for the National Geographic Magazine, with nearly 500 images in the magazine that have earned him numerous honors in photography.

Moffett is currently a Research Associate in Entomology at the Smithsonian Institution and a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Human Evolution at Harvard. He has had solo photography exhibits at the Smithsonian (2008, on ants and humans) and National Geographic (2007, on frogs). He has earned a Poynter Fellowship in Journalism from Yale, the Bowdoin Prize for writing from Harvard, the Lowell Thomas Medal for exploration from the Explorers Club, and a Roy Chapman Andrews Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Exploration.
Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex octospinosus) worker cutting papaya leaf, Guadeloupe, Caribbean
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00111433 Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex octospinosus) worker cutting papaya leaf, Guadeloupe, Caribbean© Mark Moffett
Ant (Crematogaster sp) protects home by smashing Butterfly eggs on leaf, hatching Caterpillars would devour the leaf, West Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00129375 Ant (Crematogaster sp) protects home by smashing Butterfly eggs on leaf, hatching Caterpillars would devour the leaf, West Africa© Mark Moffett
Mosquito (Aedes sp) feeding on Small Northern Bog Orchid (Platanthera obtusata) flower, Ely, Minnesota  -  Mark Moffett
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00463043 Mosquito (Aedes sp) feeding on Small Northern Bog Orchid (Platanthera obtusata) flower, Ely, Minnesota© Mark Moffett
Dragon-blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari) crown, Socotra, Yemen  -  Mark Moffett
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00530725 Dragon-blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari) crown, Socotra, Yemen© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker scooping sand from nest, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751118 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker scooping sand from nest, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bee (Tetragonisca angustula) exiting wax nest entrance, Santa Rita, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00463066 Bee (Tetragonisca angustula) exiting wax nest entrance, Santa Rita, Panama© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carrying brood during emigration  -  Mark Moffett
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00750238 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carrying brood during emigration© Mark Moffett
Lesser Panda (Ailurus fulgens) portrait, Chengdu Panda Research Institute, China  -  Mark Moffett
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00750553 Lesser Panda (Ailurus fulgens) portrait, Chengdu Panda Research Institute, China© Mark Moffett
Izecksohn's Toad (Brachycephalus didactylus) the world's smallest frog about the size of a fingernail, hides in debris on the forest floor, photographed on the cheek of the photographer's colleague, A...  -  Mark Moffett
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00750634 Izecksohn's Toad (Brachycephalus didactylus) the world's smallest frog about the size of a fingernail, hides in debris on the forest floor, photographed on the cheek of the photographer's colleague, A...© Mark Moffett
Solifugid (Branchia sp) female stands guard over her eggs in desert, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00750735 Solifugid (Branchia sp) female stands guard over her eggs in desert, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751047 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Crown shyness among secondary growth trees, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091001 Crown shyness among secondary growth trees, Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Golden Tortoise Beetle (Metriona bicolor), Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve, Sri Lanka  -  Mark Moffett
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00091271 Golden Tortoise Beetle (Metriona bicolor), Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve, Sri Lanka© Mark Moffett
Jumping Spider (Maevia sp) male in courtship posture, North America  -  Mark Moffett
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00095116 Jumping Spider (Maevia sp) male in courtship posture, North America© Mark Moffett
Jumping Spider portrait, Singapore  -  Mark Moffett
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00095217 Jumping Spider portrait, Singapore© Mark Moffett
Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) tree with corns and leaves at base of it, Massachusetts  -  Mark Moffett
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00104667 Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) tree with corns and leaves at base of it, Massachusetts© Mark Moffett
Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates sp) portrait, Isla Cristobal, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00109054 Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates sp) portrait, Isla Cristobal, Panama© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00111436 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Ecuadorian Brown Velvet Tarantula (Megaphobema velvetosoma) shedding its skin (cuticle), Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00115923 Ecuadorian Brown Velvet Tarantula (Megaphobema velvetosoma) shedding its skin (cuticle), Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker catching Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751109 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker catching Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) approaching rare Maiapilo (Capparis sandwichiana) flower, Kauai, Hawaii  -  Mark Moffett
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00463076 Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) approaching rare Maiapilo (Capparis sandwichiana) flower, Kauai, Hawaii© Mark Moffett
Furry orange moth clinging to twig, Kaw Mts, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00751019 Furry orange moth clinging to twig, Kaw Mts, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Rainforest edge at Amazon River, near Iquitos, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00090339 Rainforest edge at Amazon River, near Iquitos, Peru© Mark Moffett
Amaryllis (Worsleya rayneri) has grown on the mountainsides only 40 miles from present day Rio de Janeiro for more than a million years, native to Brazil  -  Mark Moffett
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00750651 Amaryllis (Worsleya rayneri) has grown on the mountainsides only 40 miles from present day Rio de Janeiro for more than a million years, native to Brazil© Mark Moffett
Wind Scorpion (Galeodidae) male at left lunges at a female tearing her body and damaging her legs before mating, desert, Iran  -  Mark Moffett
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00750732 Wind Scorpion (Galeodidae) male at left lunges at a female tearing her body and damaging her legs before mating, desert, Iran© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves back to nest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama
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00091280 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves back to nest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, western Colombia
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00109014 Golden Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) the most poisonous of the dart frogs, western Colombia© Mark Moffett
Ecuadorian Brown Velvet Tarantula (Megaphobema velvetosoma) shedding its skin (cuticle), Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00115887 Ecuadorian Brown Velvet Tarantula (Megaphobema velvetosoma) shedding its skin (cuticle), Ecuador© Mark Moffett
Maynard's Longnose Sand Snake (Lytorhyncus maynardi) portrait, near Zabul, Iran  -  Mark Moffett
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00129202 Maynard's Longnose Sand Snake (Lytorhyncus maynardi) portrait, near Zabul, Iran© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) in defensive posture, Darwin, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479844 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) in defensive posture, Darwin, Australia© Mark Moffett
Spider (Ctenidae) on Aztec skull, Mexico  -  Mark Moffett
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00115901 Spider (Ctenidae) on Aztec skull, Mexico© Mark Moffett
Longhorn Beetle (Macrodontia cervicornis), French Guiana
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00126072 Longhorn Beetle (Macrodontia cervicornis), French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751094 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia
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00127736 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together to make a nest, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00129250 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together to make a nest, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Ant (Pseudomyrmex sp) gathers carrot-like growths from Whistling Thorn (Acacia drepanolobium) acacia for delivery to larva in nest, in return for baby food Ant protects Acacia, Costa Rica  -  Mark Moffett
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00129364 Ant (Pseudomyrmex sp) gathers carrot-like growths from Whistling Thorn (Acacia drepanolobium) acacia for delivery to larva in nest, in return for baby food Ant protects Acacia, Costa Rica© Mark Moffett
Crab Spider (Thomisidae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) practices cannibalism  -  Mark Moffett
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00129602 Crab Spider (Thomisidae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) practices cannibalism© Mark Moffett
Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on Longtube Four O'clock (Mirabilis longiflora) nectar, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00463046 Five-spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) feeding on Longtube Four O'clock (Mirabilis longiflora) nectar, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Bug (Homoptera) resting on leaf, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00129511 Bug (Homoptera) resting on leaf, Peru© Mark Moffett
Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon sp) buzz pollinates Horned Nightshade (Solanum rostratum) flower while feeding on nectar. The vibration shakes free pollen that will feed larvaa back at the nest, Arizo...  -  Mark Moffett
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00463047 Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon sp) buzz pollinates Horned Nightshade (Solanum rostratum) flower while feeding on nectar. The vibration shakes free pollen that will feed larvaa back at the nest, Arizo...© Mark Moffett
Giant Weta (Deinacrida heteracantha) female being fed a carrot by researcher Mike Meades, Little Barrier Island, New Zealand
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00091121 Giant Weta (Deinacrida heteracantha) female being fed a carrot by researcher Mike Meades, Little Barrier Island, New Zealand© Mark Moffett
Bumblebee (Bombus sp) feeding on sunflower nectar near Sonoita, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00463055 Bumblebee (Bombus sp) feeding on sunflower nectar near Sonoita, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Ornate Day Gecko (Phelsuma ornata) feeding on nectar from Bois Boeuf (Gastonia mauritiana) blossoms, Mauritius  -  Mark Moffett
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00463064 Ornate Day Gecko (Phelsuma ornata) feeding on nectar from Bois Boeuf (Gastonia mauritiana) blossoms, Mauritius© Mark Moffett
Mantis eating a gecko, Gabon  -  Mark Moffett
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00522431 Mantis eating a gecko, Gabon© Mark Moffett
Ant (Pheidole ferox) nest entrance was formed from underground soil excavation and deposition by worker ants, Parana River, northern Argentina  -  Mark Moffett
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00439798 Ant (Pheidole ferox) nest entrance was formed from underground soil excavation and deposition by worker ants, Parana River, northern Argentina© Mark Moffett
Thin-spined Porcupine (Chaetomys subspinosus) nocturnal animal once thought to be extinct, Atlantic Forest, Espirito Santo, Brazil  -  Mark Moffett
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00750599 Thin-spined Porcupine (Chaetomys subspinosus) nocturnal animal once thought to be extinct, Atlantic Forest, Espirito Santo, Brazil© Mark Moffett
Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) in Alcedo Volcano, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Mark Moffett
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00750672 Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) in Alcedo Volcano, Isabella Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Mark Moffett
African Praying Mantis (Sphodromantis lineola) female, Africa
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00750977 African Praying Mantis (Sphodromantis lineola) female, Africa© Mark Moffett
Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia) held by boy, northern Myanmar  -  Mark Moffett
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00750984 Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia) held by boy, northern Myanmar© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) submajor worker carrying section of dismembered centipede back to nest as media worker behind her lifts dragging end, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751081 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) submajor worker carrying section of dismembered centipede back to nest as media worker behind her lifts dragging end, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
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