ADVENTURES AMONG THE ANTS

May 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

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The intrepid international explorer, biologist, and photographer MARK W. MOFFETT, “the Indiana Jones of entomology,” takes us around the globe on a strange and wonderful journey in search of the hidden worlds of ants based on his just-released book, Adventures Among Ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems, displaying behaviors strikingly like those of humans-yet on a different scale and at a faster tempo. Moffett’s spectacular close-up photographs show us ants acting in familiar roles: as warriors, builders, big-game hunters, and slave owners. We find them engaged in market economies and production lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human-including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. Adventures among Ants introduces some of the world’s most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling perspective, including new ideas and discoveries on the workings of both ant and human societies.

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 in Journalism, Harvard’s Bowdoin Prize for writing, and many international photography awards.

One of America’s most respected landscape painters, APRIL GORNIK has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and many others. April will show a selection of her paintings and describe how they reflect her fascination with science, and her response to conservation issues and humankind’s relationship to the environment in general.

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