DATE: Sunday, June 14, 2009
TIME: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
VENUE: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
PARTICIPANTS: Edward O. Wilson, Mark Moffett

How do ants communicate? Are we more like them than we imagine? What is the biggest frog ever photographed? And why does it matter? Bringing Bio Blitzing in the Boroughs full circle, America’s consummate naturalist E.O. Wilson and world-renowned insect scientist and photographer Mark Moffett share stories from their adventures in exploring the fascinating and surprising biodiversity of life on Earth. A lively and visually compelling conclusion to the WSF Street Fair in Washington Square Park.

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Josh Zepps is a correspondent for Bloomberg TV’s Energy Now, reporting on the future of energy and the environment. His show on Discovery Science Channel, Brink, took an irreverent look at the latest breakthroughs on the brink of changing our lives. His one-hour science specials continue to air on Discovery around the world.

In his native Australia, Josh Zepps earned radio’s highest prize, a Commercial Radio Award, for his syndicated daily radio sketches satirizing culture and politics. His new audio podcast, Fascinating Crap with Josh Zepps & Friends, takes a funny look at science and creativity. It is available for free on iTunes.


Evolutionary Biologist, Author

E.O. Wilson is a life-long explorer of the natural world whose pioneering studies of ants have led to revolutionary insights across a wide range of fields, from evolution to animal and human behavior. A founding father of the environmental movement, Wilson teaches us to understand, protect, and celebrate the earth and has greatly influenced the way scientists and nonscientists view the interwoven complexity and diversity of our planet. Wilson is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for General Non-Fiction and a winner of the National Medal of Science. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University.

Ecologist, Explorer

Mark Moffett is recognized for his discovery of new species and behavior in remote parts of the world. His latest book, Adventures with the Ants, examines the parallels between human and ant societies based on his travels to the Amazon, Congo, Australia, Iran, Borneo, and elsewhere. He provides details on how ants live and dominate their ecosystems through strikingly human behaviors like hunting, fighting, building, recycling, enslaving, and even voting and creating marketplaces.

In addition to being one of a select few to receive a Ph.D. from conservationist Edward O. Wilson at Harvard, Moffett has received awards for tree-climbing research from the Explorers Club, for exploration from the Roy Chapman Andrews Society, for writing from Harvard, and for photography from Pictures of the Year International.

Photo credit: Brandon Harrison