Mark Moffett began doing research in biology in college and went on to complete a PhD at Harvard studying under the poet laureate of conservation Edward O. Wilson. To document the social behavior of Asian ants for his graduate research he learned photography and his very first images were published in National Geographic magazine. Moffett is known for documenting new animal species and behaviors during his exploration of remote places in more than a hundred countries. He takes pleasure not just in physical adventure but in the intellectual challenge of finding connections across fields, whether it’s comparing the structure of such communities as bacterial films and forest canopies, examining the life and death of societies across the animal kingdom, or finding connections to human rights up to the present day. He has earned international awards for photography, a medal for writing from Harvard, and the Lowell Thomas Medal from the Explorers Club.