Where Is the Most Biodiverse Place On Earth?

Where Is the Most Biodiverse Place On Earth?

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, that's where.

I had heard about this rainforest- it is a forest for the entomologist, herpetologist, appreciator of all things small and diverse and complex. Sure, you may see some monkeys, or the footprint of a jaguar in the mud. But the real discoveries are beneath your feet, perched on leaves, or fluttering through the air. Oh, or giving you kisses like this tapir did.

Primary source of information on species richness: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0008767

Why We Should Love Spiders

Why We Should Love Spiders

Did the movie Arachnophobia scar you for life and make you afraid of spiders? Yeah, me too.

I met Jules Sylvester, the spider-wrangler from Arachnophobia that made them crawl, jump, and scare millions of people around the world. I now love spiders, so I gave him a shot at spider forgiveness to help me explain why we should LOVE spiders, not fear them. Have fun:

Sesame Street! H is for...

...Habitat. A team of young explorers and I took to the deserts of Joshua Tree and the beach of Point Dume to learn all about habitats and the creatures living there. Look for this segment on HBO in coming months.

Expedition to Find a New Species of Snake

I recently joined Tropical Herping to search for a snake on a volcano in the Amazon. Sound like a good time? It certainly was. After several muddy, jungly days of searching around the base of the Sumaco Volcano, we found a snakey surprise. This is what science looks like in the field.