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Doctor Bugs: A Conversation With Ecologist Mark Moffett

Steve Scher
02/04/2009 at 10:00 a.m.

He caught a snake when he was six, then grew up to play with cave tarantulas and eat scorpions. He's called Doctor Bugs, and boy, does he love bugs! Two–legged ecologist Mark Moffett joins us for some six–legged fun. "You haven't lived until you've seen Mark imitate the mating dance of a spider," said his photo editor. Tune in as the National Geographic explorer tells us about pulling a grub out from his scalp, fleeing a bull elephant, and accidentally sitting on the most dangerous snake in the Americas.

But first, we begin with a conversation on the week's news from Canada with Vaughn Palmer, political correspondent for the Vancouver Sun.


Vaughn Palmer is a political correspondent for the Vancouver Sun.

Mark Moffett is an ecologist who travels the world studying army ants, scorpions and other animals. His nickname is Doctor Bugs, and he's a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His research focuses on insect and spider social behavior. He also studies forest canopies, which led him to the Pacific Northwest for the first ever ascent of the world's tallest tree. He is the author of "Face to Face with Frogs and The High Frontier: Exploring the Tropical Rainforest Canopy." He won the 2006 Lowell Thomas Medal for Exploration, and descended from the ceiling past the chandeliers to collect his award.

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