an amusing pose, this poison dart frog found on
the Bastimentos Islands of Panama, became the
cover of a 1995 issue of National Geographic.
There are only 135 species of poison dart frogs
left in the world today.
Photo by Mark Moffett
exhibit of large-format color photos, many from the
pages of National Geographic, documenting the secretive
lives of bugs, frogs, spiders and opossums that live
in the rain forest treetops. The photos, by award-winning
photographer and ecologist Mark W. Moffett, a researcher
at the University of California, Berkeley's Museum of
Vertebrate Zoology, bring a naturalist's eye to places
high above the ground, home to much of the world's biodiversity.
16 through summer 2001. The bioscience library is open
to the public free of charge during the following hours:
a.m. - 11 p.m.
a.m. - 5 p.m.
a.m. - 5 p.m.
- 11 p.m.
Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library, second
floor of the Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley.
The library is two blocks east of the intersection of
Center and Oxford streets.
is an ecologist who works and plays in the treetops,
taking to the canopy several times a year on assignments
for National Geographic, Natural History, Smithsonian
and other large-circulation nature magazines. The photos
on display in the library, ranging from cave photos
of tarantula-inhabited skulls to portraits of the world's
deadliest frog, reflect his work over the last 15 years.
The emphasis, however, is on the unknown world in the
branches above, inhabited by rare butterflies, colorful
birds, bizarre beetles and deadly vipers.
The Harvard-trained scientist - the first ever to climb
the world's tallest tree - established his reputation
as an expert on treetop life with the 1993 book, "The
High Frontier: Exploring the Rain Forest Canopy," which
led to several television specials, including a PBS
documentary. A professional explorer of remote lands,
Moffett appeared in WIRED magazine last year in an article
on people who travel too much. A lengthy list of his
treetop and other adventures appeared in the December/January
2001 issue of Natural History magazine. In May, he continues
his adventures on assignment in the fragile ecosystems
of China, stalking the endangered panda.
here for a more detailed article about Moffett's