About me

Most people can point to the Amazon on a global map, but how many people can identify the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos? True, the latter is smaller, but it is no less biologically spectacular. That is why I have chosen the Annamites ecoregion for my research. I can’t think of a more remarkable place for a naturalist. It has one of the highest levels of endemism to be found on a continental setting. The Annamites are an area of extremes: the biological uniqueness of this mountain chain is rivaled only by the destructive forces that threaten biodiversity at every scale. Deforestation and poaching are the primary culprits. Perhaps some small part of what I’m doing will help with conservation efforts down the line. Although my focus is on terrestrial mammals, especially the ungulates and small carnivores, I am interested in all aspects of biodiversity in the tropical forests here.

The purpose of this blog is to share my research experiences with others and to highlight the fauna living in the Annamites. Postings will be sporadic and fit around my field schedule. If you want to follow regularly I suggest you sign up to follow by email via the option on the right side of the homepage. The structure of the blog is more or less chronological. I’ve been writing about my field experiences as they occur. If you want to read about my past excursions I encourage you to flip back to previous posts, or use the search bar. I say more or less because I’ve also included two separate post categories: Species Spotlight and Cool Creatures. The Species Spotlight section highlights the unique animals that live in the Annamites. My goal is to share information about these animals with readers interested in the natural history of the area. Hopefully I can do this without sounding too textbookish. The Cool Creatures category is a collection of neat animals that I have come across in my forest wanderings. The purpose of this section, as I see it, is to capture some of the often-overlooked dimensions of jungle life. I appreciate questions and comments from my readers so please don’t hesitate to post a reply. Please share the blog with others and thanks to everyone who is following along!

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