How Does Soybean Cultivation Contribute to Amazon Deforestation and Loss of Biodiversity?

Amazon deforestation

On a recent cruise up the Amazon river, we witnessed firsthand the relentless deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.  Our shore excursion to the rainforest meant hours of driving through large expanses of land that had been cleared to make way for agricultural use.  The biodiversity of the Amazon is at risk, particularly in Brazil.  I’ve … Read more

What to Do if You Encounter a Bullet Ant? (World’s Most Painful Stinging Insect!)

Bullet ant has the most painful sting of any insect!

I’ve always wanted to see a live bullet ant up close because of its reputation for having the most painful sting of any insect.  My opportunity occurred in Ecuador, while hiking with a guide through the Amazon rainforest.  Turned out the ants had us surrounded! If you encounter a bullet ant, be extremely careful not … Read more

Why is the Cassowary the Most Dangerous Bird in the World? 10 Facts

The Cassowary is one bird that commands respect and awe.  As a biologist I’ve noticed that much of the information circulating about these birds is misleading or downright incorrect.  Join me as we travel to North Queensland, Australia for real facts about these amazing creatures. The Cassowary is dangerous because of its size and strength. … Read more