Andrew L. Mack

Andrew Mack built a research station in a remote rainforest of New Guinea and lived there five years studying cassowaries, seed dispersal and rainforest ecology. He then started a conservation training program for Papua New Guinean students and lived in PNG another ten years. That program has evolved into the PNG Institute of Biological Research. His experiences in New Guinea over 20 years form the foundation of Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest. Although he has over 50 technical peer-reviewed publications, he most enjoys sharing his unique experiences and perspectives on rainforests and conservation with general readers.

He obtained his doctorate from the University of Miami Tropical Biology Program in 1995. Andy has worked for two of the largest international conservation organizations and two of the largest natural history museums in the United States. He has also done extensive field work in tropical forests of Borneo and Latin America. Mack is now an independent conservationist, author, and executive director of the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance. When not writing he provides technical support to select indigenous conservation groups and research projects on frequent trips to New Guinea. He lives on a small tree farm in western Pennsylvania.

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