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Andrew L. Mack

Andrew L. Mack

Andrew L. Mack obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Miami Tropical Biology Program in 1995. He built a research station in a remote rainforest of New Guinea and lived there five years studying cassowaries, seed dispersal and rainforest ecology. He started a conservation training program for Papua New Guinean students and lived in PNG another ten years building the program. That program has evolved into the PNG Institute of Biological Research. Over the years he has joined and organized many biological expeditions across the region. He has worked for two of the largest international conservation organizations and two of the largest natural history museums in the United States.

Mack is now an independent conservationist, author, and executive director of the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance. His experiences in New Guinea over 20 years form the foundation of his new book 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 now lives on a small tree farm in western Pennsylvania. more at

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