I’m a biologist with a particular interest in and love of the rainforest. My first taste of the jungle was as a teenager when I joined an expedition to Belize, and after that I couldn’t wait until I could find a way to the ultimate jungle, the Amazon. I’ve spent many months in Peru since then, mostly chasing leafcutter ants and birds, and carrying out research for my undergrad and PhD dissertations. Postdoctoral research focused on the relationships between tree diversity, composition, and ecosystem function in a native species plantation in Panama. I’m now a freelance science writer, regularly contributing to Mongabay. With this blog I hope to share some of my fascination with this part of the world and its incredible biodiversity, give an insight into a biologist’s life in the field, as well as share research and conservation news from the tropics and further afield.