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Observing Lyssa menoetius.
Hello! My name is Andrew.

I am a Junior at Harvard, and I am concentrating in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. I grew up in upstate New York, and have always enjoyed being outdoors and exploring. It’s a thrill to be able to participate in this trip, and I won’t hesitate to say that it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made to come along! It is difficult for me to pick a particularly favorite taxon, though I’ve always had a soft spot for insects (and fish, and irises, and felines, and molluscs, and reptiles, and cnidarians – the list goes on…). If you have a look at the observations that I have put up (look for the moths), it should be easy to figure out what I enjoy working with most, or at least what I’m most likely to photograph. It’s been an endeavor of mine to try and find a particular area of focus within biology that I like most while studying here, and it looks like I might be leaning toward entomology after all; we’ll see what the next few years bring!

Any time that I spend outside of the academic realm is usually dedicated to singing, either with the Harvard Glee Club during the academic year, or alone. I used to spend a lot of time drawing and sketching (see below) and my favorite medium is the Linoleum Block Print. I’ve taken the chance to be a little creative during this trip with photographs (when I’m not getting up close and personal with bugs!) and hopefully, when I get back home, I’ll be able to design a few postcards on linoleum blocks based on some of the things that we’ve seen here.


Butterfly net: The fifth appendage!

As for what I’ve studied while here in Borneo, I’ve taken the opportunity to look at:

  • The bark characteristics of trees in Lambir Hills, and the pattern of liana (woody climber) growth on trees with certain types of tree bark.
  • Sea cucumber habitat choices: do they prefer open or covered locations on the coral reef?
  • Dragonfly behavior at Maliau Basin – are species interactions random, or is there a dominance hierarchy?
  • And finally, my focal taxon of choice, the butterfly group, Nymphalidae!

A drawing of Parantica aspasia, in Danainae, from my focal taxon.