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Born: 1954

Hometown: Denver, CO

Education: Ph.D in Biology

Occupation: Hessel Professor of Biology, Harvard University and Curator of Lepidoptera, Museum of Comparative Zoology 

Expeditions: Australia, Borneo, Southeast Asia, Africa

Favorite Place to Be: In the mountains

Best Discoveries: The evolution of symbioses between aunts and other organisms; that caterpillars of blue butterflies use vibrations, chemical communication, and nutritional rewards to attract the ants that guard and protect them

Favorite Items in the Field: Field bag, net, insect dissection kit, vials of ethanol

Personal Heroes: Alfred Russel Wallace and Maria Sibylla Merian

Hobbies: Cooking, writing, drawing, photography

Website: www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/pierce/index.shtml 

Book: The Biology of Australian Butterflies

Advice: Science is 99% drudgery and 1% discovery, so plan accordingly. Still, always follow your passions, and try not to forget to have your children.