Big Trees, Small Moths: A Taxonomist's Rainforest Odyssey

By Gaden Robinson

Gaden Robinson, who was a taxonomist in the entomology department of The Natural History Museum, shares his South East Asian rainforest odyssey. He introduces the big trees and small moths of West Malaysia and Brunei as he describes important expeditions that have both increased the Museum's collections and boosted the study of moth taxonomy in South East Asia through the production of the first field guide to moth biodiversity in the region. The collaborative effort of The Natural History Museum and the Malaysian Nature Society further highlights the key role of non-governmental organisations in developing countries working for rainforest care and conservation.

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