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Matthew J. C. Barnes was born in 1959 and has degrees in zoology, entomology and tropical agriculture
from Oxford, London and Reading Universities. He has studied moths for
most of his life and has collected throughout Europe; southern, central
and eastern Africa; the Indian Ocean islands and the Far East.
Apart from Jamaica, he has also collected In the New World tropics in Central and
and throughout the Eastern Caribbean.
daytime job is tutoring in biology in
his first love
is tropical entomology, wildlife and conservation. With this in mind he is constructing
a small hotel and field studies centre at Maya Beach, near Placencia, in Belize, Central America,
money permitting -
he hopes to decamp permanently at some stage in the near future.
Most insects are in
the tropics and most entomologists are in the temperate zone - by moving to Belize he hopes
to do his bit to rectify this imbalance.
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