For the last six years, Dr. Mark W. Moffett, as a research associate in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution and visiting scholar in anthropology at Harvard, has been building a synthesis on how societies stay together and fall apart, across species and in humans right up to the present day.

His most recent book brings together biology with modern psychology and anthropology with surprising insights. The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thrive & Fall has been called “a magisterial work of monumental importance” by Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer, while Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired magazine, tells us to “read this manifesto if you like to have your mind changed.”

One of only a handful of people to earn a PhD under the world’s most respected ecologist, Edward O. Wilson, Moffett is a modern-day explorer with more than a little luck on his side, having accident­ally sat on the world’s deadliest snake, battled drug lords with dart guns, and scrambled up a tree to escape bull elephants. In addition to his research he has had written many articles and had hundreds of images in National Geographic.