I'm very excited to be featured in a PBS Nature Documentary entitled,  Nature: Sex, Lies and Butterflies   http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/sex-lies-butterflies/   This new Nature special explores the astonishing survival techniques of butterflies, including their 360° vision, deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry, and fantastic flight across continents.   It will feature butterfly research from around the globe, including a study I co-authored on a new ant-butterfly relationship in Peru ( http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.18473/lepi.70i2.a8 ). The documentary aired on Wednesday, April 4 at 8pm EST on PBS. More info about how to watch can be found here:  http://www.thirteen.org/13pressroom/press-release/nature-sex-lies-butterflies/

I'm very excited to be featured in a PBS Nature Documentary entitled, Nature: Sex, Lies and Butterflies http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/sex-lies-butterflies/

This new Nature special explores the astonishing survival techniques of butterflies, including their 360° vision, deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry, and fantastic flight across continents. 

It will feature butterfly research from around the globe, including a study I co-authored on a new ant-butterfly relationship in Peru (http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.18473/lepi.70i2.a8). The documentary aired on Wednesday, April 4 at 8pm EST on PBS. More info about how to watch can be found here: http://www.thirteen.org/13pressroom/press-release/nature-sex-lies-butterflies/

 Talking about several fun bug stories on BBC's Weird Wonders of the World! Check it out on  Netlfix: goo.gl/GY1TZi

Talking about several fun bug stories on BBC's Weird Wonders of the World! Check it out on Netlfix: goo.gl/GY1TZi

I found a peculiar group of sawfly larvae in Peru, here's the feature in National Geographic! These Small Animals Wiggle As One—Here's Why

 

 

 

 

 

 

My butterfly timelapse footage featured in National Geographic: See a Caterpillar Transform Into a Butterfly Up Close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainforest video collaborations with Joe Hanson!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil and I did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about exploring jungles and making new discoveries - We had tons of great questions and it also made the Front page! https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/4pns9w/we_are_jungle_exploring_scientists_who_discover/

 

Phil and I Discovered and Published a New Butterfly Life History

Butterfly Thieves Steal From 'Badass' Ants—A First -By Carrie Arnold, National Geographic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/amazon-butterflies-ants-insects-stealing/

Freeloading Butterflies Get Away With Theft - By Tia Ghose, LiveScience

http://www.livescience.com/55197-freeloading-butterflies-get-away-with-theft.html

 

It was such a pleasure contributing more jungle discoveries for BBC's upcoming Series: Nature's Weirdest Events. Will share once the episodes broadcast soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery of the Yellow Bulbs: Discovery of a New Caterpillar-Ant-Parasitic Plant Relationship

Scientists Uncover Strange Secret Life of a Jungle Butterfly - By Nadia Drake, National Geographic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/151203-caterpillar-ant-parasitic-plant-Peru-science-evolution/

SoCal Scientist Makes Remarkable Rainforest Discovery - By Jason Goldman, KCET

http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewild/invertebrates/socal-scientist-makes-remarkable-rainforest-discovery.html

 Foldscope in the Amazon Rainforest

The $1 Pocket Microscope - By Ed Young, The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/09/one-dollar-origami-microscope-foldscope/403156/

A folding paper microsope? It's real - By Michael Pearson, CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/08/tech/paper-microscope-feat/

 

 

Interviewed by the BBC for the Glow Worms in the Peruvian Amazon story. The episode will be featured on 'Weird World' towards the end of 2015. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk Nerdy Podcast Episode 60 - By Cara Santa Maria

http://carasantamaria.com/podcast/aaron-pomerantz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch: Bizarre caterpillar with erupting tentacles filmed - By Nadia Drake for National Geographic Weird & Wild

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150427-caterpillars-tentacles-rainforests-animals-peru-science

This Gloriously Weird Caterpillar Has "Tentacles" That Erupt When You Shout At It - By Kelly Oakes for BuzzFeed

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/this-caterpillar-has-tentacles-sort-of#.yuyxrK669g

Caterpillar shows off crazy tentacles - but only when you yell at it - By Jason Goldman for Earth Touch

http://www.earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wtf/caterpillar-shows-off-crazy-tentacles-but-only-when-you-yell-at-it

 

Top Jungle Critter Encounters in 2015 - Tamboapta, Peru

A recap of some of the coolest wildlife encounters & stories from 2015

 

Los Angeles' 30 Newest Species - By Aaron Pomerantz for The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-pomerantz/la-30-newest-species_b_6944318.html

How a scientist discovered 30 new species in L.A.'s smoggy backyards - By Sarah Kaplan for The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/03/26/how-a-scientist-discovered-30-new-species-in-l-a-s-smoggy-backyards

Earth's untallied biological beauty, from L.A. suburbs to deep seabed sediments - By Andrew Revkin for The New York Times http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/earths-untallied-biological-bounty-from-l-a-suburbs-to-deep-seabed-sediments/?_r=0

 

 

The Wild Life (Ep 10): Aaron Pomerantz on Rainfrests, Cool Insects & Eating Bugs - By Jason Goldman

http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/natural-world/the-wild-life-ep-10-aaron-pomerantz-on-rainforests-cool-insects-eating-bugs

 

 

 

 

Predatory ‘Glow Worm’ Discovered In Peruvian Rainforest - By Lisa Winter for IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/predatory-glow-worm-discovered-peruvian-rainforest

Glowing Predatory Insect Graboids - By Gwen Pearson for WIRED

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/glowing-predatory-insect-graboids/

These Larvae Glow in the Dark, Then Eat You - By Jason Goldman for io9

http://animals.io9.com/these-larvae-glow-in-the-dark-then-eat-you-1660010612

 

What I Learned Hunting Decoy-Weaving Spiders In The Amazon - By Douglas Main

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/what-i-learned-hunting-amazonian-spiders-weave-fake-spiders

 

Solving spider mysteries in the Peruvian Amazon – By Nadia Drake

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25758-solving-spider-mysteries-in-the-peruvian-amazon.html#.VFv9PsmalPY

 

Science Communicators in the Peruvian Amazon – Crowdfunding Project through Rockethub

http://www.rockethub.com/projects/48151-science-communicators-in-the-peruvian-amazon#description-tab

 

The joy of insects – Aaron Pomerantz joins Real Scientists!

http://realscientists.org/2014/10/26/the-joy-of-insects-aaron-pomerantz-joins-real-scientists/

 

Essay Wins Florida Student Chance to Attend USDA 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum - By Allison Floyd

http://growingfl.com/news/2013/01/essay-wins-florida-student-chance-attend-usda-2013-agricultural-outlook-forum/

 

Publications

Pomerantz AF, Penafiel N, Arteaga A, Bustamante L, Pichardo F, Coloma LA, Barrio-Amoros CL, Salazar-Valenzuela D, Prost S (2018) Real-time DNA barcoding in a rainforest using nanopore sequencing: opportunities for rapid biodiversity assessments and local capacity building GigaScience GigaScience, giy033, https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giy033

Torres PJ, Pomerantz AF (2016) Butterfly kleptoparasitism and first account of immature stages, myrmecophily, and bamboo host plant of the metalmark Adelotypa annulifera (Riodinidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society. 70: 130-138.

Hoy MA, Waterhouse RM, Wu K, Estep AS, Ioannidis P, Palmer WJ, Pomerantz AF, et al. (2016) Genome sequencing of the phytoseiid predatory mite Metaseilus occidentalis reveals completely atomized Hox genes and super-dynamic intron evolution. Genome Biology and Evolution. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evw048

Pomerantz AF, Hoy MA, Kawahara AY (2014) Molecular characterization and evolutionary insights into potential sex-determination genes in the western orchard predatory mite Metaseiulus occidentalis (Chelicerata: Arachnida: Acari: Phytoseiidae). J Biomol Struct Dyn DOI:10.1080/07391102.2014.941402

Pomerantz AF, Hoy MA (2014) Expression analysis of Drosophila doublesex, transformer-2, intersex, fruitless-like, and vitellogenin homologs in the parahaploid predator Metaseiulus occidentalis (Chelicerata: Acari: Phytoseiidae). Exp Appl Acarol DOI: 10.1007/s10493-014-9855-2

Pomerantz AF, Hoy MA (2014) RNAi-mediated knockdown of transformer-2 in the predatory mite Metaseiulus occidentalis via oral delivery of double-stranded RNA. Exp Appl Acarol DOI: 10.1007/s10493-014-9852-5