In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with award winning geologist, Dr. Neil Bockoven, about fire ants, their destructive habits and behaviors and what you can do to battle them.
Dr. Bockoven is going to fill us in on the history of the fire ants migration from Argentina and into the United States along with showing us how fire ants have been spreading for the past 80 years along the southern USA.
From there he will teach us about the destruction the fire ants have caused, not only in commercial agriculture but also in backyard gardens and small farms.
Dr. Bockoven will give us some tips on how to combat fire ants, he'll also fill us in on their natural predators, and teach us why they haven't made their way up to Canada yet.
Neil Thomas Bockoven is an award-winning PhD geologist and journalist with 35 years of experience in minerals exploration.
He has been featured in: Geological Society of America Bulletin, Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, Virginia Journal of Science, AAPG Bulletin, and many other scientific journals. He is a repeat guest on one of the largest radio talk shows in the country.
Neil worked as a geologist for Exxon/ExxonMobil in Denver, Midland, Houston, New Orleans and Albuquerque. He was also the South Texas Joint Venture Coordinator, negotiating dozens of joint ventures with companies like EOG for the King Ranch in Texas.
These joint ventures made ExxonMobil hundreds of millions of dollars. He coordinated teams of geologists, engineers, landmen and lawyers. He attended The College of William and Mary, where he was a member of the state champion swim team, and received a Bachelor of Arts.
From there, Neil went on to The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a masters and doctorate. He has published articles on topics as diverse as the geology of huge volcanic calderas of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Mexico to sexual dimorphism in Astarte clams.
His current interests center on the interaction between Early Modern Humans and Neanderthals during the Paleolithic Age, and the amazing related discoveries being made through archaeology and genetics.