Systematics of Neotropical Butterflies at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History

Keith Willmott

Associate Curator of Lepidoptera, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Powell Hall, 3215 Hull Road, PO Box 112710, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710; Tel: (1 352) 273 2012; Fax: (1 352) 392 0479;

I work on Neotropical butterfly systematics in the broadest sense of the word - my interests and those of my collaborators and students are in studying butterfly diversity, understanding its spatial and temporal patterns, investigating the evolution and maintenance of diversity, and applying results to biodiversity conservation. Our research includes field work throughout the Neotropics with a focus on the tropical Andes, involving rapid inventories to efficiently gather distribution data, in addition to more in-depth ecological studies at individual sites. In the lab we use morphology and molecular data to address species-level taxonomy as well as infer phylogenies, and investigate the tempo and mode of diversification.

Field work, Ecuador 2013, with Julia and Jamie Robinson Willmott.
Butterflies of Ecuador
Systematics, ecology and biogeography of the butterflies of one of the world's three most diverse countries.
Systematics and evolution of Euptychiina
Phylogenetic analysis, taxonomic monographs and biogeography of this diverse group of lowland Neotropical forest and savannah satyrines.
Systematics and evolution of Ithomiini
Phylogenetic analysis, taxonomic monographs and field studies of a fascinating group of neotropical butterflies.
Tropical Andean Butterfly Diversity Project
Training, databasing and setting priorities for tropical Andean butterfly research and conservation.
Biotic interactions and latitudinal gradients in Adelpha
Quantifying the strength of biotic interactions in Adelpha communities in the USA and the Neotropics.

Recent publications

Ebel, E. R., DaCosta, J. M., Sorenson, M. D., Hill, R. I., Briscoe, A. D., Willmott, K. R., Mullen, S. P., 2015, Mol. Ecol.: Rapid diversification associated with ecological specialization in Neotropical Adelpha butterflies

Warren, A. D., Tan, D., Willmott, K. R., Grishin, N. V., 2014, Trop. Lepid. Res.: Refining the diagnostic characters and distribution of Hermeuptychia intricata...

Brower, A. V. Z., Willmott, K. R., Silva-Brandão, K. L., Garzón-Orduña, I. J., Freitas, A. V. L., 2014, Syst. Biodiv.: Phylogenetic relationships of ithomiine butterflies...

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