Graduate Student Program

McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity

Florida Museum of Natural History

The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (MGCL) houses the Lepidoptera researchers and collections of the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH), a college-level unit of the University of Florida. The collections are some of the most comprehensive in the world, and McGuire Center staff and students conduct research into diverse aspects of Lepidoptera biology, including systematics, evolution, ecology, biogeography, conservation, genetics, physiology, and biochemistry, among others.

The FLMNH is not a degree-conferring department of the university, so our students are admitted to and pursue graduate programs through University of Florida departments where our staff and faculty have courtesy appointments. Depending on the supervisor's affiliation, possible departments include Entomology and Nematology, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and Biology, among others. The McGuire Center provides office space for students, access to our collections and facilities, and the opportunity to interact more closely with our active group of students and researchers working on Lepidoptera. Prospective students should begin by contacting a potential supervisor to discuss options for their graduate program.

McGuire Center faculty and staff

Name (* currently able to serve as graduate committee supervisor) Home department Affiliated department for student supervision Main research interests Main taxonomic expertise Main field program Email address/webpage
Dr. Charlie Covell FLMNH Entomology & Nematology Systematics, faunistics Geometridae + other macrolepidoptera Neotropics, Nearctic
Dr. Jaret Daniels * FLMNH Entomology & Nematology, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Conservation, ecology Butterflies USA; webpage
Dr. Thomas Emmel * FLMNH Biology, Entomology & Nematology, Center for Latin American Studies Chromosome evolution, ecology, conservation Butterfliesworldwide
Dr. James Hayden FDACS Division of Plant Industry Not yet established Systematics Moths USA
Dr. John Heppner * FLMNH Entomology & Nematology Systematics Microlepidoptera Peru, Taiwan
Dr. Akito Kawahara * FLMNH Entomology & Nematology, Biology Systematics, evolution, behavior, genomics Various groups Worldwide; webpage
Dr. Delano Lewis FLMNH Not yet established Phylogeography, Systematics, Insect Conservation, Radar Entomology Heraclides, Cyllopodini Neotropics, especially Caribbean (W. Indies); webpage
Dr. Jackie Miller * FLMNH Entomology & Nematology, Biology, Center for Latin American Studies Systematics, biogeography Castniidae, Satyrinae Caribbean, Honduras
Dr. K. T. Park FLMNH Not yet established Systematics Gelechioidea Oriental region
Dr. Andrei Sourakov * FLMNH Entomology & Nematology Systematics, immature stage ecology Satyrinae, moths Florida, Argentina; CV
Dr. Andrew Warren FLMNH Not yet established Systematics, biogeography Hesperiidae USA, Mexico; webpage
Dr. Keith Willmott * FLMNH Entomology & Nematology Systematics, biogeography, conservation Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae Neotropics, especially Ecuador; webpage

Application and admission information:

Application procedure to UF's Office of Admissions

Additional information for international students

Department of Entomology and Nematology: Application procedures, Graduate Handbook

Department of Biology: Application procedures, Graduate program

Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation: Graduate program

Funding opportunities:

Note that deadlines, stipend totals etc are subject to change, check with source webpages or individual contacts for current details.

SourceEligibilityDuration of fundingNotesApplication deadline (for Fall admission)Departments where available
NSF Graduate Research FellowshipU.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident alien (Green Card holder); student is a graduating senior, has completed a B.S./B.A. degree, or is in their 1st year or the first semester of their 2nd year in graduate school; typically high GPA (>3.7) and GRE scores needed3 years$30,000 stipend, up to $10,500 tuition/health insuranceNovember for Fall of following year (check here for date)Any
Department of Biology Teaching AssistantshipsAll students2 (MA) to 5 (PhD, already with MA) or 6 (PhD without MA) years0.33 to 0.5 time assistantships for 9 months stipend $12-18,000 + tuition waiver + health insurance15-DecBiology
McKnight Doctoral FellowshipsApplicants must be African American or Hispanic, U.S. citizens, and hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.3 yearsAnnual stipend $12,000, tuition up to $5,000 (remainder apparently waived by UF)15-JanAny
UF Graduate School FellowshipsPhD candidates only; fluent English speaker; excellent students (GPA>3.5, GRE>1200, strong research and publication record, strong letter of support from prospective chair)Up to 4 yearsDepartments awarded a certain number each year - varies; teaching assistance required (up to 4 semesters in EntNem)Announced January, deadline late January (may vary, check with Departmental graduate coordinator)Entomology & Nematology, + see other individual departments for availability
McGuire Research AssistantshipsAll studentsVariesA limited number available each year, students should already have a research area in mind, and/or be able to demonstrate a keen interest in Lepidoptera research; contact Keith Willmott ( or your prospective supervisor for details, enclosing a brief CV and short statement (200 words) of areas of research interest, if appropriateJanuary 30 each year; decision expected by April 1Any
Tropical Conservation and Development Program Fellowships and AssistantshipsStudents must complete the TCD 12-15 credit TCD interdisciplinary concentration; home department must be affiliated with TCD; preference for students focusing on biodiversity conservation; most recipients are from Latin American and Caribbean nations1 yearIncludes $16,000 stipend + tuition/fees; usually matched by 2nd yr support from student's home departmentFebruary 1 (in 2012)Entomology & Nematology; Biology (Zoology, Botany); Wildlife Ecology & Conservation; SNRE (complete list here)
CALS Dean's Matching AssistantshipsChair or co-chair must be affiliated with Entomology & Nematology Department; faculty must have matching funds confirmed from grant or contract (not state) sources; student must be fluent in English; PhD student preferred; faculty can receive only one match per year; strong letter of support from prospective chair2 (MA) to 4 (PhD) yearsDepartments awarded a certain number each year - varies; $8,400 stipend (for 2010) and fee waiver while stipend in force; students must complete 2 (MA) to 4 (PhD) semesters as teaching assistantsFebruary, contact Departmental Graduate Coordinator to confirm dateEntomology and Nematology
Entomology & Nematology Teaching Assistantships (Gahan, Steinmetz and Departmental TAs)Fluent English speakers6 (MA) or 9 (PhD) semestersIncludes stipend and tuition waiver; teaching assistance requirement assigned by Graduate CoordinatorCheck with Departmental Graduate CoordinatorEntomology & Nematology
Grant-funded Research AssistantshipsVariesVariesMcGuire faculty and staff, and those of other departments, may have grant-funded RAs available at any timeVariesWherever available
Entomology Department NATL assistantship-VariesContact graduate coordinator for more detailsVariesEntomology and Nematology
Entomology Department Outreach Teaching Assistantship-VariesContact graduate coordinator for more detailsVariesEntomology and Nematology
Fulbright ScholarshipsNon-US citizensVaries by countryVaries by countryVaries by countryAny