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McGUIRE CENTER NEWS,
Issue 6, April 2012
McGUIRE CENTER NEWS,
Issue 6, April 2012
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butterfly, and another talk about
Euphilotes
Blues of
the Pacific Northwest.
Warren
also presented a talk
at the
60th Annual Meeting of The Lepidopterists’
Society
at Yale University about the progress and
goals of
The Butterflies of America
website, which he
co-authors with several others. This website currently
includes 7,000 species, features 167,000 images and is
considered by many the greatest resource of its kind.
Miller
and
Matthews
also co-presented at the annual
meeting of the
Entomological Society of America
in Reno, Nev., on
the cacao plume moth in Honduras
.
Akito Kawahara
co-authored presentations with Dan
Rubinoff from the University of Hawaii about their
work on evolution and conservation of
Hyposmocoma
moths in Hawaii. They also presented at the
Pacific
Entomological Society
Conference in Honolulu, at the
Entomological Society of America
annual meeting
in Reno, Nev., and at the
Southern Lepidopterists’
Society/Association for Tropical Lepidoptera
conference.
Kawahara
also spoke about
the mega-
diverse radiation of butterflies and moths
during his
seminar at the UF Department of Biology. During the
Florida Museum’s ButterflyFest, he delivered an address
about
The butterflies and moths of Japan: Japanese culture,
collecting, and research
.
Kawahara
also co-authored a
presentation on rapid taxonomic inventory in French
Guiana via DNA barcoding at the
European Congress
of Lepidopterology
in Luxembourg.
Vladimir
Lukhtanov
spoke about genetic and ecological
mechanisms of speciation in insects and about modern
methods of systematics at the conference titled
“Basic problems of entomology in the 21
st
century” in
St. Petersburg, Russia, in May. He also co-authored
presentations on
Exploring ecological causes behind the
Palaearctic radiation of the Polyommatus blues
at the
meeting of the
Zoological Society of London
and on
Agrodiaetus
Blues at the International Conference on
Biological Diversity and Conservation Problems of
the Fauna of the Caucasus that took place in Armenia
in September 2011.
Charles Covell
presented at the
February 2012 biennial meeting of Forum Herbulot in
South Africa. He also gave a report on his Lepidoptera
survey visit to the Cosnipata Valley in Peru during the
Lepidopterists’ Society Annual Meeting.
James Hayden
spoke at the
Southern Lepidopterists’ Society/
Association for Tropical Lepidoptera
meeting
about
Penestola
and
Sufetula
crambid moths in Florida and
at the
Entomological Society of America
meeting
on systematics of the European Pepper Moth.
Mirian
Hay-Roe
spoke about butterfly farming in the Yanesha
Native Community in Peru during the
Southern
Lepidopterists’ Society/Association for Tropical
Lepidoptera
meeting, and gave a presentation to
teachers at the Florida Museum of Natural History
about acoustic signals in Lepidoptera.
New Projects –
Akito Kawahara
started several
new projects on the evolution of hawkmoth and
leafminers. The Kawahara Lab currently includes 13
students working on various projects pertaining to
Lepidoptera evolution.
Debbie Matthews,
Jackie
Miller
and other Florida Museum colleagues initiated
an inventory of Lepidoptera on the Guantanamo Bay
Naval Base, Cuba.
Miller
also began collaboration
with the
America Public University in Liberia
by
identifying Lepidoptera specimens from various forests
in this country.
Vladimir Lukhtanov
continues his
work on chromosome evolution and speciation in the
butterfly genus
Leptidea
that has recently received
extensive attention after being featured in prominent
scientific journals including
Nature Communications
and
BMC Evolutionary Biology
.
Jaret Daniels
completed
the third year of the Imperiled Butterfly Conservation
and Management program funded by the
Institute of
Museum and Library Services
, an intensive training
program designed for staff members of zoos, natural
history museums, botanical gardens and state and
federal wildlife agencies in butterfly conservation.
Mirian Hay-Roe
is working on haplotype analysis to
map migration patterns of the fall armyworm moths.
She has also developed a new protocol for lipid analysis
to understand the patterns of lipid utilization of the
moth during migration.
Courses Taught –
Delano Lewis
replaced
Jaret
Daniels
teaching
Insect Conservation,
and Daniels
has been helping with the transition. In September
2011,
Lewis
also served as a facilitator in the
Regional
Lepidoptera Identification Workshop
at
St. George’s
University, Grenada
. In January 2011,
Debbie
Matthews
conducted a
Lepidoptera Workshop
for
children of the U.S. military at the
Guantanamo
Bay Naval Base
. In spring 2011,
Keith Willmott
taught a course in evolutionary biogeography with
Nico Cellinese, Florida Museum assistant curator of
informatics, in the
University of Florida Department
of Biology. Willmott
also co-taught
Biology of
Lepidoptera
with
Andrei Sourakov
during spring 2012
in the
UF Department of Entomology & Nematology
.
Vladimir Lukhtanov,
who has been working part of the
year in the McGuire Center, taught two courses in his
native Russia:
Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics
and
Molecular Systematics
.
Daniels
once again taught
a highly popular
Grant Writing
course.
Grants Received –
Akito Kawahar
a received a
National Science Foundation Research Experience
for Undergraduates Supplement
aimed at involving
undergraduates in research. He also was PI on an
NSF-funded
Integrative Organismal Systems
Grant
to study ultrasonic stridulation in hawkmoths
(behavior aimed at avoiding bats). A grant from the
Florida Museum allowed
Kawahar
a to expand DNA
storage and use of the McGuire Center Molecular
Laboratory.
Kawahar
a also received a
Franklin
Research Grant
from the
American Philosophical
Society
for his research on hawk moths.
Vladimir
Lukhtanov
received a travel grant from the
Russian
Foundation for Basic Research
for his expedition to
study reproductive isolation in blue butterflies. The
same foundation funded his research on taxonomical
diversity and distributional patterns of Lepidoptera in
the Russian Federation.
Jaret Daniels
received a grant
for
Operation Pollinator Florida
from the
Coalition
for Urban Rural Environmental Stewardship
, and
funding from the
Florida Wildflower Foundation
for
the
Plant for Wildlife
project.
Daniels
also serves as a
co-PI on a
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation
grant to
evaluate native and non-native plants (seed mixtures)
in agricultural landscapes for the conservation of
pollinators. He will continue surveys of the endangered
Miami Blue and Schaus Swallowtail butterflies with
funding from two additional
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service
grants.
Delano Lewis
is a co-PI on another
of
Daniel’s Florida Department of Transportation
grants
for a
Roadside Vegetation Management/
Pollinator Study
aimed at exploring the effect of
roadside mowing and wildflower augmentation on
native pollinators.
Collecting Expeditions and Fieldwork –
During
the past year,
John Heppner
worked in Cambodia,
Guatemala, Panama, Peru and Vietnam, and visited
the collections of the
Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History
in Washington, D.C.
Akito
Kawahara
worked in Ecuador, Hawaii and Malaysia.
Debbie Matthews
and
Jacqueline Miller
went on
collecting trips to the Bahamas and Honduras. They
also took the resulting specimens for identification to
the
Smithsonian
and worked briefly at the museum
of
Escuela Agrícola Panamericana in Zamorano,
Honduras
.
Keith Willmott
conducted field work in
Ecuador in July and August, while
Vladimir Lukhtanov
worked in the mountains of Kazakhstan.
Andy Warren
worked in North Carolina’s Outer Banks and Colorado.
Warren
also led an expedition to Isla de Cedros in Baja
California, Mexico.
James Hayden
,
Kawahara
and
Andrei Sourakov
conducted fieldwork throughout
Florida, studying the state’s diverse moth fauna.
Awards –
Akito Kawahara
received a
John
Henry Comstock Award
from the
Entomological
Society of America
. He also received the
Alexander
B. Klots Award
from the
Lepidopterists’ Society of
America
, and
Henry H. Work Science Award
from
the
Cosmos Club Foundation
in Washington, D.C.
Kawahara
was also named a Joint Assistant Professor
in the UF departments of
Biology
and
Entomology &
Nematology
, and the
School of Natural Resources
and Environment
.
Miller
also was named an honorary
Life Member of the
Lepidopterists’ Society of
America.
Conferences –
Jackie Miller
and
Debbie
Matthews
served as program co-chairs for the
Southern Lepidopterists’ Society/Association for
Tropical Lepidoptera
annual meeting held at the
McGuire Center in October, which attracted nearly
50 participants and featured 20 presentations, many
from McGuire Center faculty and staff.
Keith Willmott
presented on the
Evolutionary history and the equatorial
peak in Neotropical butterfly species richness,
and
Miller
and
Matthews
presented about Lepidoptera associated
with the plant genus
Melanthera
in northern Honduras.
Andy Warren
also
gave a talk about a Crystal Skipper
– the East Coast’s only endemic sand dune obligate
McGuire Center
Seminar Schedule,
Fall Semester, 2011
Sept. 13. John Heppner, Akito
Kawahara, Jaret Daniels and
Geoff Gallice, The McGuire
Center:
“What I Did Last
Summer.”
Sept. 27: Charlie Covell,
The McGuire Center:
“The 2011 Lepidopterists’
Society Annual Meeting and
Earlier Meetings: Notes in
Preparation for Our 2013
Annual Meeting.
Oct. 11: Andy Warren, The
McGuire Center:
“Colorado
Butterflies 2011, With Tips on
Live Butterfly Photography.”
Oct. 18: Sandy Koi,
Department of Entomology
& Nematology:
“Biology and
Conservation of Eumaeus
atala in South Florida.”
Nov. 1: Marc Minno,
Gainesville, Fla.:
“Butterfly
Decline in the Florida Keys.”
Nov. 15: Andrei Sourakov,
The McGuire Center:
“Darwin’s Butterflies?
Spectacular Species Radiation
in the Caribbean Studied
with ‘DNA Barcoding.’ ”
Nov. 29: Glenn Hall, UF Dept.
of Entomology & Nematology:
“Research on Native Bees at
the University of Florida.”
Dec. 6: Krushnamegh Kunte,
Harvard University:
“Natural
Selection, Evolution, and
Genetics: Lessons from
Butterfly Mimicry.”
McGuire Center
Seminar Schedule
Spring Semester,
2012
Jan. 10. Sora Kim, University
of Seoul, Korea:
“Systematics
of Microlepidoptera
Families Oecophoridae and
Pterophoridae in Korea.”
Jan. 24. Keith Willmott, The
McGuire Center:
“The Use of
DNA Sequence Data in Andean
Butterfly Taxonomy: Panacea,
or Pandora’s box?”
Feb. 7: Andrei Sourakov, The
McGuire Center:
“Lunchtime
Research Behind the
Museum: Niche Partitioning,
Coevolution and Life Histories
of Erythrina Moths.”
Feb. 21: J.D. Turner, The
McGuire Center:
“Territorial
Behavior in Butterflies.”
March 13: Jennifer Gillett-
Kaufman, UF Department of
Entomology & Nematology:
“University of Florida’s
Natural Area Teaching Lab:
Biodiversity and Use.”
March 27: Charles V. Covell Jr.,
The McGuire Center:
“Report
on the Recent Forum Herbulot
Meeting of Geometrid Moth
Specialists at a South African
Biodiversity Center.”
April 10: David L. Wagner,
University of Connecticut.
“Barking up New Trees -
Letting Immatures
(Caterpillars) Have their Say.”
April 24: Lary Reeves, UF
Department of Entomology
& Nematology.
“Lepidoptera
and Ecological Issues of the
Philippine Archipelago.”
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