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Wings of vouchers (see p. 5)
Preparing specimens (see p. 5)
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New Guinea moths (see p. 2)
Delano Lewis
was featured in
and other
media outlets including WCJB-TV 20 for his discovery
of a “green” pesticide effective against citrus pests. A
paper on systematics of
Calisto
butterflies as an example
of the utility of barcoding methodology for taxonomy by
Andrei Sourakov
was featured in
and
on many websites including
. An article
on caterpillar mimicry that Sourakov co-authored with
Keith Willmott
and Marianne Elias from the Muséum
National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris was featured in
,
and other media outlets.
Geoff Galice
received a travel grant from UF’s Graduate
Student Council, a research fellowship from the
Organization for Tropical Studies
and a scholarship
from
Innovation through Institutional Integration
.
He gave an invited talk at the
Organization for
Tropical Studies
, Heredia, Costa Rica,
On the
Relationship Between Abundance and Distribution of
Neotropical Butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiini)
and
the same presentation at the
Ecological Society of
America
annual meeting in Austin, Texas. He also
was a winner in the Faces of Biology Photo Contest
organized by the
American Institute of Biological
Sciences
.
Galice
conducted fieldwork in Costa Rica,
Panama, Peru and Puerto Rico, and gave an invited
guest lecture and lab on
Insect Sampling Techniques
and Applications
in the
UF Department of Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation
. In addition to his work on
butterflies,
Galice
started a new project on non-target
effects of introduced parasitoids on native saturniid
moths in North Florida.
Sebastián Padrón
visited a
number of collecting sites in Ecuador for his work on
the butterfly genus
Catasticta.
Elena Ortiz
graduated
with her Master’s degree and was admitted to the
Ph.D. program in the
UF Department of Entomology
& Nematology
with a research assistantship in the
McGuire Center. She received a grant from the
Center
for Systematic Entomology
and an award from the
Systematics Research Fund
to support her Master’s
project titled “Molecular Systematics of the Butterfly
Tribe Preponini (Nymphalidae: Charaxinae).” She
also presented results of her Master’s research at the
Southern Lepidopterists’ Society/Association for
Tropical Lepidoptera
annual meeting.
Montana
Atwater
successfully defended her thesis, “Diversity
and Pollination Ecology of Small Flower Settling
Moths within Florida Sandhill Ecosystems.” She
joined her husband and former McGuire Center
student,
Christian Salcedo
, at the
Chinese Academy
of Sciences
, Institute of Zoology, in Beijing, China,
working as a visiting scholar, editing manuscripts and
tutoring students in scientific writing. She also met
with the Lepidoptera Systematics Group to discuss
the Chinese moth fauna and to assist with preparation
of microlepidoptera. Recently,
Salcedo
finished his
postdoctoral appointment at the
Chinese Academy of
Sciences
, with several publications about the chemical
ecology of red turpentine beetles. He accepted a job
with
Dow AgroSciences
in Puerto Rico as the leader
of the newly established Integrated Pest Management
unit, and moved there with
Atwater,
who will begin a
moth survey in Puerto Rico.
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This satyrine butterfly caterpillar was found during a field trip to
Zamora, Ecuador.