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McGUIRE CENTER NEWS,
Issue 7, April 2013
Staff News_ _________________________________________________
McGuire Center
Seminar Schedule
Fall Semester, 2012
Aug. 28: Sebastian Padrón,
Craig & Ian Segebarth & Delano
Lewis, The McGuire Center:
“What I did last summer.”
Sept. 11: Alexandra Sourakov,
Adrian Duehl and Andrei
Sourakov, The McGuire Center:
“Foraging Behavior of the Blue
Morpho and Other Tropical
Butterflies: the Chemical and
Electrophysiological Basis of
Olfactory Preferences and the
Role of Color.”
Sept. 25: Charles Covell,
The McGuire Center:
“The
2012 Lepidopterists Society
Annual Meeting at the Denver
Museum: A Report on a Full
and Varied Agenda.”
Oct. 9: Paul Severns, University
of Washington, Vancouver:
“The benefit of considering
evolutionary ecology for
butterfly conservation:
examples from the Pacific
Northwest.”
Oct. 23: Delano Lewis, The
McGuire Center: “How to
take genitalia images on a
low budget” and
“Ongoing
Phylogenetic, Systematic, and
RFID projects from the Lewis
Lab.”
Nov. 6: Sandy Koi, Dept. of
Entomology & Nematology,
UF, and The McGuire Center:
“Magical Mystical Atala:
Preliminary Biological Data on
the biology of
Eumaeus atala
(Lycaenidae).”
Nov. 13: Caroline Williams,
Dept. of Entomology &
Nematology, UF:
“The
forgotten season: evolutionary
ecology of winter warming.”
Dec. 4: Keith Willmott, The
McGuire Center:
“Why do the
eastern Andes have the world’s
richest butterfly fauna?”
Courses Taught -
Keith Willmott
and
Andrei
Sourakov
co-taught
Lepidoptera Biology
in the
UF Department of Entomology and Nematology;
Sebastián Padrón
taught
Introductory Entomology
to undergraduate students in the Manglares Curute
Reserve, Guayas, Ecuador;
Jackie Miller
and
Debbie
Matthews
co-taught
Tropical Ecology, Entomology,
and Ecotourism
and
Special Research Topics in Tropical
Entomology
at the Pico Bonito National Park in
Honduras; and
Akito Kawahara
taught
Invertebrate
Field Biology
and a seminar in
Phylogenetic Systematics
in
the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Grants Received –
Keith Willmott and
Andrei Sourakov
were awarded an
NSF grant for
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
to study
Tegosa
butterflies. As a result, two students (Derick
Hernandez from the University of Puerto Rico and
Kirsten Verster from UF) had an opportunity to work
at the McGuire Center for two months.
Maria Checa
received the
Schmink Award for Innovation in Tropical
Conservation & Development
to support her project
Feasibility of Butterfly Farming Initiatives as a Viable
Tool for Sustainable Development and Capacity Building
in Western Ecuador.
James Hayden, Akito Kawahara
and Sangmi Lee (Arizona State University) received
a
USDA Farm Bill grant
for
Digital Identification of
Microlepidoptera on Solanaceous Plants
;
Lary Reeves
received a fellowship through
the NSF Graduate
Research Fellowship Program
;
Reeves
also received
a
North American Nature Photographer’s College
Scholarship
.
Akito Kawahara
received a grant from
the
Society for Systematic Biologists
, an
SBS Mini-ARTS
Grant
to work on
Revisionary Systematics of the Critically
Endangered Hawaiian Philodoria Leaf-Mining Moths
,
a
National Geographic Society grant
for the project
Molecular phylogeny, evolutionary origins, and diversity
of the Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta) and relatives,
and
NSF RAHSS
and
NSF REU grants
.
Charlie Covell
received funding from the
Visiting Taxonomists program
at the Essig Museum
to visit the University of California,
Berkeley, to conduct curatorial work and research on
Geometrid moths.
Jaret Daniels
received several grants
totaling more than $200,000 for projects to study the
occurrence, distribution and ecology of the endangered
Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly, and to develop sustainable
pollination strategies for U.S. specialty crops and plants
for wildlife.
Collecting Expeditions and Fieldwork –
Keith
Willmott
worked at the
Paris Natural History Museum
and in
Ecuador
;
Sebastián Padrón
spent a month
in
Ecuador
collecting
Catasticta
butterflies for his
dissertation research;
Debbie Matthews and Jackie
Miller
worked at the
Pico Bonito National Park,
Honduras
, and in
Summit County, Colo.
; they also visited
collections at the
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
to identify its holdings of Pterophoridae moths and
the
National Museum of Natural History, Washington
D.C.
, where they worked on Cuban and Honduran
Lepidoptera;
Andy Warren
collected specimens in the
mountains of
Colorado
;
Akito Kawahara
conducted
fieldwork in
Borneo, French Guiana, Hawaii, Japan,
Korea, Malaysia and Arizona
;
Charlie Covell
worked in
Kentucky
and
Panama
;
Jade Badon
and
Lary Reeves
spent three months in the
Philippines
;
Reeves
also
conducted a
Bio Blitz with the Nature Conservancy in
Jamaica
;
John Heppner
led expeditions to
Guatemala,
Panama, Peru
and
Vietnam
.
Thomas Emmel
and
Ian
Segebarth
made photographic expeditions to
Ecuador,
the Galapagos Islands, Honduras, Kenya, Madagascar,
Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Alaska, Montana and
Wyoming
.
Awards -
Keith Willmott
received a
University of
Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award
;
Akito
Kawahara
received a
Young Investigator Award from the
International Congress of Entomology
.
Conferences -
Akito Kawahara
and
Keith
Willmott
co-presented on the
Biogeography of
Neotropical Hawkmoths and Andean Butterflies at
the Florida Museum of Natural History
at the
Second
Meeting of the Network for Neotropical Biogeography in
Miami
;
Willmott
also presented with
Maria Checa
on
Standardized Sampling Methods for Tropical Andean
Butterflies: Experiences in Ecuador
at the
Fourth
International Meeting on Neotropical Lepidoptera,
Montevideo, Uruguay
. At the same conference,
Andrei Sourakov
presented on
DNA Barcoding
and the Radiation of the Endemic Caribbean Butterfly
Genus Calisto
, while Elena Ortíz reported on her
Master’s thesis results concerning
Systematics of
Preponini Butterflies
;
Debbie Matthews
co-authored
a presentation with
Jackie Miller
, Terry Lott, Roger
Portell and James Toomey at the
Entomological Society
of America (ESA) Annual Meeting
in Knoxville, Tenn.,
and at two other meetings about the
Inventory of the
Lepidopteran Fauna of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base,
Cuba
. At the
Lepidopterists’ Society of America (LSA)
meeting in Denver,
James Hayden
spoke about
Larvae
of Penestola and Sufetula in Florida
and
Andy Warren
presented “
Collections and collecting: we are running out
of time!
” Hayden also presented on
Microlepidoptera on
Solanaceae: an Online Resource
at the annual ATL/SLS
meeting in Gainesville. During that meeting,
Caterpillar of the Lesser Purple Emperor,
Apatura ilia
, Russia