Fla. Museum researcher honored as Entomology Society of America fellow

November 12th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History curator of Lepidoptera Jacqueline Y. Miller has been named a fellow of the Entomology Society of America. She will be inducted during the society’s annual meeting that begins Sunday in Reno, Nev.

Selection as an Entomology Society of America fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension or administration.

“Dr. Miller is certainly worthy of having been selected as a fellow by the Entomological Society of America,” said J.E. McPherson, past president of the society. “She has had an outstanding career, not only through her numerous research contributions to the science of entomology but to her dedicated service to the society.”

Miller is the Allyn Curator of Lepidoptera and associate director of the Florida Museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity where she is actively engaged in research and fieldwork, particularly in the West Indies and Central and South America. Her research interests include the systematics, life history, biodiversity and biogeography of butterflies, with a special focus on the Castniidae, commonly known as butterfly moths.

Her work has increased the understanding of the higher taxonomic categories and evolutionary history of Lepidoptera. Miller also has authored or co-authored eight books and 150 papers.

She received her B.S. in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, her M.S. in biology from Catholic University of America and her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida, with a specialization in entomology.

Miller received a three-year UF research professorship award this year, and also was recognized in 2005 by the Southern Lepidopterists’ Society with the Abbot Award for her significant contributions to the study of Caribbean Lepidoptera.

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Source: Jackie Miller, 352-273-2016
Writer: Caroline Glagola
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu