Systematics of Neotropical Butterflies at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History

Students, volunteers and visiting researchers

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Vladimir Lukhtanov
Vladimir is working on our NSF BRC grant to curate and integrate the Ulf Eitschberger collection of Lepidoptera, focusing in particular on Lycaenidae and Satyrinae.

Jane Blanchard
Jane has polished off curation of the neotropical Dismorphiinae, Pierinae, and Ithomiini, and is now working on the Nymphalinae.

Elena Ortiz, UF
Elena finished her Masters degree in summer 2011 and started her PhD in the Entomology and Nematology Department in spring 2012. She is studying the role of wing pattern and geography in the evolution of Preponini, a group of spectacular neotropical Charaxinae, and has re-curated the McGuire holdings of the group.

Kirsten Verster, UF
Kirsten is a Biology undergraduate working on the systematics of the Neotropical butterfly genus Tegosa. These small, common butterflies are found throughout the Neotropics in open areas, but the species limits and identification are highly confused. We are using DNA barcoding and morphology to attempt to redefine taxa in the genus.

Geoff Gallice, UF
Geoff is continuing with his PhD in the Entomology and Nematology Department. He is gathering data on abundance and range size for multiple groups of neotropical butterflies from diverse regions, to test the generality of his findings from his Masters research.

Pablo Sebastián Padrón, UF
Sebastián returned to UF in Spring 2011 to begin his PhD. He is working on molecular systematics and biogeography of Catasticta, a particularly diverse, endemic radiation of montane pierid butterflies.

Denise Tan, UF
Denise is working on a PhD in the Entomology and Nematology department, in systematics of Euptychiina butterflies.

María Fernanda Checa, UF
Fernanda returned to UF in Fall 2011 to begin her PhD. She is examining seasonality in three west Ecuadorian forest butterfly communities across multiple microhabitats.



Geoff Gallice, MSc, UF, summer 2011.
Geoff studied the relationship between abundance and range size in Ecuadorian Ithomiini butterflies.
Elena Ortíz, MSc, UF, summer 2011.
Elena's research examined the generic classification and species limits in the charaxine tribe Preponini.
Pablo Sebastián Padrón, MSc, UF, summer 2010.
Sebastián's MSc thesis focused on the systematics, evolution and biogeography of high elevation Andean satyrines, particularly the genera Altopedaliodes and Neopedaliodes.
María Fernanda Checa, MSc, UF, summer 2010.
Fernanda completed her thesis on spatial and temporal patterns in abundance and composition of an Ecuadorian dry forest butterfy community.


Lei Xiao, 2010-. Lei was so indispensable as a molecular lab volunteer she is now lab manager.
Derick Crespo, University of Puerto Rico, 2012. Visiting REU scholar working on systematics of Tegosa.
Luisa Lima e Mota, UNICAMP, 2011. Visiting scholar working on morphology and phylogeny of Pteronymia.
Noel Cawley, 2010. Georeferencing of specimen localities from Venezuela.
Craig Segebarth, 2010. Spreading of Ecuadorian specimens and curation of the Ulf Eitschberger collection.
Natasha Wright, 2009-2010. Curation of the Ulf Eitschberger collection.
Lindsay Segawa, 2010. Databasing neotropical Pieridae.
Nina Zagvazdina, 2009-2010. Curating neotropical nymphalid genus Actinote, and assisting with curation of Ulf Eitschberger collection.
Jackie Tseng, 2009. Curating neotropical papilionid genus Heraclides.
Ellen Walker, 2009. Databasing and curating Catasticta and Leptophobia.
Neil Rosser, 2009. Curating and databasing Heliconius and related genera to look at geographical patterns of speciation. Neil is a PhD student at University College London (UCL).
Lauren Johnston, 2008. Curating and databasing neotropical Papilionidae.
Judi Muscle, 2008. Databasing specimen data from papered Ecuadorian butterflies collected over the last couple of years.
Stephanie Borrios, 2008. Databasing of specimen records for Dismorphiinae.
Morgan Edwards, 2008. Ecological niche modelling for Andean butterflies to assess IUCN threat status.
Glaucia Marconato, Universidade de Sao Paulo, 2007. Visiting scholar conducting research on a phylogeny of the Charaxinae based on morphological characters.
Sam Landrian, UF, 2007. Databasing specimen locality information for Heliconius butterflies from the donated collection of Walter Neukirchen.
Isis Jaimez, 2007. Curation Pronophilina, a diverse and complex group of montane neotropical satyrines.
Kevin Carty, UF, 2006. Databasing of literature records for Biblidinae and curation of Ithomiinae.
Lyndall Brezina, UF, 2006. Databasing of Ithomiinae specimens.
Shelly Flanagin, UF, 2006-2007. Curation of Papilionidae, databasing literature records.
Jimmy Nguyen, UF, ZOO 4905 Individual Studies. Curation and databasing of Dismorphia, Scada and Aeria, and study of relative abundance of putative mimics and models in a classic Batesian mimicry system.
Ian Segebarth, 2006-2007. Curation, identification and databasing of Ecuadorian butterflies.