Despite the COVID pandemic, the research staff and graduate students at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity were able to write up past research and to conduct other meaningful scientific exchanges of information.
This unusual time in history, resulted in some very cool studies finally seeing the light of day, as well as fantastic presentations, which are part of the McGuire Center’s “Expanding Horizons in Lepidoptera Research” webinar series.
Below are links to some of the Florida Museum Science Stories and recorded talks from that era:
Lepidoptera-related Museum Science Stories, 2020-2021 academic year:
Speakers: Krushnamegh Kunte research group, National Center for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru, India. “Evolution and Developmental Genetics of Mimicry in Butterflies.” Click here to watch the Zoom recording.
Speaker: Fabien Condamine, Institut des Sciences de l’ Evolution de Montpelier, France. “Genome-wide macroevolutionary signatures of key innovations in butterflies colonizing new host plants.” Zoom recording
Speaker: Jeffrey Marcus and Melanie Lalonde, Institution: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. “The Chronicles of Junonia: Evolutionary travels in space and time in an emerging butterfly model system.” Zoom recording
Speakers: Andre Freitas, Karina L. Silva-Brandão, Eduardo P. Barbosa, Mario A. M. Uribe, Patricia E. Gueratto, Luísa L. Mota, and Simeão S. Moraes, Institution: Universidade de Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. “LABBOR: The Lepidoptera Lab at the University of Campinas, Brazil.” Zoom recording
Speaker: Adriana Briscoe,“School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine. “Sizing up the small and the large: Reference genomes for butterflies on the extreme ends of genome size.” Zoom recording
Speaker: Callum Macgregor, Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull, Kingston-upon-Hull, UK. “What can butterflies and moths teach us about conserving nature on a warming planet?” Zoom recording