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The origin and evolution of butterflies in tropical America

Presented by: Pável Matos-Maraví, Laboratory of Molecular Ecology and Phylogenetics, Biology Centre, CAS, Institute of Entomology, Branišovská, Czech Republic

Abstract: The Neotropics harbors a large proportion of global butterfly species diversity. In this talk, I will revisit hypotheses on the origin, diversification and biogeography of extant butterfly lineages, using phylogenetic and macroevolutionary methods. The evolutionary history of selected butterfly taxa reveals the complex and dynamic events that led to the astonishing extant diversity, including the roles of abiotic (rise of the Andes, geographic dispersal corridors) and biotic factors.

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Thomas C. Emmel Seminar Series presents: Expanding Horizons in Lepidoptera Research

Continuing from Fall 2020, the McGuire Center is hosting this webinar series as an opportunity for both early career researchers as well as established leaders in the field to present their work. We hope that you will join us to hear about current advances in many diverse fields of Lepidoptera research.