Dr. Keith Willmott

Keith Willmott profile, EcuadorAssociate Curator of Lepidoptera
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity
Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

B.S. Cambridge University
Ph.D. University of Florida, 1999

I work on Neotropical butterfly systematics in the broadest sense of the word – my interests and those of my collaborators and students are in studying butterfly diversity, understanding its spatial and temporal patterns, investigating the evolution and maintenance of diversity, and applying results to biodiversity conservation. Our research includes field work throughout the Neotropics with a focus on the tropical Andes, involving rapid inventories to efficiently gather distribution data, in addition to more in-depth ecological studies at individual sites. In the lab we use morphology and molecular data to address species-level taxonomy as well as infer phylogenies, and investigate the tempo and mode of diversification.


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