Keith Willmott

Field work, Ecuador 2013

Field work, Ecuador 2013, with Julia and Jamie Robinson Willmott.

Associate Curator of Lepidoptera
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity

Florida Museum of Natural History
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

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.

Butterflies of Ecuador
Butterflies of Ecuador
Systematics, ecology and biogeography of the butterflies of one of the world’s three most diverse countries.
Systematics and evolution of Euptychiina
Systematics and evolution of Euptychiina
Phylogenetic analysis, taxonomic monographs and biogeography of this diverse group of lowland Neotropical forest and savannah satyrines.
Systematics and evolution of Ithomiini
Systematics and evolution of Ithomiini
Phylogenetic analysis, taxonomic monographs and field studies of a fascinating group of neotropical butterflies.
Tropical Andean Butterfly Diversity Project
Tropical Andean Butterfly Diversity Project
Training, databasing and setting priorities for tropical Andean butterfly research and conservation.
Biotic interactions and latitudinal gradients in Adelpha
Quantifying the strength of biotic interactions in Adelpha communities in the USA and the Neotropics.



Recent publications

Chazot, N., De Silva, D. L., Willmott, K. R., Freitas, A. V. L., Lamas, G., Mallet, J., Giraldo, C. E., Uribe, S., Elias, M. 2018. Contrasting patterns of Andean diversification among three diverse clades of Neotropical clearwing butterflies. Ecology and Evolution, 2017; 1-18.

Ortiz-Acevedo, E., Bonfantti, D., Casagrande, M., Mielke, O. H. H., Espeland, M., Willmott, K. R. 2017. Using molecules and morphology to unravel the systematics of Neotropical preponine butterflies (Lepidoptera: Charaxinae: Preponini). Insect Systematics and Diversity, 1: 48-56.

Nakahara, S., Zacca, T., Huertas, B., Neild, A. F. E., Hall, J. P. W., Lamas, G., Holian, L. A., Espeland, M., Willmott, K. R. 2017. Remarkable sexual dimorphism, rarity and cryptic species: a revision of the ‘aegrota species group’ of the Neotropical butterfly genus CaeruleuptychiaInsect Systematics and Evolution, 1-53


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