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.
Systematics, ecology and biogeography of the butterflies of one of the world’s three most diverse countries.
Phylogenetic analysis, taxonomic monographs and biogeography of this diverse group of lowland Neotropical forest and savannah satyrines.
Phylogenetic analysis, taxonomic monographs and field studies of a fascinating group of Neotropical butterflies.
Quantifying the strength of biotic interactions in Adelpha communities in the USA and the Neotropics.
Checa, M. F., Nogales, S., Salazar, P. A., Bustos, L., Ojeda, V., Bustos, A., Willmott, K. R. 2022. Implementing a novel approach to long-term monitoring of butterfly communities in the Neotropics. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 2022: 1-13. DOI: 10.1111/icad.12567 (online 2 February 2022).
Nakahara, S., Rodríguez-Melgarejo, M., Kleckner, K., Espeland, M., Casagrande, M. M., See, J., Gallice, G., Corahua, T., Barbosa, E. P., Lamas, G., Willmott, K. R. 2022. Systematic revision of a new butterfly genus, Cisandina Nakahara & Espeland, n. gen., with descriptions of three new taxa (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). Insect Systematics and Diversity, 6(1): 2; 1-30. DOI: 10.1093/isd/ixab028 (online 6 January 2022).
Doré, M., Willmott, K. R., Leroy, B., Chazot, N., Mallet, J., Freitas, A. V. L., Hall, J. P. W., Lamas, G., Dasmahapatra, K. K., Fontaine, C., Elias, M. 2021. Anthropogenic pressures coincide with Neotropical biodiversity hotspots in a flagship butterfly group. Diversity and Distributions 1-19. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13455 (online 9 December 2021).
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