New York's Amazing Caterpillars
David L. Wagner, Ph.D.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Where: Linder Theater, AMNH, enter West 77th Street entrance
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
This will be a wide ranging and engaging look at some the Empire State's most interesting creatures. Wagner's presentation will touch on caterpillar taxonomy, behavior, chemical ecology, and evolution. The talk will include a rich set of Wagner's excellent macrophotographic images of North American species. Dave has also offered to bring (and sign) copies of his 2005 Princeton Guide to caterpillars of Eastern North America.
Dr. Wagner's work focuses on the biosystematics of Lepidoptera and invertebrate conservation. While his taxonomic expertise is with basal lineages of moths, especially ghost moths (Hepialidae) and leafminers (e.g., Tischeriidae and Gracillariidae), Dave's research interests extend across the order Lepidoptera including various smaller efforts on other microlepidopterans. He has published more than two dozen papers and books on the immature stages of Lepidoptera. Most center on taxonomy, and several address matters of larval ecology and behavior. His interests also include using caterpillars to study tri-trophic interactions, specialist-generalist diversity gradients, and larval polyphenism. Many of his recent efforts (including three books) have been treatments of the immature stages of Lepidoptera. Recent projects relating to invertebrate conservation have examined the importance of early successional habitats to invertebrates, pollinator decline, invasive species impacts, and climate-change threats. On-going research projects include pollinator faunistics and decline, species niche modeling, the role of introduced parasitoids in the decline of native Lepidoptera, and assessing effects of introduced plants on imperiled butterflies.
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