The next Maryland Entomological Society meeting will be held on Friday, May 21st, 2010 at University of Maryland Baltimore County (campus is located in Catonsville, MD just southwest of the Baltimore beltway) and will host the following presentation:
Speaker: Mr. Peter Houlihan, BRINCC Expedition Research Assistant (Borneo)
Title: The Impacts of Tropical Peat Swamp Forest on Butterfly Species Richness and General Biodiversity
Meeting Location: University Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) campus, Bioscience Bldg. Room 004 (in basement).
Time: 8:00pm. (Lecture begins 8:15pm.)
(The UMBC campus is usually sparsely occupied on Friday evenings, so parking should not be a problem).
Mr. Houlihan’s interests involve ecological analysis of tropical rainforests, most notably focusing on Lepidoptera as indicators of biodiversity and species richness. Tonight he will be speaking about a project that he conducted last summer on Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), studying the effects of forest fragmentation on populations of fruit-feeding Nymphalids. While in Borneo, Peter was a research assistant on many other projects, including behavioral studies on orangutans and gibbons, camera trap studies monitoring cat populations, and forestry surveys. His presentation will include images from these studies as well. Peter will be continuing his studies in Borneo during the summer of 2011 as a team member studying entomology on the Busang [Borneo] River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities (BRINCC) expedition, which will be surveying the biodiversity of the island’s forests on an elevation gradient.
Additionally, his interests have also taken him to the Neotropics where he returned to Ecuador this past January to study the differences in soil respiration between young and old forest sites. This summer, Peter will be conducting a study through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on the phenotypic and genotypic variations of Nymphalids in biogeographically separate locations of Panama.