The intriguing world of butterfly biology: novel approaches and many surprises
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Who this event is for
John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus
Professor Tim Shreeve will explore why different species of
butterflies have alternative responses to environmental change.
Butterflies are important indicators of environmental change
and their status in the UK and Europe is changing rapidly.
Tim’s research encompasses thermoregulation, behaviour,
wing colouration, microhabitat use and phylogenetics. This
has led to new ways of understanding butterflies responses
to land use and climate changes. Whilst this aids their
conservation - the more that is learnt, the more unanswered
Tim will also address intriguing questions about the identity
of the species populations we are trying to conserve. He will
draw on current work identifying separate ‘evolutionary units’
using DNA barcoding - revealing that the identification and
preservation of biodiversity is a complex issue that cannot
be dealt with by treating species as single units.