The intriguing world of butterfly biology: novel approaches and many surprises

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OLS 17-18: The intriguing world of butterfly biology

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  • Everyone


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 questions emerge.


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.