Conservation Icons: Dr. Arthur M. Shapiro, butterflies
Delve into the beautiful and fascinating world of butterflies! On April 14 at 6 p.m., Dr. Arthur Shapiro, professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, will share his more than 34 years of research on butterflies. Shapiro has regularly monitored butterfly population trends on a transect across central California. Ranging from the Sacramento River delta, through the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada mountains, to the high desert of the western Great Basin, fixed routes at ten sites have been surveyed at approximately two-week intervals since as early as 1972.
Dr. Shapiro has logged more than 5476 site-visits and tallied approximately 83,000 individual records of 159 butterfly species and subspecies! This major effort is continuing and represents the world’s largest data-set of intensive site-specific data on butterfly populations collected by one person! Read his 2003 co-authored research paper, “Exotics as host plants of the California butterfly fauna” (Biological Conservation, 110:413-433).
Shapiro is one of nine awe-inspiring speakers that are part of the 2017-18 Conservation Icons series that aims to educate, entertain and inspire change!
- Saturday, April 14, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm