Wednesday, May 11
Entomological Research and Discovery in a Biodiversity Hotspot: Understanding Threatened Montane Endemism in Hispaniola

John Rawlins, PhD
Curator and Head of Section of Invertebrate Zoology
Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Ford-Mateer Classroom, Lower Level near Portal Entry
Noon–1 p.m.


The Caribbean island of Hispaniola is comprised of two countries, Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti, and is a major part of the Caribbean Biodiversity Hotspot, a region of endemism now threatened with rapid environmental change. Since 1987 the non-marine invertebrate fauna and associated plants on Hispaniola have been sampled by NSF-funded expeditions involving Carnegie Museum, the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (Santo Domingo), the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, and other collaborators. Findings from this project have significance for research on systematics, evolution, ecology, and conservation biology, and are of critical importance for conservation decision-making in the Caribbean. This talk addresses the key components of a major biotic survey using examples from work at Carnegie Museum and from the expertise and efforts of over 200 cooperating specialists.

Related Publication:
Rawlins, J.E., and J.S. Miller. 2008. Dioptine moths of the Caribbean Region: description of two new genera with notes on their biology and biogeography (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae: Dioptinae). Annals of Carnegie Museum, 76(4):203-225.

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