Geoffrey Gallice

Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Earth's animals are tropical insects, almost nothing is known about even their basic biology. As a graduate student at the University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department and the Florida Museum of Natural History, I am studying large-scale patterns in abundance and distribution for the first time in a mega-diverse Neotropical insect group, butterflies of the family Nymphalidae. Some of these butterflies are potentially threatened by habitat loss in the tropical Andean 'biodiversity hotspot' region, and my research will also contribute to a better understanding of the threat status of individual species, while simultaneously promoting knowledge of the dynamics of rarity and extinction. Please see my research page for more information on these topics, and follow me in the field via my BLOG!