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The Lives of Lepidopterists

Editors: Dyer, Lee A., Forister, Matthew L. (Eds.)

  • ​Offers exciting, beautifully written vignettes of life in the field and exciting discoveries by leading lepidopterists
  • Brings the reading public in touch with the actual lives of scientists
  • Line drawings of butterflies, moths, landscapes, and people give this volume the feel of a field notebook  
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About this book

Inchworms, tiger moths, underwings, owlet moths, silkworms,sphinx moths, grass moths, and butterflies. Collectively, these and many others are the Lepidoptera, one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet.

Lepidoptera can be found in the highest tropical canopies,the driest deserts, and at the leading edge of science. The adults include some of the most beautiful insects that have inspired artists and have sailed through the dreams of human cultures for millennia. The immature stages (“caterpillars”), like the underwing depicted on the cover, link together vital processes in diverse terrestrial ecosystems that are only barely documented let alone understood.

The people that study these animals are lepidopterists, and the goal of this book is to introduce them with their own words. In twenty chapters, lepidopterists tell their stories, and these tales mirror the diversity of nature in their range and depth. You will find individuals that wrestle with the challenges of scientific careers, stories of far flung travel sand close calls, and historical perspectives on recent decades of scientific break throughs.

About the authors

Lee. A. Dyer is an ecologist who has worked with Lepidoptera—focusing on immature stages—in tropical and temperate ecosystems for the past few decades. He received a BSc in biochemistry and a BA in english from the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara and then spent 6 years traveling, rock climbing, writing poetry, and working on environmental issues before deciding to go to graduate school. His PhD research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, examined chemically mediated interactions between plants, herbivores, and their natural enemies and included work in Costa Rica, Colorado, and California. Lee spends his free time looking for caterpillars, hanging out with his family, rock climbing, listening to music, drinking red wine, writing poetry, and reading books.
Matthew L. Forister is an evolutionary ecologist in the Biology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received a BA in English writing from the University of San Francisco, spent 2 years with the Peace Corps in Ukraine, and then earned a PhD in ecology from UC Davis. He studies herbivory, diversity, and hybridization, and has worked with different plants, animals, and fungi across temperate and tropical ecosytems, but particularly loves the blues, coppers, and hairstreaks (family Lycaenidae) and their humble but fascinating caterpillars and the ants that keep them safe. When not chasing butterflies, he favors old novels, the mountains of the Great Basin, and hanging out on the porch with his family, Beth and Catalina.

Reviews

“The book is peppered with intriguing scientific facts that effectively balance its emphasis on field anecdotes and natural history. … the lives of lepidopterists clearly mirror the diversity of their study organisms. This book documents the history and experiences of these influential people and the lepidopterists who came before them. Each of them is driven by a deep affection and sense of wonder that is nourished by butterflies and moths, and these experiences can inspire us all.” (Trond H. Larsen, American Entomologist, Vol. 63 (1), Spring, 2017)

“The editors have done an excellent job in compiling a fascinating and eminently readable volume of lasting interest in the history of interest in Lepidoptera, and in cajoling authors to reveal their thoughts and enthusiasms, together with the highlights (and occasional lowlights) of their experiences, to comprise a unique and intriguing set of insights into the maturation of knowledge of butterflies and moths. The book is excellently produced, illuminated with numerous illustrations, many in colour, and with a functional index.” (Tim R. New, Journal of Insect Conservation, Vol. 20, 2016)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • From Caterpillars to Chemistry

    Bowers, M. Deane

    Pages 3-9

  • A Reflection on the Career: Following a Path to Moths and Butterflies

    Barbosa, Pedro

    Pages 11-16

  • Follow the Breadcrumb Trail

    Penz, Carla M.

    Pages 17-28

  • Contingency

    Shapiro, Art

    Pages 31-40

  • Pursued by Adrenalin, in Pursuit of Dopamine

    Ballmer, Greg

    Pages 41-48

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-20457-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-20456-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Lives of Lepidopterists
Editors
  • Lee A. Dyer
  • Matthew L. Forister
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-20457-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-20457-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-20456-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 273
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations, 98 illustrations in colour
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