Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus, recently traveled to Billings, Mont., where he presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists’ Society.
In “How Many Butterfly Species on an Isolated Maine Island?” Williams discussed the butterfly population of Monhegan Island, a small, isolated island on which nearly 50 of Maine’s 118 butterfly species have been documented. Williams pointed out that changes to this butterfly fauna are taking place because of climate change and alterations in vegetation and land use.
Also at the meeting were Marian Lyman Kirst ’06 and Steve Nanz ’83. Kirst majored in environmental studies and is now an entomologist working with Northern Rockies Research & Educational Services, Inc., and their Montana Moth Project.
Nanz, an economics major at Hamilton, is the editor-in-chief of Moth Photographers Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “[making] available on the Internet photographs of a high percentage of the moths occurring in North America.”