On the heels of a legal petition seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, world-renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower will give a public lecture at Emory & Henry College Sept 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Wiley Auditorium.
Brower’s visit to Emory falls only weeks after he and several conservation and citizen organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the protection. His lecture, “The Grand Saga of the Monarch Butterfly,” will outline the life cycles of monarch butterflies and summarize his more than 60 years of field and lab exploration in the United States and Mexico. He will also discuss the conservation issues that threaten the butterflies. Award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver — who consulted with Brower for her most recent novel Flight Behavior — will introduce the visiting biologist to the audience.
Much of what is taught about monarchs in biology classes and nature documentaries worldwide has come from Brower’s research. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, edited two books, and written and produced eight films on monarch butterflies. He began visiting the butterflies' wintering grounds in the high mountains of central Mexico at the time of their discovery in the 1970s, and has continued his work there for more than fifty expeditions. On his very first expedition, he realized that the butterflies were threatened by logging in their winter roost areas. In the last 20 years, monarch populations in the United States and Mexico have declined by more than 90 percent, and are threatened with extinction.
Lincoln Brower is Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology, Emeritus at the University of Florida. He received his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Yale, and taught at Amherst College for 22 years before moving to the University of Florida. He is currently Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College.
The lecture is free to the public, and is part of a series of lectures and events celebrating international month at Emory & Henry. Curious naturalists and conservationists of all ages and backgrounds are invited.