People

Paul Allen was the leader of the Avian Knowledge Network at the Cornell Lab, a project that offers access to multiple large-scale bird data sets. Paul is an advisor on our project and brings years of experience on how to develop data systems for management and access for citizen-science data.

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Sonia has been studying monarchs for 15 years, and has been focusing much of her time on studying the interactions between the parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE) and their host, monarch butterflies. She is the leader of the MonarchHealth program, and she is one of the founding members of MonarchNet.

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Gina leads the Peninsula Point Monarch Monitoring Project.

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Greg is a researcher who has worked extensively on both movement and climate ecology. He has used the Massachussets data to do an extensive analysis on the impacts of climate on the butterfly community. Greg used data extracted from the Massachussets list-serve, another potential wide-spread data source. He is currently a postdoc at the University of Alberta and was previously a postdoc at Harvard.

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Nathan is the coordinator of the Iowa Butterfly Monitoring Network. He is also working with a team of student developers at Iowa State University who developed an app to record butterfly data for surveys with either strict or casual protocols. Below is a link to a video describing how this developing product works.

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Jutta co-manages the science and stewardship team of IRC. She started the butterfly monitoring project at Limestone Canyon in 2011, but her expertise is in invasive species control, developing local genetically representative native seed for restoration, and using passive restoration to improve habitat. She also leads the volunteer land stewardship program, which assists with restoration and invasive species control.

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Astrid Caldas is an ecologist has worked with Lepidoptera for most of her life. After a successful academic career, she brought her lifelong love of leps to her new field of work in climate change and conservation policy. She is currently a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, and she hopes to use her experience to bring awareness of climate adaptation and conservation issues to policy makers and the general public.

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Jaret is the Assistant Director for Research of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and IFAS Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He coordinates the Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network and is on our steering committee.

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Jeff is the president of the North American Butterfly Association, which he formed in 1992. Jeff has written several guide books for North American butterflies, including starting the "through binoculars" series that has revolutionized the way people learn about and experience butterflies and other insects in nature.

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Journey North's Founder and Director, Elizabeth Howard, coordinates the program from Vermont. Her office sits on a hillside overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Journey North was founded in 1994. Inspired by the early Internet-based projects in which school children tracked human expeditions (e.g. across the Arctic by dogsled or Africa by bicycle), she saw a clear and exciting parallel between these expeditions and the wildlife migrations that cross the globe with the seasons. She now runs the website, which uses citizen scientists to track the movement of many migratory species and other seasonal phenomenon across North America. She has also been deeply engaged in the analysis of Journey North data, publishing several analyses on the movement patterns of monarchs.

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  • Data producer, Data user, Informatics-data mgt/web
Kelly has been the project coordinator for Butterflies and Moths of North America since 2006. She and Thomas Naberhaus designed the database, user interface, and website.

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Alan Macnaughton is vice-president of the Toronto Entomologists’ Association and leader of their Ontario Butterfly Atlas project. In 2012, he received the Criddle Award from the Entomological Society of Canada for outstanding work as amateur entomologist. All of his insect work is purely as a hobby – he is a professor of accounting at the University of Waterloo.

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Steve is the Curator of Education and Citizen Science Coordinator at Knoxville Zoo. He is working to set up a new butterfly monitoring network in Tennessee - and perhaps coordinate with groups in the Carolinas for a larger monitoring network in the Southeast. Steve is also coordinating our effort to catalog and standardize our protocols, develop materials for new programs, and is a member of our steering committee.

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Sarah Moore is the Life Sciences Manager at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. Sarah is exploring the possibility of setting up a new butterfly monitoring network in the Pacific Northwest.

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Lea Morgan is curator of invertebrates and manager the Butterfly Garden at The Museum of Science in Boston. Lea is launching a new butterfly monitoring program that will focus on the New England. The first routes will be monitored in 2014 in the Boston area and New Hampshire.

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Gail is Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, a Citizen Science project based in Arizona. She has been studying monarchs since 2006.

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Thomas is the technology coordinator for Butterflies and Moths of North America. He is also on our steering committee and is developing the new data entry portal system for the regional Pollard programs that are part of this network.

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Karen has been studying monarchs since 1984. She is an Associate Professor of Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at University of Minnesota. She is the director of the Monarch Lab which runs the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project and also Monarchs in the Classroom. She is also a founding member of MonarchNet and on the steering committee of our network.

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Jeff is the director of the MPG Ranch Butterfly Monitoring Program. He’s a former faculty member at Duke University where he conducted research on forest ecology and climate change; taught courses in ecology, forestry, and wildlife surveys; and coordinated and conducted bird, herp, and butterfly surveys in the Duke Forest and across North Carolina.

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Leslie is the Project Director of the North American Butterfly Monitoring Network. Leslie's background is in butterfly ecology and her interests are in using butterfly data to understand how ecological communities respond to climate and land-use change. Leslie's quest to start using butterfly data from monitoring programs in large-scale analyses is how she started coordinating efforts between the different groups.

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Regina is a botanist with the National Park Service. She launched the Cascades Butterfly Project in 2011 based on a 15-year butterfly monitoring effort that had been done at the Rocky Mountain National Park. Regina acts as our liaison to the National Park Service and together we hope to expand butterfly monitoring within the parks.

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Rick is one of the founders of the Ohio monitoring program. He developed the database used to manage the Ohio Lepidopterists data.

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Jane is the vice-president of the North American Butterfly Association, which coordinates the Butterfly Count Program.

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Matt is one of the founders of RedShift Technologies, a data systems development shop in New York. RedShift has already done much of the development for NABA's various data programs and will be the key developer for our project to build a tool for sharing and visualizing NABA's count data.

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Carrie studied plant-animal interactions during her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Now that she is based in Washington, D.C., she is a research associate at the University of Maryland College Park. She works with NAB-NET to be sure all of the species lists are accurate for the different monitoring programs, helps out with other digital infrastructure needs, and works on butterfly niche modeling using monitoring data.

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  • Data user, Informatics-data mgt/web
Art Shapiro has been monitoring butterfly populations across central California for more than 35 years. His is the longest-running butterfly monitoring program in existence and the only one where ALL of the surveys have been done by the same person. This is especially astounding considering that Arthur doesn't own a car.

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Jim is in charge of data management at NABA.

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Sharon was one of the lead coordinators of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. She also maintains the Butterflies of Massachusetts website where she compiles reports from list-serves and field trips in Massachusetts.

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Doug is the lead of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network and is also the national coordinator of the transect-based "Pollard" programs that are part of this network. Doug has been instrumental in helping many of the new transect programs get off the ground and is on our steering committee.

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Tyson is a graduate student in Nick Haddad's lab. His focus is on using mechanistic data to understand large-scale patterns. His approach is to collect field data in conjunction with volunteers in the Ohio Lepidopterist monitoring network, and then combine those data with the large-scale monitoring data that are collected. He is currently focused on understanding how climate impacts butterfly physiology and, as a result, population dynamics.

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Ashley is a biologist who has been studying butterflies for 10 years. Since 2013, she has been directing Michigan Butterfly Network which is based at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

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Jerome is currently the lead organizer of the Ohio Lepidopterists Butterfly Monitoring Network. This is the second oldest pollard-based network in North America.

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Karen is our roving link to the European Butterfly Volunteer Network. She was one of the lead coordinators for the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network. Working with Doug, she also launched the Michigan Butterfly Network which is now managed by Mikaela Howie. Karen will soon be leaving the US to work with the monitoring networks in the UK. There, she will help strengthen the growing ties between the European and North American networks.

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