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Butterflies and Biodiversity

December 11, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


The Challenges and Opportunities

A Linnean Society lunchtime lecture by Dr Blanca Huertas FLS

Butterflies are charismatic insects that engage public interest, hence they are used as a flagship for conservation in many developed nations. However, even in butterfly species-rich areas their full potential has not been quantified due to scarce information and resources available. Whilst most funding programmes prioritise innovative research to mitigate threats for humans and the planet, research to fill knowledge gaps in core disciplines remains undervalued and underfunded. Likewise, building capacity to study biological diversity is also often belittled. Using butterflies, we will present practical examples of the challenges but also opportunities when studying biological diversity in hyper diverse areas.

Dr Blanca Huertas FLS is Senior Curator of Lepidoptera at the Natural History Museum, London. Blanca gained her MSc and PhD from Imperial College. She has worked as a coordinator for the Tropical Andean Butterfly Project (Darwin Initiative, UCL), and is a member of the Steering Committee of the IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group and the North American Butterflies Association Scientific Names Committee (NABA).

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith, who was its first President. The Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. These unique collections are of continuing fundamental importance as a primary reference for taxonomy. They are enhanced by the Society’s own rich library which provides key resources for research.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Doors open at 12.15.

Tea served in the Library following the event.

Following the lecture a monthly Treasures Tour takes place, for which a separate registration is required.

Further information and registration form on the Linnean Society website


December 11, 2019
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


Linnean Society of London


Linnean Society of London
Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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