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By Luca Livraghi

We will be presenting bi-weekly Zoom seminars featuring Lepidoptera researchers. Please contact Joana Meier (, Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich ( or Luca Livraghi ( if you would like to be added to the email list for the talk announcements.

Talks start at 10AM Panama time (4PM UK Time) unless noted otherwise.

11 May 2020Luca Livraghi (U Cambridge, UK)The gene cortex controls scale colour identity in Heliconius

25 May 2020
Joe Hanly (George Washington U, USA)Investigation of wing pattern mutants in a domesticated population of Heliconius melpomene

8 June 2020
Kelsey Byers (U Cambridge, UK)QTL for potential wing and genital pheromone compounds show clustering across the genome
June 22, 2020Chris Kozak (STRI)Population genomics of large mimetic radiations

July 6th, 2020Melanie Brien (U Sheffield / U Cambridge) The genetics and evolution of structural colour in Heliconius butterflies
July 20th, 2020Nate Edelman (Harvard, US) The molecular basis of hybrid female sterility in Heliconius pardalinus subspecies
August 3rd, 2020Nicol Rueda (Un del Rosario, Colombia)Importance of environmental variables in the distribution and natural hybridization of Heliconius butterflies.
September 7th, 2020Wyatt Toure (McGill U, USA / STRI, Panama)Heliconiini butterflies can learn time-dependent reward associations.
September 21st, 2020Erika Pinheiro-de-
Castro (U. Cambridge, UK)
Phenotypic plasticity in chemical defence allows butterflies to diversify host use strategies
October 5th, 2020Matteo Rossi (LMU, Munich)Genetics of visual mate preference in Heliconius butterflies
October 19th, 2020Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich (U. Cambridge, UK)Local adaptation in Heliconius butterflies (beyond mimicry)
November 2nd, 2020Alexander Hausmann (LMU, Munich)Heliconius mating behaviours affected by light environment during early stages of divergence
November 16th, 2020Francesco Cicconardi (U. Bristol)A Flock of Genomes: New and revised genomic resources for 58 species of Heliconiini
November 30th, 2020Lucie Quest (U York, UK / LMU, Munich, Germany)Flight and wing shape in the Heliconiini
December 14th, 2020James Lewis (U Cornell, US)Adaptive diversification of red wing color patterns in Heliconius erato
January 25th, 2021Camille Le Roy (Institute of Systematic, Evolution and Biodiversity, France)Convergent morphology and divergent phenology: unravelling the coexistence of mimetic Morpho butterfly species
February 8th, 2021Paul Jay (CNRS, Montpellier, France)The evolution of supergenes: insight from mimicry polymorphism in Heliconius numata
February 22nd, 2021Kathy Darragh (U Davis, USA)Pheromones in Heliconius butterflies: Chemical ecology, genetics and behaviour
March 8th, 2021Steven van Belleghem (U Puerto Rico)Selection and isolation define a heterogeneous divergence landscape between hybridizing Heliconius butterflies
March 22nd, 2021Simon Martin (U Edinburgh, UK)Formation, reformation and deformation of structural barriers to gene flow in Danaus butterflies
April 19th, 2021 Joe Hanly (George Washington U, USA)Speciation genomics in North American Colias butterflies
May 10th, 2021Stephen Montgomery (U Bristol, UK)Mushroom body expansion in Heliconius butterflies
May 17th, 2021Brian Counterman (Auburn University, USA)Genetics of sexually dimorphic UV on Dogface wings
June 7th, 2021Kay Lucek (U Basel, Switzerland)When species meet again – secondary contact zones of Erebia butterflies
June 14th, 2021Mahul Chakraborty
(UC Irvine, USA)
The big and the small of it: Comparing complete, diploid assemblies of vulnerable and common butterfly species exhibiting dramatic genome size variation
June 28th, 2021Yuttapong Thawornwattana (Harvard U, USA)Full likelihood analysis of divergence and introgression in the erato-sara group of Heliconius
July 12th, 2021Erica Westerman
(U of Arkansas, USA)
Mechanisms underlying behavioral variation in Heliconius and Bicyclus butterflies
Sept 20th, 2021Anniina Mattila (U Helsinki, Finland)Dissecting the ecological, evolutionary, life-history and molecular influencers of cyanogenic chemical defense variation in Heliconius erato
Oct 18th, 2021Erika Páez (CNRS, Paris, France)Hard to catch: experimental evidence supports evasive mimicry
Nov 1st, 2021 Stefan Schulz (TU Braunschweiz, Germany)The scent chemistry of Heliconius
Nov 15th, 2021Charlotte Wright (Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK)The evolution of chromosome structure in Lepidoptera
Dec 13th, 2021Nicolas Chazot (University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)Historical biogeography from a supertree of Nymphalidae butterflies and a macroevolutionary perspective on the evolution of mimicry in the tribe Ithomiini.
Jan 10th, 2022Niklas Wahlberg (Lund University, Sweden)Lepidoptera phylogenomics and the uses of museomics
Jan 24th, 2022Wendy Valencia-Montoya (Harvard University, US)Evolutionary trade-offs between male secondary sexual traits revealed by a phylogeny of the hyperdiverse tribe Eumaeini (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
Feb 7th, 2022Rishi De-Kayne (University of Edinburgh, UK)TBA
Feb 21st, 2022Johanna Mappes (U Helsinki, Finland)The ecology of complex polymorphism
March 7th, 2022Swanne P Gordon (Washington University in St. Louis, US)Examining the maintenance of polymorphism in aposematism: lessons from a ‘non-model’ model system
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