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Lecture by Dr. Paul De Luca at Rand Nature Centre

May 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lecture by Dr. Paul De Luca
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 6:30pm
Rand Nature Centre

About Dr. Paul De Luca:

Dr. Paul De Luca Received is D.Sc in Biology in 1995 and M.Sc in Zoology in 1997 from the University of Toronto. In 200, he joined the College of The Bahamas as a Lecturer in Biology. Upon completion of his contract in 2002, he began his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. He obtained his Ph. D in 2007 studying insect communication and then returned to the University of Toronto as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2009. In 2011, he returned to COB as an Assistant Professor and completed another two-year contract before relocating to Ithaca, NY in 2013 where he worked as a Lecturer at Ithaca College. In 2016 he returned to Nassau where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Bahamas.

About the Katydid:

In 2013, while conducting an insect biodiversity survey at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on Eleuthera, Dr. De Luca collected several specimens of a katydid that he could not identify. After showing pictures of the insect to another colleague, it was determined that these specimens were, in fact, an unsubscribed species. In 2014, more specimens were collected and examined by Dr. Glenn K. Morris, a katydid taxonomist, and specialist in New World Tettigoniidae. The specimens were identified as being extremely close to Erechthis gundlachi, a katydid known only from Cuba and Hispaniola. The new species was named E. levy in honor of Leon Levy, after whom the Preserve is named. Future research will involve mapping the full distribution of E. levy throughout The Bahamas, in order to reconstruct ancestral patterns of movement and dispersal of the genus throughout the Greater Antilles


Event Contact Information:
Ellsworth Weir or Lisa Wildgoose
352-5438 or email eweir@bnt.bs


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May 2, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm