Fwd: Admirals...other than Red!
Sean Patrick Mullen
spm23 at cornell.edu
Thu May 17 23:11:27 EDT 2001
Well, I must say that I've enjoyed the lively discussion on this
list over the last month or so! Now that things have settled down a
bit for me...I got married on April 14th!....I thought I would send
an update and a repeat of my original request for butterfly samples -
see my original posting below.
I've recently created a website that outlines the two research
projects I'm working on and contains details about collecting and
Response was good to my first posting (below)...thank you to all of
those who have expressed interest!..but I'm hoping that the website
and this reminder will stimulate some more interest.
I would be grateful if the members of this list could forward my
request to other potentially interested parties. Finally, I would
really appreciate any advice/suggestions about collecting these
species in particular; If each of you was going to do a project like
this, how would you go about it?
Thanks for listening and I hope to see a flood of interested replies
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I'm a graduate student at Cornell University and I'm working on
hybridization and reproductive isolation in North American Admiral
butterflies (Limenitis) for my dissertation.
At the moment, I am working on a population-level survey of
mitochondrial DNA diversity in both the Viceroy (L. archippus) and
the White Admiral/Red-Spotted Purple (L. arthemis arthemis/L.
As many of you know, these two species have very large geographic
ranges...far larger than I can personally sample. As a general
request, I would like to ask for voluntary donations of these two
species from as many geographic portions of their ranges as possible.
Ideal specimens will be preserved in ethanol or shipped cold.
I have upstate New York covered *smile* and I'm going to do some
collecting on the east coast this Spring. Therefore, specimens from
the western populations will be particularly valuable to me....BUT
I'd be glad for samples from the eastern US as well.
I apologize for the informality of this posting but it seemed to be
the best way to reach a broad audience. If anyone is interested in
helping out, I encourage them to contact me personally at
spm23 at cornell.edu. All participants will be duly recognized in the
acknowledgements of all publications for which there tissues are
used. Thank you all for your time.
Sean P. Mullen
Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Corson Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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