[Leps-l] The Xerces Society Announces the 2017 Joan Mosenthal DeWind Award Winners

Bob Parsons vintagebob2 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 29 19:27:08 EDT 2017

Good to see a project from AB recognised.

Bob P Edmonton Nature Club

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 2:57 PM, Candace Fallon <candace.fallon at xerces.org>

> The Xerces Society is excited to announce the two winners of the 2017 Joan
> Mosenthal DeWind Awards. From among the exceptional applications we
> received, the following two students were selected:
> *Zhengyang Wang – Harvard University*
> Butterfly telemetry in mountainous terrain: a novel method to track and
> estimate population sizes for the Golden Birdwing (*Troides aesacus*) on
> Mt. Gongga in Garze Tibetan Prefecture
> Butterfly movement in mountainous terrain is difficult to study. This
> study will develop methods to track montane butterflies using *Troides
> aeacus* on the foothills (c 8,000 ft.) of Mt. Gongga (c 24,790 ft.) as a
> model system. The study has two aims: (1) to use 0.2 gram transmitters
> placed on the upper abdomen of individuals of *T. aeacus* to estimate
> movement parameters using an insect telemetry system, and (2) to develop
> object-oriented Monte Carlo simulations using telemetry obtained parameters
> to estimate *T. aeacus* population size. This telemetry system allows
> researchers to monitor individual butterflies at fine-tuned spatial and
> temporal scales and has the potential to provide more accurate population
> estimates for conservation management.
> *Federico Riva – University of Alberta, Canada*
> Modeling the distribution of *Plebejus optilete* ssp. *yukona* in
> Alberta’s boreal forest
> Information on the North American populations of *Plebejus optilete *ssp.
> *yukona *(Holland, 1900) is scarce. In Alberta, less than 20 populations
> are known. Here, in situ oil sands deposits and extraction cover more than
> 142,000 km2 of boreal forests, including areas potentially suitable to this
> species. Following research conducted on *P. optilete *in 2015 and 2016,
> this study will test a species distribution model for the species using
> natural and anthropogenic factors. This will be used to assess its
> distribution at regional scales and the rarity status in Alberta, revealing
> if conservation efforts are needed to preserve the species.
> The DeWind committee and the board and staff of the Society congratulate
> Zhengyang and Federico and thank all the applicants for their outstanding
> efforts in invertebrate conservation.
> The DeWind Awards are given to individuals engaged in studies or research
> leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera research and
> conservation, and working or intending to work in that field. Joan
> Mosenthal DeWind was a pioneering member of the Xerces Society. A
> psychiatric social worker by profession, she was also an avid butterfly
> gardener and an accomplished amateur lepidopterist. Her contributions of
> time, organizational expertise, and financial support were essential to the
> growth and success of the Xerces Society over the past 40 years. Joan also
> had a keen interest in young people, supporting what became the Young
> Entomologists’ Society. In Joan’s memory, Bill DeWind established a student
> research endowment fund in her name.
> For more information on the DeWind Awards and previous winners, visit
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