Entomology

Wilson’s Long-fingered Bat, by Piotr Naskrecki

New bat species named for Edward O. Wilson

August 18, 2020
A new species of bat has been named in honor of Edward O. Wilson, Faculty Emeritus in the MCZ. Wilson’s Long-fingered Bat, Miniopterus wilsoni, is named in recognition of Prof. Wilson's support and facilitation of biodiversity research at Gorongosa National Park over the past decade. The new species is described in the journal Acta Chiropterologica.
Infrared photographs of butterflies, where brightness correlates with the capability of radiative cooling

Living portions of butterfly wings prevent overheating

January 31, 2020
A recent study from MCZ Faculty-Curator of Lepidoptera, Naomi Pierce, and collaborators, looked at tissues in butterfly wings that are supplied by circulatory, neural and tracheal systems, indicating that the wing is a dynamic, living structure. Behavioral assays show that butterflies use wings to sense visible and infrared radiation, responding with specialized behaviors to prevent overheating of their wings. The study is published in... Read more about Living portions of butterfly wings prevent overheating
Naomi Pierce and lab members

Congratulations to Naomi Pierce, awarded the prestigious International Prize for Biology!

August 22, 2019

MCZ Faculty-Curator Naomi Pierce was awarded the 2019 International Prize for Biology, one of the most prestigious honors a natural scientist can receive. The focus of this award varies each year, this year focusing on the field of insect biology. 

From the news release, "Scientists typically...

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Naomi Pierce receives the Verrill Medal from the Yale Peabody Museum

Naomi Pierce receives the Verrill Medal from the Yale Peabody Museum

November 23, 2016

MCZ Faculty-Curator Naomi Pierce was one of five recipients of the Verrill Medal from the Yale Peabody Museum.  The award is the highest honor given by the Curators of the Yale Peabody Museum, and is intended to honor “signal practitioners in the arts of natural history and natural sciences.”  Past recipients from the MCZ include Ernst Mayr and Edward O. Wilson.  Five medals were awarded this year, in part to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of...

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Naomi Pierce Awarded HGI Grant

October 12, 2016

Congratulations to MCZ Faculty-Curator Naomi Pierce, one of five grant recipients of the second cycle of grants awarded from the Harvard Global Instituted (HGI). HGI grants are designed to support research initiatives that develop innovative solutions to global problems by drawing on collaboration of faculty within Harvard and with colleagues overseas.