RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Naomi Pierce, a world authority on butterflies, will give the 2014 Alfred M. Boyce Lecture at the University of California, Riverside on Monday, February 24.
The lecture, titled “Nabokov’s blues: the ghost of climate change past,” will be held at 4 p.m. in the Genomics Auditorium, Room 1102A, Genomics Building. A reception will follow the talk at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Entomology Building. Both the talk and reception are free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.
Pierce is the Hessel Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and Curator of Lepidoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, a position once held by Vladimir Nabokov. Her research focus is on the ecology and evolution of species interactions.
Pierce’s internationally-renowned research focuses on the lepidopteran family Lycaenidae, the second-largest family of butterflies in the world, and their close associations with their ant hosts and host plants. Using lyceanids as a model organism, she has contributed to the understanding of how mutualistic relationships are established in nature, and how this can sometimes be exploited as well.
Prior to coming to Harvard in 1990, Pierce had appointments as a Research Lecturer in Christ Church and in the Department of Zoology, Oxford University, and as Assistant and Associate Professor at Princeton University. She has received prizes such as a Fulbright Fellowship and a MacArthur award, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
The Boyce lectures were instituted in 1977 and honor Alfred M. Boyce (1901-1997), one of the world’s leading authorities on insects and mites that attack citrus and walnuts. Boyce served as the director of the UCR Citrus Experiment Station, first dean of the College of Agriculture, and assistant director of the statewide Agricultural Experiment Station.