Population and Community Biology of Rainforest Animals and Plants:

Behavior, ecology, and evolution of passionvine butterflies (Heliconius)

The table below summarizes our current research on living populations of plants and insects for scientific investigations. The live specimens exported from P.N. Corcovado form only a part of our system, which is available for comparative studies to any student or researcher in the world. The detailed studies here greatly enhance what we can learn in the field. Eventually the combination of laboratory, greenhouse, and field studies will give us a deep understanding of how this system maintains its structure and diversity in a place like Sirena Station, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. With this understanding I hope we can provide insights that will be of general use in managing the biodiversity of rainforest parks in the neotropics.

Learning behavior in HeliconiusEvandro Oliveira, 1998
Evolution of body size in HeliconiusMirian Medina, 1996
Toxic chemicals and host plant specialization in HeliconiusHelene Engler, 1998
Adult feeding and palatability in HeliconiusMarcio Cardoso, 1999
Phylogenetic studies of the 10 Heliconiiti generaCarla Penz, 1996
Adult feeding behavior Harald Krenn and Carla Penz
Mating tactics: pupal vs non-pupal matingErika Deinert, 1997
Adaptive microevolution through hybridization and biotic destruction in the neotropicsMauricio Linares, 1989
Evolutionary genetics of the Heliconius cydno group
L.E. Gilbert and Durrell Kapan
Adaptive Novelty through Introgression in Heliconius Wing Patterns: Evidence for Shared Genetic "Tool Box" from Synthetic Hybrid Zones and a Theory of Diversification
L.E. Gilbert, 2002
Behavioral interactions and gene flow across a Heliconius butterfly hybrid zoneMarcus Kronforst, 2000
Preventing cyanide release from leavesHelene S. Engler, Kevin C. Spencer, Lawrence E. Gilbert


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