Marsh European Lepidoptera Award

2015 - Professor Miguel Lopez Munguira

Miguel Munguira’s PhD was the first in Spain about the conservation of butterflies, and also possible the first about the conservation of any insect. The subject of his PhD was Spanish lycaenids, including pioneering work on the lifecycles of species. He collected much new data about the biology and ecology of threatened lycaenid species, with a view to their conservation; he received an award for his PhD.

Miguel has made or contributed to over 100 publications including books, reports and scientific papers, for example he co-authored the Butterfly volume of Fauna Iberica. He has written about lycaenid conservation in several butterfly atlases and Red Data books and remains extremely active in this area, currently participating in the Red Data Book of Mediterranean Butterflies and the Barcoding Project of European butterflies. This latter project aims to assemble a database of the DNA barcodes of all European butterfly species. Miguel is widely acknowledged as the expert of Spanish lycaenids.

Since 2011, Miguel has been chairman of Butterfly Conservation Europe.

Pictured: Professor Munguira receiving his award from Nick Carter, MCT Trustee


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