Marsh European Lepidoptera Award

2009 - Dr Otakar Kudrna

Dr Otakar Kudrna has dedicated his life to butterflies. He escaped from communist Czechoslovakia to the UK to become Europe’s foremost authority on butterfly taxonomy publishing many papers, particularly a monograph on the genus Hipparchia. Most significantly, he founded Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica and the Mapping European Butterflies program (MEB). His ‘The Distribution Atlas of European Butterflies’, (2002), is based on the observations of collaborators all over Europe. This work is currently being used to investigate the effect of climate change and habitat loss as it provides a baseline from which changes in range can be compared.


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