February 17th @9AM CT
Lincoln P Brower earned a Biology Degree from Princeton and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Yale. He was a Fullbright Scholar in Genetics at Oxford University and has held professorships at several universities through out the United States. He is currently a Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
Dr. Bower’s current research is on the overwintering, migration and conservation biology of the monarch butterfly, which undergoes one of the most extraordinary annual migrations on our planet. Dr. Bower has been a student and admirer of the monarch for more than 50 years.
In collaboration with Linda Fink and scientists from UNAM (Morelia) and NASA-Goddard, our lab is integrating ecophysiology (cold tolerance and lipid metabolism), field exploration, geographic information systems (GIS), and microclimate modeling, to understand why monarchs are so selective in the habitats they use for wintering. In addition to his curiosity about the monarch’s natural history, has motivated his desire to provide sound scientific recommendations to the conservation organizations and government agencies charged with protecting the monarchs’ fragile and disappearing habitat in Mexico, Canada and the United States. In 2008 Dr. Bower was honored to receive Reconocimiento a la Conservacion de la Naturaleza from the Mexican federal government, for his conservation work. The same year, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dr. Bower’s broader areas of interest include mimicry, ecological chemistry, chemical defense, scientific film making, riverine ecology, and the conservation of endangered biological phenomena and ecosystems. Dr. Bower and his colleagues Dick Vane-Wright and Linda Fink were recently profiled in an article in the British magazine Antenna.