NEXT MEETING INFOTopic: Monday, January 25th, 2021, at 7 pm. meeting: A Life Spent Chasing Moths & Their Caterpillars, and Discovering So Much More, presented by Alma Solis. Join Zoom Meeting
Alma Solis was born and grew up in south Texas where she attended Texas Southmost College in Brownsville and developed an interest in biology. For her thesis research at UT Austin, she studied lepidopteran leaf miners feeding on deciduous trees in a cloud forest in northeastern Mexico and expanded her study to include light-caught Lepidoptera. She then specialized on pyraloids for her dissertation research at the University of Maryland at College Park. Alma has been a Research Scientist in the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Agriculture Research Service, USDA, and Curator of the Pyraloidea and related families at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., for over 30 years; she was Research Leader of the laboratory for ten of those years. She has published more than 100 research papers and book chapters on the classification of Pyralidae or snout moths. She has conducted fieldwork and research in major museums worldwide. She is married to Jason P. W. Hall, a riodinid butterfly specialist. An NPR interview with the couple entitled "Rare Specimens: An Unusual Match-Up in Entomology" aired in 2012 to highlight their butterfly garden in Silver Spring, Maryland.