Welcome to the
searchable website for the
Butterfly Biodiversity Project
The purpose of this website is to make available information
resulting from my NSF-supported research on the butterflies of
Be sure to check out the Products page,
where you will find an extensive image gallery, bibliography,
and an interactive specimen database!
||Janice L. Bossart, Project P.I.
Southeastern Louisiana University
This website is one product of my current project to document the
butterfly biodiversity of relict forest 'islands' in a biologically
unique, critically imperiled, and understudied region of the world.
This project began in 2004 through generous support from the
National Science Foundation
(DEB-0417367; Janice L. Bossart, principal investigator).
I initiated research in Ghana in 1999 via a small grant from the
Philadelphia Zoological Society and on the recommendation of Dr.
Torben Larsen that Ghana was the place to go. This initial
reconnaissance trip was turned into a two-year project (2001-2002)
funded by the
Geographic Society. Findings from these
early efforts were parlayed into the current research effort, which
has involved colleagues from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History,
the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, students from the U.S. and
Ghana, local Ghanaian villagers, and a variety of others.
|Feel free to use information from this site, but please give
appropriate credit. All content, including all photos, should be
credited to J. L. Bossart. Dr. Jim Fetzner, Carnegie Museum of
Natural History (CMNH), is responsible for the remarkable web
mechanics. Website design was a collaborative effort among myself, Jim,
and Dr. John Rawlins, Associate Curator at CMNH. Comments and
suggestions are welcome (jbossart ‘at’ selu ‘dot’ edu)!