011 Laurel Hall
My research involves a number of separate projects that relate to the systematics, biological diversity, distribution, and ecology of several groups of Lepidoptera. This includes surveys of the diversity of public lands, notably national parks and monuments. I am actively investigating the systematics of selected butterfly genera including both genetic and morphological characters. I am also deeply involved with conservation, development, and outreach.
B. Proshek, J.R. Dupuis, A. Engberg, K. Davenport, P.A. Opler , J.A. Powell, and F.A.H. Sperling. 2015. Genetic evaluation of the evolutionary distinctness pf federally endangered butterfly, Lange’s Mettalmark. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15: 73.http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/15/73
Back, W., M.A. Miller, and P.A. Opler. 2011. Genetic, phenetic, and distributional relationships of Nearctic Euchloe (Pieridae, Pierinae, Anthocharidini). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 65(1): 1-14. http://images.peabody.yale.edu/lepsoc/jls/2010s/2011/2011-65-1-001.pdf
Powell, J.A. and P.A. Opler. 2009. Moths of western North America. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles. ISBN 0-520-25197-0. www.ucpress.edu/book.php.isbn=9780520251977
Opler, P.A. 1999. Field Guide to Butterflies of Western North America. Roger Tory Peterson Series. Houghton-Mifflin Co., Boston. 540 pp.www.amazon.com/Field-Western-Butterflies-Peterson-Guides/dp/0395791520-
Opler, P.A. 1974. Oaks as evolutionary islands for leaf-mining insects. American Scientist 62: 67-73. http://www.jstorr.org/stable/27844716?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Opler, P.A. 1973. Fossil lepidopterous leaf mines demonstrate the age of some insect-plant relationships. Science 179(4080): 1321-1323.www.sciencemag.org/content/179/4080/1321.abstract