José Montero's Research Page

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From a constructivist perspective, centered on conservation inventories and citizen science, a scientific collection of more than 1000 butterfly specimens has been developed, duly labeled, identified and incorporated into databases.

My current research project is based on the study of the alpha taxonomy and the natural history of the butterflies of San Luis of Monteverde. This research has allowed me to document 245 species in 130 genera; these 59 species are regional endemics (Nicaragua - Costa Rica - Panama).

Collecting, mounting, labeling and managing butterfly specimens.

Collecting, mounting, labeling and managing butterfly specimens.

Twenty adults part of our butterfly master collection at UGACR.

Twenty adults part of our butterfly master collection at UGACR.

 Lycorea halia atergatis, larva, pupa, and adult

 Lycorea halia atergatis, larva, pupa, and adult

Adelpha melanthe, larva and adults

Adelpha melanthe, larva and adults

PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATIONS (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

Dr. James Porter, University of Georgia, USA

Dr. Thomas D. Shahady, Lynchburg College, Virginia, USA

Ángel Solís, Associate Researcher at Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, and researcher at ACG, Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund.

M.Sc. Monika Springer, University of Costa Rica

 

INTERNSHIPS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

Ernest Minnema, University van Arnhem en Nijmegen, Van Hall Instituut, Holland, Independent Researcher and Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Michaela Rubenstein, Seattle Pacific University, WA, USA, Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Dionné Mejia, University of California San Diego, USA, Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Riley Fortier, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA, Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Sarah A. Currier, Westfield State University, MA, USA, Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Hannah LeBlanc, Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine, USA, Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Jessica Reese, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Madeline McLeod, University of North Caroline Asheville, USA, Resident Naturalist at UGACR

Anna Golos, Lynchburg College, Virginia, USA, Water Quality Intern at UGACR

 

SIGNIFICANT PUBLICATIONS

Montero-Ramírez, J.J. (2007). Manual para el manejo de mariposarios. Santo Domingo de Heredia, C.R., Editorial INBio. 204 p. ISBN:978-9968-927-26-0

Chacón, I.A. & Montero-Ramírez, J.J. (2007). Mariposas de Costa Rica / Butterflies and moths of Costa Rica. 1 ed. Santo Domingo de Heredia, C.R., Editorial INBio, 624 p. ISBN: 978-9968-927-23-9

Janzen, D.H. et al. [Montero, José]. (2009). Integration of DNA barcoding into an ongoing inventory of complex tropical biodiversity. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9(1), 1-26.

Montero-Ramírez, J.J. (2010). Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Morphinae, Dynastor macrosiris strix: A new report for Costa Rican butterflies. Check list, 6(4), 679-680.

Montero-Ramírez, J.J., Janzen, D.H. & Hallwachs, W. (2011). A distinctive new species of Euglyphis Hübner (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) from Costa Rica, with a checklist of the Euglyphis known from Costa Rica. Zootaxa, 3020, 49-59.

Magellan, T. M., Montagnini, F. & Montero- Ramírez, J.J. (2011). Diversity of Lepidoptera in Pure and Mixed Plantations of Eight Native Tree Species at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. In F. Montagnini and C. Finney (Eds.) Restoring Degraded Landscapes with Native Species in Latin America. New York, Nova Science Publishers, pp. 127-144. ISBN: 978-1-61122-131-2

Chacón, I.A. & Montero-Ramírez, J.J., Janzen, D.H., Hallwachs, W., Blandin, P., Bristow, C.R. & Hajibabaei, M. (2012). A new species of Opsiphanes Doubleday [1849] from Costa Rica (Nymphalidae: Morphinae: Brassolini), as revealed by its DNA barcodes and habitus. Bulletin of the Allyn Museum, 166, 1-15.

 

COnTACT INFORMATION

José J. Montero Ramírez 

University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus

Research, Instruction, and Internships Coordinator

San Luis de Monteverde
Puntarenas

p: 264-573-63 
e: researchcr@uga.edu