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Some Like It Hot: Butterflies in a changing climate

Natural History Live by Marcus Rhodes on behalf of the British Entomological & Natural History Society

Our climate is rapidly changing, but what does this mean for an insect? Marcus will be discussing his research on microclimate and its importance for butterflies, with reference to his studies of Silver-studded Blues on former mining sites in Cornwall.

The British Entomological & Natural History Society (BENHS) have teamed up with the FSC to deliver a series of entomology-focused Natural History Live events. These events are free online natural history talks, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a BENHS guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up to the FSC BioLinks newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities here.

Tutor: Marcus Rhodes

Marcus is an ecologist based at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute and interested in how species are responding to habitat and climate change. Butterflies are a real passion of his, forming the focus for much of his research. Marcus did his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge and a Masters in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at the Silwood Park campus of Imperial College London. He started his PhD with the University of Exeter in 2019 and is currently located at the Penryn campus down in Cornwall.


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Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC BioLinks project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC BioLinks project team

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

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