Research professor of biology Lincoln Brower was in St. Louis earlier this month to receive the University of Missouri-St. Louis Harris Center Conservation Action Prize for his lifetime work in monarch butterfly conservation.
Brower has spent nearly 60 years conducting field expeditions and lab explorations in an effort to understand the monarch’s biology — including its extraordinary annual migration across North America to the high mountains of Michoacán, Mexico. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific papers, eight films, and edited two books, and is currently writing his magnum opus on the monarch butterfly. Education of the public and conservation of the species and its habitat lie at the heart of much of his work.
Brower has been a research professor at Sweet Briar since 1997. He is Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology, Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he spent the latter part of his teaching career after many years at Amherst College. He has a B.A. from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Yale.
He has received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University, the Medal for Zoology from the Linnean Society of London, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animal Behavior Society and the Royal Entomological Society of London Marsh Award. He has served as president of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the International Society of Chemical Ecology and the Lepidopterists’ Society.
While in Missouri, Brower spoke with St. Louis Public Radio about his research.