Richard B. Gump Field Station
Mo’orea, French Polynesia
As part of a semester-long course on the Biology and Geomorphology of Tropical Islands, conducted on the island of Mo’orea (sister island to Tahiti):
- Designed and conducted an independent field research project, “Geometrid moth systematics and retention of the tympanal organ in the absence of bat predation.”
- Collected, identified, dissected, measured, and preserved moths.
- Generated phylogeny of moths based on morphological characteristics and mapped sizes of the tympanal organ to see if moths endemic to these islands showed evidence of tympanal degradation. No degradation was observed based on diameter of the tympanum.