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Andrew G. Brownjohn
Ph.D. Student
Office: Marshak 819
Email: abrownj.fas[at]
Curriculum Vitae
I am fascinated by the biogeography and taxonomy of butterflies.

Currently, I am interested in the evolution of toxic milkweed butterflies in the genus Euploea. Found across the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia, Euploea features both wide-ranging and island-endemic species, which serve as models and mimics in Batesian and Müllerian mimicry complexes with a high degree of geographic variability.

The phylogeny of the genus is not well understood, and after resolving it through genetic sequencing and analysis, I am interested in investigating the role of biogeography in the evolution of morphological, behavioral, and chemical traits within the group. I am especially interested in determining how each of these can potentially improve understanding of the taxonomy of the group, and inform taxonomic thought in general.

2013 - Ph.D. in Biology (EEB) (The Graduate Center at CUNY)
2007 - 2011A.B. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Harvard University)

2009 - 2010Research Assistant, Harvard University
Advisor: Dr. Naomi Pierce

Summer 2010Museum of Comparative Zoology Grant in Undergraduate Research
Summer 2009Office of International Programs Summer Travel Grant

2012 - 2013Curatorial Assistant, Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Cambridge, MA
2011Collections Assistant, Lepidoptera Collection, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, MA

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