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Research


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Research


RESEARCH INTERESTS

With an education in tropical biology, Peter's research projects focus on the biogeography, ecology, evolution, and behavior of tropical organisms.  He is passionate about conservation, particularly in rainforests. This conservation work frequently involves advising international student research projects in the field and instructing methods of biodiversity monitoring.  

Peter Houlihan received a B.A. in Behavioral Biology from Johns Hopkins University and is completing a PhD in Biology at University of Florida. Fieldwork for his research is conducted across the world's tropics, throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

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Publications


Publications


Scientific Articles

Sourakov & Houlihan (2017). Note on nocturnal activity of a skipper, Pseudonascus paulliniae, in French Guiana. Tropical Lepidoptera Research. 27(1): 26-27.

Cheyne S., Gilhooly L., Hamard M., Hoeing A., Houlihan P.R., Kursani K., Loken B., Phillips A., Rayadin Y., Ripoll Capilla B., Rowland D., Juwita Sastramidjaja W., Spehar S., Thompson C., Zrust M.  (2016). Population mapping of gibbons in Kalimantan, Indonesia: Correlates of Gibbon Density and Vegetation across the species range. Endangered Species Research. [URL]

Kawahara, Plotkin, Oshima, Lopez-Vaamonde, Houlihan, Breinholt, Kawakita, Xiao, Regier, Davis, Kumata, Sohn, Prins, Mitter (2016). A molecular phylogeny and revised higher‐level classification for the leaf‐mining moth family Gracillariidae and its implications for larval host‐use evolution. Systematic Entomology. [URL]

Marchant, N.C., Purwanto, A., Harsanto, F.A., Boyd, N.S., Harrison, M.E., Houlihan, P.R. (2015) ‘Random-flight’ dispersal in tropical fruit-feeding butterflies? High mobility, long lifespans and no home ranges. Ecological Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/een.12239 [URL]

Houlihan, Shalot, Kursani, Bani, Peggie, Ubaidillah, Rowland, Zrust, Hoeing, Cheyne, & Ball (2015). Butterfly diversity and conservation of the remote tropical hill forests of the Upper Barito watershed, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. J. Indonesian Natural History [URL]

Purwanto, A., Harsanto, F. A., Marchant, N. C., Houlihan, P. R., Ross, K., Tremlett, C. and Harrison, M. E. (2015) Good Practice Guidelines: Butterfly Canopy Trapping. The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project, Palangka Raya, Indonesia. [PDF]

Hoeing, A., Suncoko, A., Deni, Rowland, D., Murray, E., Sabahudin, I., Zrust, M., Houlihan, P.R., Grossmann, K., Waltert, M., Cheyne, S.M. (2015). Perceptions towards companies and forest conservation in two villages of Uut Murung, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. J. Indonesian Natural History. [URL]

Hoeing, A., Suncoko, A., Deni, Rowland, D., Murray, E., Sabahudin, I., Zrust, M., Houlihan, P.R., Grossmann, K., Waltert, M., Cheyne, S.M. (2015). How nature is used and valued by villagers in two villages in Uut Murung. J. Indonesian Natural History. [URL]

Cheyne, S.M., Hoeing, A., Houlihan, P.R., Kursani, Rowland, D., Zrust, M. (2015) Report on the large mammals of the Uut Murung Region, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. J. Indonesian Natural History. [URL]

Zrust, M., Rowland, D., Cheyne, S.M., Houlihan, P.R., Hoeing, A., Yunus, A.M. (2015) Report on the small terrestrial mammals of the Uut Murung Region, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. J. Indonesian Natural History. [URL]

Houlihan, P.R. (2013) New records of Crocodylus acutus (Cuvier 1807) on Isla del Rey and a review of the species’ distribution in Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama. IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter. 32(1): 10-13. [PDF]

Houlihan, P.R., Harrison, M.E. & Cheyne, S.M. (2013). Impacts of forest gaps on butterfly diversity in a Bornean peat-swamp forest. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 16(1) 67-73. [PDF]  

Houlihan, P.R., N. Marchant, M.E. Harrison (2012). A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Sabangau. The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project, Report #07/2012, Palangka Raya, Indonesia. [PDF]

Cheyne SM, Zrust M, Hoeing A, Houlihan PR, Rowland D, Rahmania M, Breslin K (2012). Barito River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities (BRINCC) Preliminary Report. In BRINCC Expedition Reports; 74 pages. Palangka Raya, Indonesia: BRINCC Expedition. [PDF]

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Presentations


Presentations


Presentations

 

Patagonia Store – New York City, NY - March 9, 2017

Deepest, Darkest Jungles: Tales of Exploration, Adventure, & Conservation

 

Rainforest Trust – Warrenton, Virginia - March 8, 2017

Madagascar’s Lost Forest

 

National Geographic Society Headquarters – Washington, D.C. - August 19, 2016

Closer Look: The Lost Rainforest of Madagascar: Discovery, Exploration, and Conservation in a Remote Jungle Oasis

 

Patagonia Store – Washington, D.C. - July 22, 2016

Deepest, Darkest Jungles: Tales of Exploration, Adventure, & Conservation

 

Lepidopterists Society of America – Colorado Springs, Colorado - June 9, 2016

Orchid pollinator ecology, coevolution, & conservation: From Darwin's predicted hawkmoth to Caribbean ghosts

 

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History - Washington, D.C.  - January 21, 2016

Pollination ecology & conservation of Caribbean ghost orchids

 

National Geographic Society Headquarters – Washington, D.C.  - January 20, 2016

Closer Look: On assignment for NatGeo in Madagascar

 

Florida Museum of Natural History: McGuire Center Seminar - January 19, 2016

Orchid pollinator ecology, coevolution, & conservation: From Darwin's predicted hawkmoth to Caribbean ghosts

 

Florida Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, University of Florida - November 19, 2015

Diversity and Biodiversity: Conservation biology in the 21st Century    

 

WiLDspeak - International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) –  Washington D.C.  - November 16, 2015

Panel: Beyond World Heritage Designation - Coiba Island, Panama

 

Association for Tropical Lepidoptera - Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida - October 18, 2015

Ghost hunting: The pollination ecology of Darwin's elusive long-spurred orchids

 

Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Naomi E. Pierce Lab - September 11, 2015 

The Evolution of a Tropical Biologist        

 

Florida Museum of Natural History: McGuire Center Seminar Series - April 7, 2015

From Prison to Preservation:  The natural history of Panama's most fearsome and mysterious island

 

University of Florida: Insect & Plant Ecology Course - February 12, 2015

Lecture: Hawkmoth pollinator ecology & behavior

 

Association for Tropical Lepidoptera - Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida - September 28, 2014

Ecological monitoring, conservation, and ecotourism potential in the rainforests of Borneo

 

Society for Conservation Biology - Asia Section Meeting, Melaka, Malaysia: August 2014

Life on the BRINCC: Biodiversity, Social-ecology, & Conservation in remote rainforests of central Borneo

 

Tropical Conservation & Development Program, University of Florida: April 8, 2014 [Abstract]

Life on the BRINCC: Biodiversity, Social-ecology, & Conservation in remote rainforests of central Borneo

 

McGuire Center Seminar Series: FLMNH, Gainesville, FL USA - October 1, 2013

McGuire Center’s Lepidopterological trip to Vietnam in collaboration with the Vietnam National Museum

*Andrei Sourakov, Nancy Turner, Peter Houlihan

 

McGuire Center Seminar Series "What I did this Summer": FLMNH, Gainesville, FL USA - August 28, 2013

Operation Fast & Falco

*Lary Reeves, Geena Hill, Peter Houlihan

 

Lepidopterist’s Society of America:  Gainesville, FL USA - June 28, 2013 [Abstract]

Butterflies amidst the modern era of exploitation on Borneo

*Peter R. Houlihan, Mark E. Harrison, Nicholas C. Marchant, Susan M. Cheyne

 

Southeast Asian Gateway Evolution Conference: Berlin, Germany - March 15, 2013

Impacts of forest disturbance on peat swamp forest fauna & flora      

*Susan E. Page, Mark E. Harrison, Stijn Schreven, Peter R. Houlihan, Benjamin J. Jarrett, Eric D. Perlett, Nicholas C. Marchant

    
Association for Tropical Lepidoptera & Southern Lepidopterists’ Society
: Gainesville, FL - September 29, 2012  [Abstract]

Impacts of Forest Gaps on Bornean Butterflies


Maryland Entomological Society: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), MD USA - April 20, 2012

The BRINCC Expedition: Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation    

                                               
Harvard University
, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology: Cambridge, MA USA - November 18, 2011


Maryland Entomological Society: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), MD USA - May 13, 2011

Island biogeography of the Perlas Archipelago, Panama  


Ecological Society of America - Mid-Atlantic Chapter & New Jersey Academy of Science: April 4, 2011 [Abstract] 

Reef Accessibility and Artisanal Fishing

 

School for International Training – Mazumbai Tropical Forest, Tanzania - October 8, 2010

On the rainforest ecology and biodiversity of Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains


Maryland Entomological Society: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), MD USA - May 21, 2010

Biodiversity of Borneo’s Peat-Swamp Forests


Ecological Society of America - Mid-Atlantic Chapter: University of Mary Washington, VA USA - April 27, 2010 [Abstract]

Borneo’s Forest Destruction and Butterfly Diversity          

 

*Talks with multiple authors/speakers