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OUR COLLEAGUE DR. DONALD R. DAVIS (THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON D.C., USA) CELEBRATES HIS SCIENTIFIC CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

Donald R. Davis received his B.A. degree in Entomology at the University of Kansas in 1956. In 1962 he earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University under John G. Franclemont, formerly a USDA research entomologist at the NMNH, whom Don had first met during the National Science Fair in 1952.

Fullfilling a dream he had nurtured since high school, Don was hired by J. F. Gates Clarke and the Smithsonian Institution as a research entomologist in Microlepidoptera in the fall of 1961, and he has continued in that position until the present; now - Curator of Lepidoptera (emeritus). From 1976 to 1981 he served as Chairman of the Department. Don married Mignon Marie Bush in 1972. Mignon had recently been hired as an assistant in the same department. They have been blessed with two wonderful children, Marisa Marie and Steven Ray (http://entomology.si.edu/staffpages/davisd.htm).

Since his graduate days, Don's research has focused on the phylogeny of the more primitive groups of Lepidoptera. He has published important references on many of these, in particular the families Acrolophidae, Carposinidae, Eriocottidae, Eriocraniidae, Gracillariidae, Neopseustidae, Ochsenheimeriidae, Opostegidae, Paleosetidae, Prodoxidae, Prototheoridae, Psychidae, and Tineidae, as well as on the new families Acanthopteroctetidae, Andesianidae, and Palaephatidae. Much of his research emphasizes the biology of his subjects and their immature stages (http://entomology.si.edu/staffpages/davisd.htm).

In recent years he has concentrated on the biology and biodiversity of plant-mining and cave-dwelling moths and is currently involved in major works on the Acrolophidae, Adelidae, Epipyropidae, Gracillariidae, Nepticulidae, and Tineidae. Since 2005 he has been a collaborator on the Lepidoptera ATOL project (www.leptree.net). The primary objective for this NSF sponsored program based at the University of Maryland, will be to estimate a "backbone" phylogeny for the entire order, using DNA sequences of up to 24 nuclear genes (~18 kb total) from multiple representatives of all 126 families, and testing all current deep-level phylogenetic hypotheses. The molecular phylogeny plus a comprehensive re-evaluation of lepidopteran fossils will provide divergence date estimates for the major lineages. As part of this project he is also assisting in creating web pages summarizing the state of knowledge for all lepidopteran families and superfamilies, to be posted on educational web sites such as Tree of Life. Don's various activities have involved him in fieldwork over much of the United States as well as 40 other countries and has resulted in the addition of nearly one million insect specimens to the National Museum. In 1977 he was awarded the Jordan Medal by the Lepidopterists' Society for his work on yucca moths and their allies (Prodoxidae).

Don has served as president of the Entomological Society of Washington (1977), the Lepidopterists' Society (1985), and the Biological Society of Washington (1985–1986)  (http://entomology.si.edu/staffpages/davisd.htm).