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John Mclauren Burns

John Mclauren Burns, American research biologist, lepidoptera curator. Achievements include research on systematics, genitalia and mating behavior of lepidoptera, primarily skipper butterfiels; on the value of genitalic characters in redefining genera of American skippers; on populations, speciation and evolution in sexually reproducing animals; on genetics of polymorphism, including electrophoretically detectable protein polymorphisms.

Background

  • Burns, John Mclauren was born on June 6, 1932 in Rochester, New York, United States. Son of Robert Kyle and Emily Lucile (Moore) Burns.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 1954. Master of Arts in Zoology, University California, Berkeley, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology, University California, Berkeley, 1961.

    Career

    • Assistant zoology University California, Berkeley, 1954-1957, assistant entomology, 1957-1958. Assistant professor biology Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1961-1969. Associate curator lepidoptera Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969-1975, associate professor biology, 1972-1975.

      Associate curator entomology National Museum Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, 1975-1977, curator entomology, since 1978.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include research on systematics, genitalia and mating behavior of lepidoptera, primarily skipper butterfiels. On the value of genitalic characters in redefining genera of American skippers. On populations, speciation and evolution in sexually reproducing animals.

      On genetics of polymorphism, including electrophoretically detectable protein polymorphisms.

    Works

    • Author: (monograph) Evolution in Skipper Butterflies of the Genus Erynnis, 1964, (book) BioGraffiti, 1975, 2nd edition 1981. Contributor numerous articles to scholarly and professional journals.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society Naturalists, Society Systematic Biologists, Genetics Society of America, Lepidopterists' Society (president since 1995), Entomological Society Washington, Cambridge Entomological Club, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Sarah Frances Nance, August 14, 1954. Children: Laura, Karen, Colin Douglas.
    • father: Robert Kyle Burns
    • mother: Emily Lucile (Moore) Burns
    • spouse: Sarah Frances Nance
    • children: Laura Burns
    • Karen Burns
    • Colin Douglas Burns
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    Nationality
    • 1954
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 1957
      University California
    • 1961
      University California
    • 1954 - 1957
      Assistant, zoology University California
      Berkeley, California, United States
    • 1961 - 1969
      assistant, professor biology Wesleyan University
      Middletown, New Jersey, United States
    • 1969 - 1975
      associate, curator lepidoptera Harvard University
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1975 - 1977
      associate, curator entomology National Museum Natural History
      Washington, United States
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