Delano Lewis, PhD hails from Mandeville, in Manchester, Jamaica. His formal training was received at the University of the West Indies where he received a bachelors and a masters degree in zoology. After teaching for a while, he enrolled at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) where he successfully completed a masters and Phd in entomology.
He is a broad biologist who has worked on Jamaican Iguanas, the invasive Indian mongoose, and is a specialist in Lepidoptera Taxonomy, Systematics, and Phylogenetics. He currently works at Northern Caribbean University where he serves as the Director of the Office of Research and Grants, as well as Assistant Professor of Biology. His work focusses mainly on moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera), but works with any invertebrate taxa that catches his interests. He is currently part of research teams looking at diets of insectivorous migratory birds in Jamaica with the Smithsonian Institution, phylogenetics of Papilio butterflies with an international team of specialists from the University of Florida and the University of Alberta, population genetic studies on the giant swallowtail butterfly in Jamaica, taxonomy of mimetic geometrid moths from south and central america, studies on the economically important beet armyworm in Jamaica, and a few other projects he hopes will yield publishable results.
When not being an administrator or trying to squeeze in time for research and teaching, he enjoys his 15 year marriage to Dadria (PhD in counseling and counselor education with emphasis in mental health counseling), and together they have three beautiful children aged 5 years old, 2 years old, and 6 months old.
Now let's go mothing! A night hike will be scheduled to attract, observe and identify a variety of Saba's moths. Stay tuned for date, time and location. Dr. Lewis will arrive on Saba on October 18 and depart the 23rd.