Glenn Morrell’s presentation will highlight recent collecting adventures from the far northern reaches of the Canadian Arctic all the way to the Mexican border. An upfront focus on the Beringian influence and collecting history of the remote Canadian Western Arctic will allow us to become more familiar with an area that is unknown to most of us. The travelogue will then take us from the Yukon and Northwest Territories, over to Alaska, and then south through British Columbia, the eastern Oregon deserts, the Great Basin, southern California and finally Arizona where special emphasis will be placed on the spectacular neotropical species found in canyons just north of the Mexican border.
Truly about chasing lepidoptera, this fast paced presentation will bring to life the travel experience to these locations and the hardships, weather, wildlife and fun encountered along the way. Hundreds of lepidoptera are documented from dull and drab Arctic moths and butterflies to stunning Saturniids on the Mexican border.
Ever since a 5th grade science project rearing and watching the metamorphosis of Monarch butterflies, Glenn Morrell has been actively observing and collecting lepidoptera. This childhood hobby might have waned, however, when satisfying a Bates College Department of Biology senior thesis requirement, Glenn selected a fun lepidoptera related project. The research for his senior thesis on the “Populations of Saturniid Moths” in New England took him to the major collections at Harvard, Yale and UConn, introducing him to many other collectors and professionals. Most importantly, this introduced him to the Connecticut Entomological Society where Glenn served two terms as secretary from 1987 to 1988, was Vice President in 1990 and President in 1991. In 1986 a lifelong friendship was formed when Glenn met Dr. Lars Crabo at a Connecticut Entomological Society meeting. This friendship afforded Glenn opportunities to accompany Lars on almost two dozen collecting trips including many to the Arctic and numerous western North American mountain and alpine habitats.
After completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Bates College, Glenn’s first professional position was in Laboratory Data Process at Hartford Hospital. Since then he has completed a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from Georgetown University, and is currently the Senior Clinical Business Architect for UnitedHealthcare working out of his home office in northern Maine where he has resided since 2006.