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The People of UBI

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Paul V Switzer, PhD

Founder and Director

Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Paul's favorite butterfly is the
Zebra Swallowtail
(Eurytides marcellus)

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Dr Eric Bollinger was a professor in the Biology Department at Eastern Illinois University for nearly 35 years teaching courses in areas such as ornithology, ecology, and conservation biology.

 

Dr Bollinger is currently devoting his time to various conservation organizations, especially UBI.

Eric K Bollinger, PhD

Director

Dr Eric Bollinger was a professor in the Biology Departement at Eastern Illinois University for nearly 35 years teaching courses in areas such as ornithology, ecology, and conservation biology.

 

Dr Bollinger is currently devoting his time to various conservation organizations, especially UBI.

Eric's favorite butterfly is the
Zebra Swallowtail
(Eurytides marcellus)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Britto P Nathan, PhD

Director

Dr Britto Nathan is a Neurobiologist at Eastern Illinois University with a passion for anything related to nature. His favorite hobbies include hiking, biking, and kayaking.

Britto's favorite butterfly is the
Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Chad M Franks

Graphic Designer

Chad Franks is a member of the Eastern Illinois University Marketing & Communications team, and was instrumental in designing the UBI Butterfly e-Guide.

Chad's favorite butterfly is the
Red Admiral
(Vanessa atalanta)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Annalisa M Switzer, DVM

Treasurer, Graphic Artist,

and Webmaster

Besides photographing butterflies & moths, Dr Annalisa Switzer also enjoys keeping chickens, building her house, amassing interesting beads for her micro-macrame jewelry, and wasting time on jigsaw, math, and logic puzzles. Her experiences co-founding and co-chairing a non-profit political organization inspired her involvement in the legal and organizational aspects of UBI, but it is her desire to slow down the Anthropocene Extinction that drives her passion for UBI's mission.

Annalisa's favorite butterfly is the
Hackberry Emperor
(Asterocampa celtis)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Dave R Switzer

Marketing Director

Senior Communications Specialist at the Kansas City National Security Campus, Dave Switzer has been involved in marketing and communications for over 40 years. From broadcast television to non-profit marketing to industrial communications, he enjoys turning complex issues into information to help educate and inform. Dave believes creating butterfly habitat anywhere is good for the eyes, environment, and mental health.

Dave's favorite butterfly is the
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio glaucus)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

David Frye

Concept Promotion and

Site Maintenance

A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, David Frye is a tireless advocate for conservation, and has spent countless hours doing exhausting and often challenging environmental work all over the country, including for UBI. He continues to volunteer his time and efforts to UBI hotspots whenever he visits Coles County.

David's favorite butterfly is the
Mourning Cloak
(Nymphalis antiopa)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Maddy Colby

Summer 2024

Student Intern

Hi there! Folks call me Colby, and I’m a junior at EIU studying Communications, so I can become a science communicator to raise awareness about native pollinators. I’ve been working with butterflies since I was little and dreamed of becoming an entomologist when I grew up. I’m over the moon to continue my work with UBI. I enjoy hiking, nature photography, and I love rearing my own butterflies and moths. After graduation, I want to pursue a graduate degree in entomology so I can keep studying butterflies full time.

Colby's favorite butterfly is the
Eastern Comma
(Polygonia comma)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

Mikhayla Ward

Summer 2024

Student Intern

My name is Mikhayla Ward and I am from the small town of Bethany, Illinois. I am a junior majoring in biology with a teacher's licensure at EIU, and I am in the Panther Marching Band. I enjoy horseback riding and painting in my free time. After graduation, I hope to become a biology teacher, and hopefully one day a biology professor. I am very excited to advocate for native wildlife and biodiversity!

Mikhayla's favorite butterfly is the
Red-Spotted Purple
(Limenitis arthemis ssp. astyanax)

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Dr Paul Switzer received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and is currently a Professor of Biology at Eastern Illinois University. He started the Grand Prairie Butterfly Club in 2003 and founded UBI in 2018. Dr Switzer is honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center (a project of NABA, the North American Butterfly Association) in Mission, TX. He has loved butterflies for as long as he can remember.

And of course

Many Valuable Volunteers!!

Volunteers help us develop and manage sites, as well as gather data. To learn more about volunteering with UBI, click here or send us an email at UButterflyInitiative@gmail.com.

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Past Interns

Fall 2023

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Lucas Grindley

Summer - Fall 2023 Student Intern

Favorite butterfly:  Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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Kayla Montemayor

Fall 2023 Student Intern

Favorite butterfly:  Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)

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Taryn Tarquin

Fall 2023 Student Intern

Favorite butterfly:  Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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Summer 2023

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Grayson Hofmann

Summer 2023

Graduate Student Intern

Favorite butterfly:  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - dark morph female
(Papilio glaucus)

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Michael Otzwirk

Summer 2023 Student Intern

Favorite butterfly:  Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

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