Incorporating more than eight years of field research, Dr. Xavier Silva’s latest book, Ecuador’s Butterfly Ecology, seeks to promote the study of butterflies and moths as biological indicators of environmental change. The 216-page book lists the more than 2,700 butterfly species currently found in Ecuador, one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world.
Written in Spanish and English, the book also contains close to 1,000 field photographs of Ecuador’s butterflies and moths, as well as ecological and bio-geographic descriptions of Ecuador’s major butterfly species, along with certain significant groups of moths.
“From its initial stages, SIT believed in Xavier’s project, granting him a sabbatical leave that allowed for the completion of the book and later co-sponsored the publication of his research in book form with the University of San Francisco de Quito,” according to SIT Study Abroad Academic Dean José B. Alvarez.
Dr. Silva is the co-academic director of the SIT Study Abroad Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation program.
Sustainable development through ecotourism is one of Dr. Silva’s areas of interest and one that greatly influences his teaching and research. Dr. Silva is also the author of The Ecotourism Guide to Ecuador.
Dr. Silva is president of the Entomological Society of Ecuador, as well as a member of the Entomological Society of France and the Ornithological Society of Ecuador. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology applied to ecology from the Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, France.