In Pursuit of Monarchs
We’re pleased to introduce Dr. Tom Riley.
Born in the Panama Canal Zone, Tom developed an interest in insects, particularly butterflies, at an early age. While a Professor of Entomology at Louisiana State University’s College of Agriculture, he taught entomology courses and was responsible for state-wide research on insect pests in corn and grain sorghum.
He also pursued his interest in butterflies, publishing several articles on the role of day-length in regulating the reproduction and overwintering survival of butterflies. He worked on early studies of the re-migration routes used by monarchs as they return to the US from their winter habitats in Mexico. Tom’s been to many Central and South American countries to train students and collect and study butterflies.
After retiring from LSU, Tom worked for Chase Studio, Inc., Designers & Builders of Natural History Exhibits, learning how life-like dioramas and exhibits in major museums are created.
Dr. Riley is an active member of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks and a favorite presenter for insect programs. He initiated the local monarch tagging events. He is also an accomplished photographer who creates framed pieces and note cards from his photos.