The Southern Lepidopterists’ Society’s Annual John Abbot Award
The Abbot Award is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to our understanding of the Lepidoptera of the Southern region of the U.S. These contributions can include, but are not limited to, research, publication, fostering public awareness and other projects. This person is chosen from a list of nominees by vote of the membership. The Abbot award was created to recognize the efforts of nominated individuals, major contributors to the knowlege of Lepidoptera fauna in the United States, with particular emphasis on the south, though not necessarily restricted to the region.
The award is named for John Abbot (1751-1840), one of the initial pioneers of studies of Lepidoptera of the southeastern United States. Abbot was an early naturalist, whose paintings and recorded observations provided a number of descriptions of southeastern species. He spent a significant portion of his life in Bulloch County, Georgia during the early nineteenth century, where he made many of his observations.
2005 Abbot Award Recipeints Lee Miller (left) and Jacqueline Miller (right), with Jeff Slotten (middle)
Past Recipients of the Abbot Award:
The 2001 Abbot Award,
Awarded to Leroy Koehn