Goal and objectives
The small endowment set up by Hovanitz, later supplemented and well managed, significantly expanded over past few years, enabling the Foundation to expand its programs. The endowment provided student grants from 2005 to 2009. In 2010 this funding was redirected to support one full time Lepidoptera parataxonomist for the Yanayacu, Ecuador reserve. Our intention is to provide the long term support for a critical project. We recently began to develop a public exhibits program to increase awareness of the significance of Lepidoptera in conservation. The program is international.
The Lepidoptera Research Foundation is a dynamic organization. We have made every effort to maintain cutting edge innovative design with open source services. Thus we have not had page charges for over a decade and were among the earliest group of biology journals to open source our archives (in 2005). Now, because of declining revenue and increasing expenses, especially mailing costs, we have changed to on-line publishing. Details are described in JRL Online.
The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under the provisions of Chapter 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible. Please note we do require additional donations in order to maintain long term operation of all programs.
Bill Hovanitz structured the Foundation around a small board of directors to provide rapid response in problem solving. The three member board (cv’s below) is international. All are professionals. Special committees, as for editorial assistance and awards are set up as needed basis from the community of professional Lepidopterists. Directors receive no remuneration.
Directors and staff
|Rudolf H. T. Mattoni PhD Zoology, population genetics UCLA. Academic experience included assistant professor at California State Univeristies at Los Angeles and Northridge, most recently lecturer in Geography, UCLA, teaching biogeography, conservation biology and special research.|
|Daniel Rubinoff PhD, Entomology, UC Berkeley. Associate professor of Entomology, Dept. of University of Hawaii.|
|Konrad Fiedler PhD, full professor for population ecology and head of the newly established department at the University of Vienna.|
|Nancy Vannucci, Information Science student at Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires.|