Tyler Cook

Mentor: Dr. Keith Willmott
Florida Museum of Natural History
"I first got involved in research because I was interested in learning more about evolution and species diversity. As I am on a pre-medicine track, my research has allowed me to learn about topics outside of my traditional curriculum."


Psychological, Behavioral, and Cognitive Neuroscience



Research Interests

  • Systematics
  • Evolution

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Danza Dance Company


  • Shands Hospital
  • Salvation Army

Hobbies and Interests

  • Dancing
  • Traveling
  • Crafting

Research Description

Identifying Morphology and Wing Pattern Characteristics in the Cryptic Neotropical Butterflies Taygetis thamyra and Taygetis laches
The purpose of this research is to identify morphological characteristics unique to two confusing but common Neotropical butterflies, Taygetis thamyra and Taygetis laches, that will make identification reliable and quick. The first phase of the project involves dissecting the male genitalia of many individuals of the two species to identify unique characteristics, and then sorting specimens into morphologically similar groups. The second phase uses these groups to identify differences in wing patterns that are potential species identifiers.