Vaughn Shirey (any pronouns)

Role: Graduate Student
Status: Alumnus
Current Affiliation: University of Southern California
Current Email:
Start year: 2018
End year: 2023
I am interested in the impacts of global change on butterfly communities, especially those in high-latitude regions of the planet. To examine these questions, I use a variety of approaches from hierarchical, statistical modeling to work in both museum collections and in the field.



F.X. Palacio, C. Callaghan, P. Cardoso, E.J. Hudgins, M. Jarzyna, G. Ottaviani, F. Riva, G. Roza, V. Shirey, S. Mammola. 2022.”A protocol for reproducible functional diversity analyses.” In review.

M. Belitz, E. Larsen,V. Shirey, D. Li, and R. Guralnick. 2022. ”Phenological research based on natural history collections: practical guidelines and a Lepidopteran case study.” In Review.

Vaughn Shirey, Elise Larsen, Andra Doherty, Clifford A. Kim, Faisal T. Al-Sulaiman, Jomar D. Hinolan, Micael Gabriel A. Itliong, Mark Arcebal K. Naive, Minji Ku, Michael Belitz, Grace Jeschke, Vijay Barve, Gerardo Lamas, Akito Y. Kawahara, Robert Guralnick, Naomi E. Pierce, David J. Lohman, Leslie Ries. (2022) Lep Traits 1.0: Butterfly Traits 1.0: A globally comprehensive dataset of butterfly traits. Scientific Data 9:382

V. Shirey, R. Khelifa, L.K. M’Gonigle, and M.L. Guzman. 2022. ”Utilizing occupancy-detection models with museum specimen data: promise and pitfalls.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Online early).


Larsen, E.A., V. Shirey. 2021. Method matters: pitfalls in analysing phenology from occurrence records. Ecology Letters 24:1287-1289

Mason Jr., SC, V. Shirey, L. Ponisio, and J.K. Gelhaus. 2021. "Responses from bees, butterflies, and ground beetles to different fire and site characteristics: A global meta-analysis." Biological Conservation 261.

Larsen, E., Shirey, V. In Press. Method matters: pitfalls in analyzing phenology from occurrence records. Ecology Letters

Shirey, V., Carvalho, A. P. S., & Kawahara, A. Y. (2021). Early Evidence for Sexually Dimorphic, Ultraviolet Eyespots in Parnassius smintheus. The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 75(3), 215-217.

Shirey, V., M. Belitz, V. Barve, R. Guralnick. 2021. "A complete inventory of North American butterfly occurrence data: narrowing data gaps, but increasing bias." Ecography 44(4), 537-547.


Shirey, V. , Belitz, M., Barve, V., Guralnick, R. 2020. "Closing gaps but increasing bias in North American butterfly inventory completeness" In Review.


Shirey, V. , Seppälä, S., Veiga Branco, V., Cardoso, P. 2019. "Current GBIF occurrence data demonstrates both promise and limitations for potential red listing of spiders." Biodiversity Data Journal.

Cardoso, P., Shirey, V. , Seppälä, S., et al. 2019. Globally distributed occurrences utilized in 200 spider species conservation profiles (Arachnida, Araneae). Biodiversity Data Journal (7): e33264


Shirey, V. 2018. Visualizing natural history collection data provides insight into collection development and bias. Biodiversity Data Journal, (6).

Seltmann, K., Lafia, S., Paul, D., ... Shirey, V., et al. 2018. Georeferencing for Research Use (GRU): An integrated geospatial training paradigm for biocollections researchers and data providers. Research Ideas and Outcomes 4: e32449.