Vaughn Shirey (any pronouns)

Role: Graduate Student
Status: Current
Current Affiliation: Georgetown University
Current Email:
Start year: 2018
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.



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

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.

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.


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. , 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.


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.