Brian Scholtens

Professor, Associate Chair

Address: RITA 211


M.S., Ph.D. - University of Michigan

B.A. - Central College


Research Interests

Plant-insect interactions and the faunistics and systematics of the Lepidoptera.

Courses Taught

BIO 152: Honors Biology
BIO 211: Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Biology
BIO 338: Entomology


Durden, L. A., J. A. Hyatt, B. G. Scholtens, and J. K. Adams. 2020. Butterfly biodiversity on Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA. Southeastern Naturalist 19: 90-102.

Jolls, C. L., J. N. Inkster, B. G. Scholtens, P. Vitt and K. Havens. 2019. An endemic plant and the plant-insect visitor network of a dune ecosystem. Global Ecology and Conservation 18 e00603: 1-11.

Culin, J. D., B. G. Scholtens and J. A. Snyder.  2018. Moth (Lepidoptera) diversity of Congaree National Park. Southeastern Naturalist 17 (Monograph 11): 1-78.

Scholtens, B. G. and M. Sabourin. 2016. Moths of the Douglas Lake region (Emmet and Cheboygan Counties), Michigan: VII. Tortricidae (Lepidoptera). Great Lakes Entomol. 49: 59-77.

Scholtens, B. G. and M. A. Solis. 2015. Annotated check list of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) of America north of America. Zookeys 535: 1-136.

Roe, A. D., T. J. Simonsen, B. G. Scholtens, F. A. H. Sperling, and S. J. Weller. 2015. Phycitinae phylogeny based on two genes, with implications for morphological trait evolution and Heinrich’s tribal classification (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). J. Lepid. Soc. 69: 157-172.


Solis, M. A., E. D. Cashatt, and B. G. Scholtens. 2013. New North American Chrysauginae (Pyralidae) described by E. D. Cashatt. Zookeys 344: 55-71.

Streby, H. M., S. M. Peterson, B. G. Scholtens, A. P. Monroe, and D. E. Andersen. 2013. The ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) as a model for testing food value theory. Amer. Midl. Nat. 169: 214-220.

Scholtens, B. G. 2012. The moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) – The bioblitzes of 2004 and 2011. Pp. 12-14; 141-175 in D. S. Chandler, D. Manski, C. Donahue, and A. Alyokhin (eds.), Biodiversity of the Schoodic Peninsula: Results of the insect and arachnid bioblitzes at the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, Maine. Maine Agri. For. Exp. Sta. Tech. Bull. 206.

Yang, Z., J.-F. Landry, L. Handfield, Y. Zhang, M.A. Solis, D. Handfield, B. G. Scholtens, M. Mutanen, M. Nuss and P. D. N. Herbert. 2012. DNA barcoding and morphology reveal three cryptic species of Anania (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Pyraustinae) in North America, all distinct from their European counterpart. Syst. Entomol. 37: 687-705.

Solis, M. A., B. G. Scholtens, J. K. Adams and D. H. Funk. 2010. First report of Ecpyrrhorrhoe puralis (South) (Pyraloidea: Crambidae: Pyraustinae) in North America: a naturalized exotic pyrautine from Asia feeding on Paulownia Siebold & Zucc.. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 64: 33-35.

Scholtens, B. G. 2009. Insects: strength in numbers. Chpt. 15 in K. J. Nadelhoffer, A. J. Hogg, Jr. and B. A. Hazlett (eds.), The changing environment of northern Michigan. A century of science and nature at the University of Michigan Biological Station. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. 240pp.

Scholtens, B. G. and D. L. Wagner. 2007. Lepidoptera of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: methods and results of the inventory. Southeastern Naturalist Special issue 1: 193-206.

Scholtens, B. G., J. Reznik and J. Holland. 2006. Factors affecting the distribution of the threatened Lake Huron Locust (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Journal of Orthoptera Research 14: 45-52.