Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center
Dr. Nancy Greig joined the museum as Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center in 1994. Since 2006 she has also served as the Curator of Entomology.
Dr. Greig is a botanist and entomologist, with a specialty in the interaction between insects, especially butterflies, and plants. She can speak knowledgeably on a variety of subjects, such as butterflies and butterfly gardening, the monarch butterfly migration, pollinating insects, insects in general, tropical plants and their adaptations, and plant ecology in general.
“Insects are critical to human life. Without them, how would most fruits and vegetable plants be pollinated? How would the energy from dead matter be returned to the environment?” said Greig. “It’s incredibly important to get people past the ‘eew’ factor to the realization that insects are vital members of our ecosystem that need to be preserved.”
Dr. Greig recently completed a major renovation of the Museum’s Cockrell Butterfly Center, which transformed the current Live Insect Zoo and Brown Hall of Entomology into an integrated Insect Wing, making the exhibit spaces more kid-friendly and interactive.
Dr. Greig has a B.A. in linguistics, and a Ph.D. in biological sciences, both from the University of Texas, Austin. She has worked at HMNS since 1994 and has served as an adjunct assistant professor of ecology and environmental biology at Rice University since 1998. She is fluent in English and Spanish.