The Cockrell Butterfly Center and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre are closed for renovations.

Nancy Greig Ph.D.

Botanist and Entomologist

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 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.


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