A biologist and entomologist based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
A biologist and entomologist based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Vazrick Nazaristudies insects and evolution.
The University of Alberta awarded him an MSc (2006) and the University of Guelph awarded him a PhD (2011). Some of his main research areas are: Taxonomy, biogeography, molecular systematics, and phylogenetics of Lepidoptera. In addition to cultural entomology, he has an interest in zoology. Butterfly and moth presence and role in world arts and cultures.
He developed a passion for butterflies as a child, and from an early age, he collected and studied these insects. Many of his publications appear in leading journals in his field, including Nature and Science, and he continues to seek new knowledge. His curiosity is piqued by answers to interesting questions.
Vazrick promotes open access to science and works for wildlife conservation organizations. Having a positive impact on others is his greatest joy.
He enjoys helping the homeless, and he hopes to start an NGO dedicated to victims of police brutality someday. He is a community activist. He likes to read, watch movies, and play the guitar.