Jade Aster T. Badon, B.S., M.S. is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, USA. He also works as Graduate Research Assistant at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and assists in curation of butterfly specimens collected from Africa, Asia, and Australia. Jade has described new butterfly taxa and published new discoveries in scientific journals. He was born on Negros island and conducted several expeditions while growing up. He conducted his Master’s research on Negros island in 2012 and pursued his doctoral research on the same island. Jade’s research focuses on the population biology and ecology of Philippine butterflies.
Jade Badon is also a National Geographic Young Explorer Awardee.