Monarch Butterfly Migration: Unsolved Mysteries of a Familiar Story

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Date(s) - January 9, 2019, Wednesday
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Room 125


Although the story of the monarch butterfly migration is known to many, there are still many mysteries left to be solved about how this spectacular feat is achieved. In this talk, I will discuss how classical behavioral and physiological analyses are being combined with modern molecular, genetics and genomics tools to reveal hidden details of monarch migration biology. I will also reflect on ways we can use this information to promote science education and support monarch conservation efforts.

Dr. AndrĂ© Green II is the President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U-M Ann Arbor. He obtained his B.S. in biology from MIT and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University (with Dr. Cassandra Extavour). He conducted postdoctoral work with Dr. Marcus Kronforst of the University of Chicago, where he first began working with monarchs. AndrĂ© is broadly interested in understanding how complex traits are constructed through the process of evolution, with a keen interest in traits in insects (butterflies, fruit flies).