Marcus is a Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution and the lab PI. His research focuses on the genetics and evolution of mimicry and speciation in butterflies. He and the members of his lab apply a combination of molecular and population genetics, genomics, functional genetics, genome editing and behavioral studies to address questions regarding the evolutionary history and mechanistic basis of adaptation and speciation.
Isabella is studying the evolution of development in Heliconius butterflies.
Paula is a Ph.D. student in the Ecology & Evolution graduate training program. Paula is studying the evolution and genetics of plant/insect interactions.
Wei is a Ph.D. student in the Ecology & Evolution graduate program. Wei’s research focuses on the evolution and genetics of mating behavior in Heliconius butterflies.
Darli is the lab manager and a research scientist with areas of expertise that include genomics and genome editing.
Lily is studying the genetic control of Heliconius color patterning.
Cristian is studying monarch butterfly migration behavior.
Annika is studying how climate change impacts interactions between butterflies and their host-plants.
Tim is an NIH NRSA Post-doctoral fellow studying interactions between pierid butterflies and their Brassicaceae host-plants.
Amelia is studying the molecular interactions between pierid butterflies and their host-plants.
Sofia is a Ph.D. student in the Ecology & Evolution graduate program. She is studying the evolution and development of supergene mimicry in swallowtail butterflies.
Hsiang-Yu is a Ph.D. student in the Ecology & Evolution graduate program. Hsiang-Yu is studying the environmental and molecular determinants of monarch butterfly migration behavior.
Nick is investigating the functional genomics of swallowtail supergene mimicry and the genetic basis of mate preference in Heliconius.
Piper is a lab and greenhouse assistant and our designated butterfly herder!
Mochi is our calm, soothing lab therapy dog (well, that’s what we aspire to at least 😀).