Marcus Kronforst

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.

Paula Fernandez-Begne
Graduate Student

Paula is a Ph.D. student in the Ecology & Evolution graduate training program. Paula is studying the evolution and genetics of plant/insect interactions.

Claire Fu
Undergraduate Student

Claire is studying the evolution and development of supergene mimicry in swallowtail butterflies.

Wei Lu
Graduate Student

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 Massardo
Lab Manager

Darli is the lab manager and a research scientist with areas of expertise that include genomics and genome editing.

Lillian McHugh
Undergraduate Student

Lily is studying the genetic control of Heliconius color patterning.

Annika Munson
Undergraduate Student

Annika is studying how climate change impacts interactions between butterflies and their host-plants.

Timothy O’Connor
Postdoctoral Associate

Tim is an NIH NRSA Post-doctoral fellow studying interactions between pierid butterflies and their Brassicaceae host-plants.

Amelia Seropian
Undergraduate Student

Amelia is studying the molecular interactions between pierid butterflies and their host-plants.

Sofia Sheikh
Graduate Student

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 Tsai
Graduate Student

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.

Nicholas W. VanKuren
Postdoctoral Associate

Nick is investigating the functional genomics of swallowtail supergene mimicry and the genetic basis of mate preference in Heliconius.

Piper

Piper is a lab and greenhouse assistant and our designated butterfly herder!

Mochi

Mochi is our calm, soothing lab therapy dog (well, that’s what we aspire to at least 😀).