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Dr. Karen Oberhauser

Students in my lab study many aspects of insect, particularly monarch butterfly, biology and conservation. Our work involves basic biology, particularly relationships between monarchs and natural enemies (predators, parasites and parasitoids); and anthropogenic impacts of pesticides, landuse changes, and climate change on monarchs and other pollinators. We are also involved in a variety of programs focused on engaging the broader public, particularly K-12 students and teachers, in inquiry-based science. To this end, we conduct workshops, develop educational materials, and run a large citizen science program called the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. I would be especially interested in taking another student in fall 2011 with interests in host-parasitoid dynamics, and have a proposal pending that would provide research support on this topic. For more details, see my website: