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In the lab with Emilie Snell-Rood

Growing up in Virginia, Emilie Snell-Rood dreamed of studying birds – she even dressed up as an ornithologist one Halloween. But in grad school insects caught her imagination, and she hasn’t looked back. Her work is driven by a concern for survival in an era when human-induced changes threaten individuals, populations, and entire ecosystems. “I’m worried about habitat loss and the loss of biodiversity,” Snell-Rood says. “A lot of species are resilient; they have been dealing with environmental variation for millions of years. But a lot can’t. This research will help us know where they are, where to focus our efforts, how to design refuges.”   Visit the Snell-Rood lab website.