Butterfly Saliva
Butterfly Saliva

Collecting saliva from the proboscis of H. melpomene to investigate the evolutionary origins of pollen feeding.

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Science!
Science!

Grad students Desiree and Andrew make the most of lab fashion.

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Monarch eggs
Monarch eggs

Eggs are laid on milkweed in the lab

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Butterfly Saliva
Butterfly Saliva

Collecting saliva from the proboscis of H. melpomene to investigate the evolutionary origins of pollen feeding.

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Evolutionary genomics in butterflies, moths, and beyond…

Our lab is based in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) department at the University of Kansas (KU).  Our research combines advanced genomic methodologies with basic organismal biology to better understand evolutionary processes at the molecular level.  Mostly we work with butterflies and moths on questions related to sex chromosome evolution and reproductive traits, but there are lots of other interesting questions and critters that would be welcome in our lab.  Check out what we do, and definitely get in touch if you would like to work with us.  The lab is ready to grow!

 

We have an excellent and broadly scoped research community here at KU.  Research in our home department, EEB, ranges from population genetics to ecosystem ecology.  Beyond EEB, our lab maintains strong connections to programs and researchers in Molecular Biosciences, Computational Life Sciences, the Biodiversity Institute, and Monarch Watch. This network of expertise, resources, and collaborators creates a dynamic scientific and learning environment.  Contact Jamie Walters to learn more about joining the lab.