My name is Jess and I’m a third year PhD student in biology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my adventures in butterfly biology and share them in a non-technical and exciting way. My broad interests are how organisms can respond to climate change. Specifically I am interested in how butterflies are adapting to deal with a new climate. I work with two species of butterflies in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Colias philodice eriphyle (Clouded sulphur) and Colias meadii (Mead’s sulphur). I really love my research because I spend part of the summer catching these butterflies in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and I spend the later part of the summer conducting experiments with the larvae, or caterpillars of these butterflies in the lab. Recently I’ve been growing caterpillars at different temperatures and on different plants to see how it affects their fitness and survival.
When I’m not doing experiments in the lab I enjoy knitting, reading, doing crafts, and entertaining my two cats Dr. Rosalind Franklin and Dr. Linus Pauling. You can also quite often find me riding my bike around town next to my also a grad student in biology husband named Chris (he studies developmental biology in C. elegans). I hope you will enjoy reading my blog as I tell the story of my research and please leave comments if you have any questions!