Monarchs make their annual migration as a result of integrating environmental cues with genetically-encoded programs. We leverage next-generation sequencing and novel molecular tools in naturalistic field settings and controlled environmental chambers to elucidate these cues and programs.

You can read more about some of this work: University of Michigan News, Popular Science, the Wildlife Society, and Earthsky.

Recent Publications

  • Green II DA* and Kronforst MR (2019). “Monarch butterflies use an environmentally sensitive, internal timer to control overwintering dynamics.”  Molecular Ecology. (* indicates corresponding author)