Since 2011, MSI PI Emilie Snell-Rood, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, has collected butterflies around the country. She and her lab compared butterfly traits to try to determine how nutrition affected them and their development. This study is notable for its huge number of species. A story about this research appeared recently in the Minnesota Daily: Butterfly research peers into evolution.
Professor Snell-Rood is using MSI resources as part of genetics investigations studying how food sources may change insect populations.