April 23, 2024: First field trip of the season - successful!

Our first collecting trip of the season was to Green Ridge State Forest to catch silvery blues for our study of genetic patterns across our species' range. We were able to find five individuals for our study and discovered a beautiful park that...

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April 09, 2024: Alumnus Kevin Czuchara returns!

Kevin, now at USFWS working with DOD to manage habitat and species, is back to work on a collaborative project with Anngely, picking up his lab Baltimore Checkerspot work where we left off! Welcome back Kevin!

April 04, 2024: Planting caterpillar food

Lab members are busy preparing for this summer's experimental work raising butterflies. Recently, several lab members headed to a nearby campus garden to plant Chelone glabra (White Turtlehead) seedlings, a plant eaten by Euphydryas...

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March 04, 2024: New Global Change Bio publication

Check out lab alumnus Vaughn's latest publication of PhD dissertation research.
Rising minimum temperatures contribute to 50 years of occupancy decline among cold-adapted Arctic and boreal butterflies in North America (published in Global...

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October 14, 2023: Leslie is excited to start an NSF rotator position

Leslie will be working 80% time at NSF in the Division of Biological Infrastructure to help devise a new system for assessing project outcomes for infrastructure awards. Building infrastructure is an essential component of supporting research...

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August 30, 2023: Welcome Anngely

The Ries Lab welcomes new graduate student Anngely Leeds to Georgetown! Anngely will be presenting past work at the Entomology 2023 conference in November.

August 25, 2023: Congratulations Dr. Shirey!

Belated congratulations to Dr. Vaughn Shirey, who passed their dissertation defense with flying colors on May 12. Vaughn has been an integral part of the Ries Lab, and know that they will continue to do incredible work for the insect...

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August 25, 2023: Vaughn named a 2023 Smith Fellow

Congratulations to Vaughn for being one of five outstanding scientists receiving the 2023 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship...

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April 12, 2022: Celebration for Cliff and Arshan

Both Cliff and Arshan were accepted into Georgetown medical school! We went to the monarch-themed Oyamel restaurant to celebrate. Delicious! It was the first lab meal since Grace came to interview to join the lab (in summer 2019!!).

April 06, 2022: Ries lab update

We have several papers and a new grant funded since we last posted an article! See our publications and Grants pages for details. We are going to be starting rearing experiments as part of a 5-institution collaboration. More details to come......