Erin did our lab proud with the first RISE talk coming out of the Ries lab. Her project is looking at what is causing Baltimore Checkerspots to lose weight during heatwaves. Are they losing water weight or fat - and what might be the...Read more
December 23, 2019: Erin gives great RISE presentation on Baltimore Checkerspot project
October 14, 2019: Mariana's recent paper is editor's choice at PLoS ONE Climate Forum
Way to go Mariana!! This paper shows that conflicting cues between day length, temperature and food quality can cause confusion for silver-spotted skippers about whether to enter diapause - one of the most important "decisions" that impact an...Read more
September 20, 2019: The Ries Lab goes to the Climate Strike!
We cut our classes (luckily they were canceled!) and I pulled my daughter out of school to join the Climate Strike in DC! It was a beautiful and inspiring day. The crowd really showed the passion they feel for dealing with our climate crisis....Read more
September 04, 2019: Mariana's diapause published today in PLoS ONE!
Great news for Mariana - her paper on skipper diapause was published in PLoS ONE. Way to go Mariana!
July 09, 2019: Big day for publications, not so much for field work.
This week ended a disappointing few days of looking for Baltimore Checkerspots in the field (both in central New York and western Maryland). But our lack of success finding the elusive Euphydryas phaeton was balanced out by two papers being...Read more
June 19, 2019: Vaughn arrives in Whitehorse for the start of his first field season!
Vaughn the intrepid arrived yesterday in Whitehorse and is settling in at the field station in far-western Canada. Tomorrow he heads out to Fairbanks to pick up Carl, his field assistant. Vaughn is going to be traveling around the Yukon this...Read more
June 13, 2019: Leslie attends Monarchs & Milkweed (M&M) meeting at Oaksprings Botanical Library
June 04, 2019: Baltimore checkerspot article published!
A study on the Baltimore checkerspot and its response to heatwaves during different seasons as well as feeding on an inferior, invasive hostplant is now published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. This research, led by Mariana Abarca...Read more
April 25, 2019: Edge effect article disputing common wisdom about predators is online early at Ecology
A study that is a collaboration with our own Biology Department's Gina Wimp and Danny Lewis (as well as Shannon Murphy at Denver University) looking at edge effects on predators just was published online early in Ecology! The study looked at...Read more
April 16, 2019: Mariana gives invited seminar at University of Maryland
Mariana gave a talk in the University of Maryland's Entomology Department. She talked about the research she is doing on Baltimore Checkerspots. UMD has been a center of activity in terms of conservation efforts for the species. There was a...Read more