Title of Research Output

Ecology and Genetics of Three Canadian Butterflies: An Intro

Faculty

Science

Supervisor Name

Nusha Keyghobadi

Keywords

molecular ecology, population dynamics, Mottled Duskywing, Bog Copper, Rocky Mountain Apollo

Description

Canadian butterflies are an iconic and well-loved group of insects. Understanding species ecological tendencies and genetic makeup is crucial for conservation and sustainability of butterfly populations on a large scale. Even having a brief overview of select butterfly species deepens one's appreciation for these small creatures. My USRI project focused on mark-recapture programs to study population dynamics and genetic sampling for the Mottled Duskywing, Bog Copper, and Rocky Mountain Apollo butterflies, as well as PCR testing for the presence of Wolbachia, an infectious bacteria, in Mottled Duskywing.

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Dr. Nusha Keyghobadi, Shayla Kroeze, the Western University USRI program, and the Faculty of Science for their kindness and support.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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Poster

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Ecology and Genetics of Three Canadian Butterflies: An Intro

Canadian butterflies are an iconic and well-loved group of insects. Understanding species ecological tendencies and genetic makeup is crucial for conservation and sustainability of butterfly populations on a large scale. Even having a brief overview of select butterfly species deepens one's appreciation for these small creatures. My USRI project focused on mark-recapture programs to study population dynamics and genetic sampling for the Mottled Duskywing, Bog Copper, and Rocky Mountain Apollo butterflies, as well as PCR testing for the presence of Wolbachia, an infectious bacteria, in Mottled Duskywing.