Grace Pitman

MSc Candidate (2015-present)

Image 5Monarch butterfly populations have dramatically
declined with the disappearance of their larval host plant, milkweed. For my MSc I plan to investigate how monarch butterflies are selecting habitats across different landscapes and the gender-specific habitat preferences. Monarch butterflies can travel over a kilometer a day making tracking their movements very difficult. The Motus radio telemetry array ( allows radio-tagged individual butterflies to be tracked in continuous-time as they move between landscape types and milkweed densities. By understanding the habitat selection of monarch butterflies, optimal milkweed planting strategies can be developed in effort to preserve this iconic butterfly.

For my undergraduate honours thesis I studied hilltopping behaviour in diptera and hymenoptera on Blue Mountain in Leeds and Grenville County, Ontario.

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