Alex’s focus is on the perceptual range of monarch butterflies as well as oviposition (or egg laying) preference. Using tethered flight experiments as well as overhead cameras, he can determine if the butterfly is able to perceive a presented habitat patch at varying distances. The oviposition study is to conclude whether or not monarchs base some of their egg laying on if the milkweed plant has been contaminated with insecticides.
Area of Expertise:
Natural Resource and Ecology Management
B.S Wildlife Biology, Adams State University
– In Progress – M.S Biology, Iowa State University