Niranjana Krishnan

Graduate Assistant-Research
Niranjana Krishnan

I am a Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Steven Bradbury to assess the toxicity and risk of insecticides on monarch butterfly larvae. This will help identify ideal locations for milkweed placements in agricultural landscapes.

Because the landscape in the Midwest is mainly agricultural, milkweed is increasingly likely to be planted close to crop fields, where both the plant and monarchs may be impacted by insecticides. Niranjana is working to determine if it is more beneficial to have a buffer zone around crop fields to prevent milkweed and monarchs from being contaminated, or if we should forego the buffer zone and plant habitat close to crop fields, which would provide monarchs more resources, but increase their likelihood of being exposed to insecticides.


Area of Expertise: 
Toxicology & Entomology
B.Sc., Microbiology, Mumbai University, 2011
M.Sc., Biomedical Genetics, Vellore Institute of Technology, 2013
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