Published Thu 7/26/18
Urban Nature, a web series featuring UChicago evolutionary biologist Marcus Kronforst, PhD, has received a Pete Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club.
Published Mon 3/25/19
The digital series explores overlooked ecosystems and hidden wildlife in urban settings around the country.
Published Mon 3/20/17
In WTTW's new 16-episode digital series Urban Nature, UChicago evolutionary biologist Marcus Kronforst leads audiences on a tour of overlooked ecosystems in America's cities.
Published Wed 1/13/21
New study identifies genetic markers associated with female color pattern polymorphism in the butterfly species Elymnias hypermnestra.
Published Thu 10/25/18
Scientists from UChicago use genetic analysis and CRISPR/Cas9 editing to identify a gene that controls wing color mimicry in butterflies.
Monarch butterflies raised in captivity may be worse at migrating south than wild monarchs raised outdoors
Published Thu 8/6/20
New research provides clearer picture of the migration behavior of commercially and wild-derived monarchs and the effects of indoor rearing on ability to fly south.
Published Mon 6/24/19
Commercially-bred monarchs are genetically distinct from wild counterparts and do not fly southward, even in offspring raised in natural, outdoor conditions.
Published Mon 9/18/17
Using CRISPR gene editing tools, scientists from several institutions show how the loss of a single gene affects wing patterns across seven different butterfly species
Published Wed 3/5/14
March 5, 2014: A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists from the University of Chicago, March 5 in Nature. Surprisingly, the gene described, doublesex, is already well-known for its critical role in sexual differentiation in insects.
Published Wed 11/8/17
A rare genetic inversion 2 million years ago helped Asian swallowtail butterflies develop different wing patterns to disguise themselves from predators