Heather Kharouba (English only)
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences
Professor Kharouba leads the , which studies how and why species are responding to global change, including climate change, and what those responses mean for ecological communities. Her research on monarch butterflies has focused on the interaction between the monarch and milkweed.
"This is an important designation from the IUCN. The population dynamics, life cycle and threats facing the monarch are complex, so an increased threat status will hopefully lead to more protection of this species."
Megan Reich (English only)
PhD student, Faculty of Sciences
Megan, a biology student, , creating isotope analysis of monarch butterflies’ annual migration journey, hoping to identify factors behind this threatened insect’s decline.
“In the case of monarchs, multiple reasons for the population decline have been suggested, including deforestation and extreme weather events at the overwintering sites, loss of habitat on the summer breeding grounds, mortality during the southward migration, increased parasitism, and the effects of climate change.”