Monarch butterfly disease: migration, medication and long-term increases in prevalence
Jaap de Roode obtained an MSc degree in population biology from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He started his lab at Emory University in 2008, where most of his research focuses on the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions. He uses monarch butterflies and honey bees as model systems. Much of his current work focuses on a debilitating parasite of monarch butterflies. Jaap will discuss his research on how monarchs can use medicinal milkweeds and migration to reduce the incidence of infectious disease, and how the incidence of disease has changed over time.