Population Biology of Damselflies

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Summary:

I spent 15 months in Sweden studying the blue-tailed damselfly and the effects of temperature on female color-morph ratios.


Project Description:

The impact of global warming on insect populations is a growing area of research. Insects and other ectotherms have proven to be ideal study subjects in this respect because of their relative sensitivity to temperatures, their relatively short generation times and their capacity for rapid genetic change. Under the mentorship of Dr. Erik Svensson at Lund University I studied the damselfly population biology in Sweden where local environments are currently being strongly affected by increasingly hot summers.


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