Welcome to the "De Roode" lab at Emory University. We are in the Department of Biology and the Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution graduate program.

We study the ecology and evolution of parasites. Our main focus is on monarch butterflies and their parasites, but we also study parasitic mites of honeybees, parasitoid wasps of fruit flies and malaria parasites. Besides doing research, members of our lab are involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes. We also organize outreach to the community.

    ***Latest news***    

Fall 2014:

  • Erica received a pre-doctoral research development grant from the Social Science Research Council Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives program for her work on the effects of milkweeds on the monarch butterfly microbiome. And Amanda received an EDEN Research Exchange Grant to visit Marcus Kronforst's lab to further her work on monarch migration genetics. Congrats to both!
  • Jaap gave a talk on animal self-medication at TEDYouth in New York. Go to session 1, at 52.40 minutes here: http://new.livestream.com/tedyouth/14en. See more here.
  • Kevin, Michelle, Jaap and his children attended President Jimmy Carter's 90th birthday, at which the new Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter pollinator garden - built in collaboration between the Carter Center, Trees Atlanta and the De Roode lab - was opened. A news story can be found here.
  • Jaap co-authored a paper in Nature that identified genes involved in monarch migration and warning coloration. The paper was a collaboration led by Marcus Kronforst (University of Chicago) and Shuai Zhan (Chinese Academy of Sciences). See news coverage in Nature, Science, the New York Times and National Geographic.
  • Amanda had her paper on monarch butterfly global dispersal accepted in Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B; the paper shows that monarchs dispersed from North America across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, losing genetic diversity in the process. Andrew had his paper on sexual selection - suggesting female monarchs do not choose between sperm from multiple males - accepted in Behavioral Ecology. Eleanore had her paper on trans-generational protection accepted in Journal of Animal Ecology; this paper shows that male monarchs can pass on food-derived parasite protection from their food plants to their offspring, likely through anti-parasitic chemicals.
  • Congratulations to Amanda for winning the first Graduate Program in Biology Academic and Professional Achievement Award.
  • Welcome to Wen-Hao Tan and Signe White who joined the PBEE program and are doing their first research rotations in the De Roode lab, and undergraduate student Sasha Heaven.
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Summer 2014:

  • Several lab members joined Trees Atlanta and Carter Center staff and volunteers to create a pollinator and monarch garden at the Carter Center.
  • Amanda published her paper on monarch butterfly population genetics in Hawaii in PLoS One. The paper can be found here.

Spring 2014:

  • Welcome to Aamina Ahmad, who joined our lab in May. And goodbye to Jessica Nguyen who graduated from Emory.
  • Jaap, Andrew and Camden developed and taught a new 3-week course on insect biology. Read more here.
  • Camden and Andrew both received multiple offers from graduate schools and decided to join the University of Michigan and the University of Kansas respectively. Congratulations and good luck!
  • Erica and Travis received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Many congratulations!
  • Congrats to Michelle and Itai, who were admitted to the SURE program to continue working in the lab this summer

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