Jaap de Roode's, Nicole Gerardo's and Mark Hunter's grant application on monarch immunity and gut microbiome was recommended for funding by NSF. The aims of the project are to study how milkweeds affect monarch resistance to parasites by altering immunity and gut microbiota.
Belowground mycorrhizal fungi can indirectly affect monarch butterfly disease by altering milkweed chemistry. See Leiling's new paper in Proceedings B and news article in Science.
Kevin and Jaap organized workshops at the Chautauqua Weekend Event on The Rosalynn Butterfly Trail in Plains, Georgia, with President and Mrs. Carter. See photos here.
Jaap started his one-year sabbatical at the University of Amsterdam, and co-authored a Science review on the community ecology of infectious disease.
Amanda is now Dr. Amanda, after having successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations!
Jaap worked on an online lesson on parasites with TED-Ed. See the video to the right and this link to the full lesson.
Members of the de Roode lab will present monarch butterflies at the Wild Poisons Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History on Saturday March 14.
Jaap talked about Darwinian Medicine at the Darwin Day Dinner, organized by the Atlanta Science Tavern.
Male monarchs can pass on food-derived parasite protection from their milkweed food plants to their offspring. See our paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology.
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.
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 (see video on the right). For an interview, see 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.
Monarchs dispersed from North America across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, losing genetic diversity in the process. See our paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B here.
Amanda won 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.
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.
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 during summer 2014.