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Who's Who in the Monarch Butterfly Study

Who's Who in the Study of the Monarch Butterfly

Professor Dr. Lincoln Brower is an entomologist and research professor at Sweetbriar College in Virginia. He has been “a student and admirer of the monarch butterfly for over 50 years." His current research is on the overwintering, migration and conservation biology of the monarch butterfly.

Chip Taylor, an insect ecologist, is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas and the Founder and Director of Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research and conservation relative to monarch butterflies. Watch this short documentary, Saving the Migration, to learn more about his work and the plight of the Monarch.

Dr. Karen Oberhauser is Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. Karen has been studying monarch butterflies since 1984. She works with teachers and pre-college students in Minnesota and throughout the United States using monarchs to teach about biology, conservation and the process of science.

Catalina Aguado Trail was a citizen scientist from the state of Michoacán in México, and part of the original team who discovered the monarch’s over-wintering grounds. Under the guidance of Dr. Urquhart, Catalina and her husband Ken Brugger spent two years searching the mountains in Central México for the monarch’s winter destination. Their discovery graced the cover of the National Geographic magazine in August 1976.

Xerces Society. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over 50 years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. View or download their comprehensive report on the Conservation and Ecology of the Monarch Butterfly in the United States.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. USFWS has committed to work with its partners, including National Wildlife Federation to restore and enhance more than 200,000 acres of habit for monarch whole supporting over 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens.

Monarch Joint Venture. The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. The MJV is committed to a science-based approach to monarch conservation work, guided by the North American Monarch Conservation Plan (2008).

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