Kelsey E. Fisher
Entomology PhD Student; Iowa State University
Kelsey's project, “Tracking Monarch Butterflies Through the Iowa Landscape Utilizing an Automated Radio Telemetry System,” researches how monarch butterflies are utilizing the fragmented landscape to support the establishment of biological guidelines for habitat restoration. In order for monarchs to utilize small gardens and newly planted habitat, they must be able to detect their presence. She will track monarchs with active radio telemetry technology to understand their perception of distance and navigational patterns. This will help determine how far apart habitat patches should be planted to increase overall connectivity and provide essential resources. Results from the study will inform conservation and restoration efforts.