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Biology Colloquium | February 5, 2024

Montane Grasshopper Fitness Constraints in Changing Environments

Dr. Monica Sheffer

Dr. Monica Sheffer
University of California, Berkeley

Darwin Hall 103
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Hosted by Dr. Nathan Rank.

Dr. Sheffer is a molecular environmental biologist and a post-doctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley: 
"I use interdisciplinary approaches to answer questions about animals’ ecology, especially in the context of global climate change and adaptation to extreme and changing conditions. I integrate information from all levels of biological organization: from the molecular and physiological level, up to phenotypic outcomes for individuals, and how those outcomes shape population dynamics. My PhD work at the University of Greifswald in Germany integrated genomics, metabolomics, physiology and microbiology to investigate the success of the wasp spider, Argiope bruennichi, in rapidly colonizing new habitats in northern Europe. In my postdoc research, collaborating with PIs at UC Berkeley, UW Seattle, and UW Madison, I am studying how survival and fecundity constraints vary with elevation in montane grasshoppers along a transect in the Rocky Mountains."