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Marcus Kronforst

Marcus Kronforst is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution and the lab PI. His research focuses on the genetics and evolution of mimicry and speciation in butterflies. He and the members of his lab apply a combination of molecular and population genetics, phylogenetics, behavioral studies, and field research to address questions regarding evolution and genetics of adaptation and speciation.

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  Marcus Kronforst

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Kronforst Lab. Wei joined the group in July 2012 and her main project is computational analyses of speciation and mimicry genetics in swallowtail butterflies based on genomic data.

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  Wei Zhang

Erica Westerman

Erica Westerman is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Kronforst Lab. Erica joined the group in September 2012 and her work focuses on the genetic basis of mimicry and mate choice in Heliconius butterflies.

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  Erica Westerman

Min Zhang

Min Zhang is a visiting researcher from China. Min’s research focuses on exploring the function of candidate wing patterning genes in butterflies.

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  Min Zhang

Daniela Palmer

Daniela is a second year graduate student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Her work focuses on the evolution of supergene mimicry in Papilio polytes.

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  Daniela Palmer

Giselle Garcia

Giselle Garcia is a research technician in the lab. She joined in April 2013 after completing her Bachelors of Science in evolutionary biology at the Evergreen State College. She works on the genetic basis of wing pattern mimicry and keeping all the butterflies in the greenhouse happy.

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  Giselle Garcia

Sumitha Nallu

Sumitha Nallu is a research laboratory manager in the Kronforst lab. Sumitha joined the group in August 2013. Her research interests are in coevolutionary dynamics of host-herbivore interactions and molecular genetics of mimicry in butterflies. Besides research, she coordinates various research activities in the lab.

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  Sumitha Nallu

Roberto Márquez

Roberto Márquez is a PhD student in the department of Ecology and Evolution. He joined the Kronforst Lab in September 2013 to work on the evolution and genetic basis of aposematic phenotypes, especially coloration and toxicity, in Poison Frogs. 

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  Roberto Marquez

Laura Southcott

Laura Southcott joined the lab in 2013 as a PhD student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Her research interests include the genetic architecture of speciation, the role of behaviour in reproductive isolation, and the genetics of mimicry.

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  Laura Southcott

Riva Letchinger

Riva Letchinger is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the lab.  Riva joined our lab in February 2013 and her current research focuses on butterfly mate choice behavior.

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  Riva Letchinger

Kristine Don

Kristine Don is an undergraduate research assistant in the lab. Kristine joined our group in January 2014 and her project is on host-herbivore interactions.

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  Kristine Don
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