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Ayse Trolander  

Ayse Tenger-Trolander

Department of Ecology & Evolution
University of Chicago
1101 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637



Biographical Sketch  

I completed my bachelor of arts in biology at Carleton College in 2011. I am currently a 4th year PhD student in the department of Ecology and Evolution. Generally, I am interested in studying the relationship between species diversity and molecular evolution. Currently I am studying the evolution of Monarch butterfly behavior, specifically the genetics of migration and how it relates to inter and intraspecies diversity. In 2015, I received a National Sciences Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Westerman*, E.L, N. VanKuren*, D. Massardo, A. Tenger-Trolander, W. Zhang, R. I. Hill, M. Perry, E. Bayala, K. Barr, N. Chamberlain, T. E. Douglas, N. Buerkle, S. Palmer & M. R. Kronforst. Aristaless controls butterfly wing color variation used in mimicry and mate choice. Current Biology, 2018. *Equal contribution.

Westerman, E., Letchinger, R., Tenger-Trolander, A., Massardo, D., Palmer, D., Kronforst, M.R. Does Male Preference play a role in maintaining female limited polymorphism in a Batesian mimetic butterfly?. Behavioural Processes 150,  47-58 (2018).

Kunte, K.*, Zhang, W.*, Tenger-Trolander, A., Palmer, D.H., Martin, A., Reed, R.D., Mullen, S.P., and Kronforst, M.R. Doublesex is a mimicry supergene. Nature 507, 229-232 (2014).

Heliconius Genome Consortium. Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species. Nature 497, 94-98 012.

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