Kelly Nail


How long have you been studying/working on insect cold hardiness?

Since my first summer of research in 2011.

What insect(s) do you study?

The Eastern North American population of monarchs (Danaus plexippus)

What is your main research?

My research involves looking at the cold hardiness of immature monarchs (eggs, larvae, and pupae), since there are some monarchs that breed and overwinter and in the southern US (rather than Mexico) and are thus likely to be exposed to colder temperatures than they otherwise would in their immature stages. I am currently working on determining the indirect effects of cooler temperatures on monarchs through rearing monarchs on milkweed grown at different temperatures. I hope to determine whether overwintering in Texas is a sustainable strategy through my cold tolerance experiments and degree day modeling.

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