Joseph Hanly’s paper titled “Conservation and flexibility in the gene regulatory landscape of Heliconiine butterfly wings” has been accepted to EvoDevo! Big congratulations!
Congratulations to Tim Thurman for having his paper accepted
to the Journal of Evolutionary Biology! His paper titled, “Movement of a Heliconius
hybrid zone over 30 years: a Bayesian approach” was published after much blood,
sweat, and tears. The next time you’re in Panama, Tim, drinks are on us!
Jessica was recently awarded the STRI short-term fellowship to carry out a project studying longevity and cognitive decline in Heliconius butterflies. Working under the supervision of both Dr. Owen McMillan and Dr. Stephen Montgomery of the Evolution of Brains and Behaviour (EBAB) lab in Cambridge, she will study the effects of age on learning and memory tests in both Heliconius and Dryas butterflies, with the aim of investigating a potential differential senescence in cognitive ability between the two genera. Will the physiological robustness conferred upon Heliconius by their pollen-feeding behaviour translate to a similar robustness in cognitive ability compared to their non-pollen-feeding close relatives?