Professor of Biology John Lill and his researchers collect roughly 3,000 caterpillars each summer to study the relationship between the herbivore diet and survival. Caterpillars are susceptible to parasitoid insects like bees and wasps, and their place in the ecological structure can affect much larger organisms like the nearly wiped-out American chestnut tree[KB1] .
Phoebe Elizaga, BS ’20, embarked on a six-day trek with fellow students to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and raise money for childhood cancer research. The biology major hiked through five different ecosystems, from rainforest to alpine desert to arctic snowcap, along the journey to scale the 19,341-foot mountain.
Ruth Weintraub Professor of Biology Gustavo Hormiga’s lab includes several PhD students in biology. Hormiga takes regular expeditions to study spiders in the Juan Fernandez Islands off the coast of Chile. Since 2013, Hormiga has discovered 11 new spider species on the islands. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, BBC News and Science and received a $422,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.