May 30, 2018: Two rounds of surveys completed for Hurricane Harvey impact study

Jeff Pippen and Ries Lab members Naresh Neupane and Andra Doherty completed over 120 surveys at sites in southeast Texas this spring to help study the impact Hurricane Harvey had on insect resources and butterfly populations.

March 15, 2018: Ries lab studying Hurricane Harvey impact on TX Monarch resources

Dr. Ries recently visited the wintering grounds of Monarchs in Oyamel forests of Mexico, witnessing the millions of Monarchs preparing for the spring migration.

The Ries lab is actively engaged in Monarch research and conservation, working...

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March 06, 2018: Meeting on phenological mismatch

Members of the Ries lab were at University of Florida March 2-4, busy laying the groundwork for our collaborative research in phenological mismatch across trophic levels.
After a productive meeting,...

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January 04, 2018: Ries lab recommended for funding on Hurricane Harvey project

A recent "RAPID" call for proposals was sent out after the devastating hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria swept through the US. Along with our collaborators, Elise Zipkin and Sarah Saunders at Michigan State University, we will be examining the...

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October 27, 2017: Ries lab launches new website for phenology project

This website will be a way to track progress and output from a new collaborative grant focused on phenological mismatch across trophic levels and scales. (

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October 25, 2017: Ries Lab hosts ButterflyNet Meeting

The Ries Lab is part of a multi-institution collaborative project (ButterflyNet) to aggregate data on phylogeny, distribution and traits. The most recent "all-hands" meeting was here at Georgetown (Oct 5-9) and we had 20 attendees!

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September 18, 2017: Ries Lab hosts Phenology meeting

Our recently funded NSF grant on phenological mismatch kicked off this past weekend with all the project partners come together for a great 3-day meeting at Georgetown. In addition to some serious organizational activity, we took a stroll around...

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August 31, 2017: Ries Lab Recruiting

We are looking for two independent and detail-oriented undergraduate research assitants to start as soon as possible in the fall 2017 semester. Research assistants will be paid $12.50/hour and will work on both experimental ecology of...

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June 26, 2017: Where does one find Baltimore Checkerspots? Cape Cod, of course!

Members of the Ries Lab are in Massachusetts to refresh our stock of Baltimore Checkerspots. This species, once common in the region, is now so rare in Maryland that it is considered imperiled statewide. One of the reasons these butterflies are...

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June 19, 2017: National Pollinator Week

June 19-25, 2017 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read more about this here:

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