Research Snapshot: The intersection of immune function and thermal stress

We are challenging silver spotted skipper caterpillars by inserting a filament that mimics a parasitoid for individuals that do and do not experience a heatwave. Then, we follow each caterpillar to determine how strong their immune response is (based on the amount of melanin deposited on the filament) and also if this impacts their survivorship or development rate.

This is a new area of research for the Ries lab being led by graduate student Grace Jeschke.

Check out this video of the experimental process:


Status: Active
Research Area(s): Experimental Thermal Ecology
Start Year: 2021
Key Personnel: Cliff Kim, Grace Jeschke