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About Me

My name is Ayse, and I have been working with butterflies in a research context for the last 5 years. During that time, I've picked up a few things related to butterfly care, anatomy, behavior, and even some butterfly specific scientific methods that I think would be interesting to both scientists and any insect enthusiasts out there. 

Currently, I am a graduate student pursuing a PhD at the University of Chicago where I work in the Kronforst lab. In fact, most of the content I am able to post on this page is thanks to the awesome resources available to me at the University and in lab! Beyond butterflies, I am interested in the relationship between species diversity and molecular evolution. My current projects involve studying the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus.