Former Staff and Students
Michelle Solensky graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1996 with a B.S. in Biology. She joined the monarch lab in 1997, and earned a PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in 2003. Working with Dr. Karen Oberhauser as her graduate advisor, Michelle studied the reproductive behavior of monarch butterflies, with a focus on post-copulatory female choice and sperm competition. Michelle taught at the College of Wooster (Ohio) from 2004-2009, and now lives in North Dakota where she has been a professor in the biology department at the University of Jamestown since 2009. She teaches Animal Behavior, Invertebrate Zoology, Field Ecology of Costa Rica, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Michelle still raises monarchs most summers, and these monarchs often find their way into local classrooms or a butterfly tent at a university event!