Brigette Zacharczenko

Brigette Zacharczenko

Graduate Student, University of Connecticut in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brigette Zacharczenko

 have always been interested in insects - my father trained me from a young age to flip rocks and logs, and how to wield a butterfly net. I went to McGill University for a B.Sc. in Applied Zoology, where I spent much of my time in the Lyman Entomological Museum studying and volunteering.   I am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Connecticut in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. I am studying the phylogenetics and life history traits of a subfamily of Owlet moths, Acronictinae. The moths are generally dull and difficult to identify, while the caterpillars are fabulously diverse in color, shape, and behavior. Some are mimics of other caterpillars, and some completely change morphology between instars. My overall goal is to demonstrate differing rates of evolution between larvae and adults.  My outreach activities have two main branches: my caterpillar blog (about my research), and my sewing business (arthropod-themed handmade plush toys). I also consider every conversation about insects to be an outreach activity!

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