As Climate Changes, so Could the Genes of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

The reality of climate change poses a significant threat to global biodiversity. As temperatures rise, the survival of individual species will ultimately depend on their ability to adapt to changes in habitat and their interactions with other species.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examines movement of the Eastern (Papilio glaucus) and Canadian (Papilio Canadensis) tiger swallowtail butterfly over a 32-year period within the geographic region where the two species mate, called the hybrid zone. The findings highlight the impact of changing climates and provide critical information for the protection and management of biodiversity.

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February 20, 2018

Science and TechnologyEarth DayBiological SciencesCollege of ScienceEnvironmentJennifer TankMichael PfrenderResearch