Sep 082016

529th Monthly Meeting

September 16th, 2016

University of Connecticut

All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
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  • 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
  • Biology and Physics Building room 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269
  • Please park in the lot near the visitor’s center (across from North Garage). Parking on the road, or in student lots near the dorms, risks getting a ticket.


  • 6:00pm at Willington Pizza, 25 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT 06279


Speaker: Brigette Zacharczenko

Title: The systematics of Acronictinae and the evolution of larval defenses in Acronicta

Summary: While the end is in sight, the dissertation isn’t quite fully cooked – so you will be treated to a summary and teasers for Brigette’s final dissertation defense, anticipated in November of this year.  She will discuss the process of her research on Lepidoptera, as well as some of the results. The journey will be filled with humor, hard work, and an appreciation for how everything takes longer than you think. And hopefully, you’ll feel enticed to attend the real thing!

BIO: Former CES president Brigette Zacharczenko has a BSc from McGill University, and is nearly done with her PhD at UConn under the tutelage of Dr. Wagner. She studies the evolution of larval defenses in the moth genus Acronicta, the Dagger Moths. Her research has focused on the construction of molecular phylogenies, morphological analyses, behavioral experiments, and the utilization of specimen collections. She is also known for her extracurricular hobbies: powerlifting, sewing, and her fiancé Dillon. She is on the job hunt in order to continue her professional and personal life here in CT, and hopes to remain an active member in the society.

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