Aramee Diethelm is a third-year PhD student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology department at UNR in Dr. Elizabeth Pringle’s lab. She is currently investigating the inflence of milkweed species (Asclepias spp.) on predation rates of Western monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Her previous work has explored the interacting effects of herbivory and drought on the above-ground chemistry and physical characteristics of narrowleaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis). Her primary research interests lie in the intraspecific chemical variation within plant species, particularly in relationship to water stress and other environmental conditions. Aramee is also broadly interested in the chemically mediated communication that occurs between plants and insects, and how climate change is altering plant-insect dynamics.
MY LATEST RESEARCH
I'm a currently investigating the above-ground chemistry and distinct physical characteristics of four milkweed (Asclepias spp.) species found in northern Nevada. I'm also analyzing how differences both within and among the species influence the use of plants by the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) for oviposition behavior.
As a first-year PhD student, I examined the interacting effects of herbivory and drought on the above-ground chemistry and physical characteristics of narrowleaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) as well as the intraspecific variation of individual plants from populations across an environmental gradient.