"2,500 Miles on a Wing and a Prayer: How Do Monarchs Do it, and Can They Continue?"
Speaker/Guide: John Wenzel, Ph.D.
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall
Is this arduous monarch migration sustainable? Hear the scientific facts about this complex behavior and the multi-factorial challenges our modern world presents from John Wenzel, Ph.D., Director of the Powdermill Nature Reserve of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Dr. Wenzel has spent decades studying complex behaviors of insects, and brings a wealth of information about monarchs and their miraculous migration.
Dr. Wenzel graduated Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts, with Honors in 1981 and received his PhD in 1988 from the University Kansas, Department of Entomology. John’s studies of social insects include ants, bees, and wasps, with a focus on the evolution of complex behavior and the organization of work. His career has taken him to many remote locations around the world, with more than three years in the field in tropical America and Africa, and a year in Europe. He has held positions at the University of Georgia, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, and at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. John was with Ohio State Department of Entomology for 17 years. He served as Director of the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity for ten years. John joined the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 2011, at Powdermill Nature Reserve, a 2,200 acre parcel in the Laurel Highland where he has built new education and research programs on forest regeneration and pollinator health.