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Margot Popecki

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Doctoral Student

Research Interests:

Fireflies communicate with their mates using flashes or glows of light. For optimal detection during mating displays, each species emits a specific light color ranging from green to orange. To understand more about firefly signal evolution, I am studying how this range of light color is produced. Our research integrates behavior, field biology, and comparative transcriptomics.

Teaching & Outreach:

I support the Writing Intensive Program as a Teaching Assistant and volunteer with EcoReach (student-led outreach group).


Dr. Kathrin Stanger-Hall and Dr. John Wares


BSc, Neuroscience & Behavior 2015

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Articles Featuring Margot Popecki

Margot Popecki is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences studying the evolution of light signaling in fireflies. Her major professors are John Wares and Kathrin Stranger-Hall.

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