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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).

Mentors:

Dr. Kathrin Stanger-Hall and Dr. John Wares

Education:

BSc, Neuroscience & Behavior 2015

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

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