Animals vary dramatically in size and weight, inhabit a variety of environments (e.g. air, water, terrestrial) and experience fluctuating environmental conditions. All animals need to move their bodies through these variable environments and most do so quite well. We seek to understand the morphological and physiological adaptations that allow animals to optimally support and move their body, and how these mechanisms are affected by the biotic and abiotic environment. Projects in the lab focus mainly on flying insects, but we sometimes dabble in work with other organisms as well.

We are looking for a graduate student to examine effects of larval host plant toxicity on the flight physiology of adult Monarch and other butterflies. Interested students should contact Schilder directly at rjs360|at|psu|dot|edu.