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Biology Colloquium

Biology Colloquium Series

Biology Colloquium - The biology colloquium meets regularly during the academic year for lectures and discussions led by visiting scholars, faculty, and student researchers.

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Luther senior Hughes at summer internship with Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Luther senior Hughes completes internship at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Abbie Hughes, Luther College senior, completed a summer internship with the aquatics department of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Originally from Aitkin, Minnesota, Hughes graduated from Aitkin High School. She is the daughter of Don and Cathy Hughes of Aitkin, Minnesota. In her internship, Hughes was responsible for the care of harbor seals, California sea lions, polar bears, African penguins and tufted puffins. Hughes gained an appreciation of zoos and their conservation efforts through the internship opportunity. In the future, Hughes would like to help conserve animal species facing extinction or threats due to climate change.

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Monarch Banding Sunday Sept 17 in Anderson Prairie

The migration of the monarch butterflies to Mexico has begun, and the Luther College entomology class will host a monarch butterfly migration banding event in Anderson Prairie on the Luther College campus from 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

The monarch butterfly has declined dramatically over the past 20 years, and efforts are being made across Iowa to increase monarch abundance by providing suitable habitat that includes nectar sources for adult butterflies and milkweed for the caterpillars.

This event, open to the public, will help provide data on the fall migration of this unique and well-known butterfly.

Participants should check in at the parking lot behind Shirley Baker Commons, where butterfly nets can be checked out to capture monarchs. Turn into the driveway/parking lot across College Drive from the main entrance to the college. Travel to the top of the hill and park.  In case of cloudy or rainy weather, the event will be cancelled.

Contact Kirk Larsen, Luther professor of biology, with questions at [email protected].

Elizabeth Glennon

Luther junior Glennon receives funding from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to study monarch butterfly use of milkweeds

Monarch butterfly populations increase dramatically over the course of several generations each summer in Iowa, then early each fall the adults travel about 2,000 miles south to Mexico to spend the winter. This unique migratory phenomenon is threatened due to a dramatic decline in the monarch populations.  Elizabeth Glennon, Luther College junior of Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, is studying butterfly diversity in prairies and specifically the use of milkweeds by monarch butterflies as part of her summer research at the college.

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Russ Rulon

Biology Remembers Russ Rulon

The Luther College Biology Department mourns the death of Dr. Russell Ross Rulon, Professor Emeritus of Biology, who passed away on November 22, 2016, in Decorah. 

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