Julia joined the Monarch lab in 2015 to pursue a PhD in Conservation Biology. She studies remnant prairies and the effects that burning and conservation grazing have on pollinator communities, particularly butterflies. Julia graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD in 2012 with a B. A. in Liberal Arts and spent several years as a lab and field technician with the University of Minnesota and the U. S. Geological Survey studying pollinators. She worked as a Naturalist at the Washington Island Art and Nature Center in Wisconsin throughout highschool and college and grew up raising honeybees and making maple syrup. She is excited to be working with so many wonderful people in the Monarch lab who are dedicated to research, conservation, and education!