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UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center to host Research and Management Seminar

February 28, 2011

Ryan Welch, outreach coordinator, UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, 319-273-3828,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Priya Shahani, program coordinator of the Monarch Joint Venture at the University of Minnesota, will speak at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, at the University of Northern Iowa's Tallgrass Prairie Center. Her lecture, titled "Monarch Biology, Conservation Needs, and the Monarch Joint Venture" is part of the Natural Resources Research and Management Seminar Series, sponsored by the Tallgrass Prairie Center.

Over the past few decades, monarch butterflies have become the focus of increasing conservation concern. Recently, a number of agencies and organizations teamed together to form the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV), a partnership effort to conserve the monarch and its migration across the nation. Shahani will introduce the basics of monarch biology and their migration, as well as the conservation challenges that face monarchs. She will also discuss recent efforts of the MJV to understand monarch population trends using citizen science data.

Shahani is the national program coordinator for the MJV. Previously, she worked as a natural areas ecologist for a system of conservation lands managed by Washington state's Department of Natural Resources, designing habitat restoration projects and conducting research focused on protecting the endangered species and ecosystems of Eastern Washington. She holds a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California-Santa Cruz, where her research focused on pollination and population biology of rare and sensitive plants.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ryan Welch, outreach coordinator at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, at 319-273-3828 or