Michelle Solensky, PhDHonors Program Director & Professor of Biology

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota; BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Phone: 701-252-3467 ext. 5458

Email: msolensk@uj.edu

Having grown up in Jamestown, I was excited to return in 2009 to join the biology faculty at the University of Jamestown.

As a behavioral ecologist, my research has focused primarily on the reproductive behavior of monarch butterflies, and the ecological interactions that include monarchs, their milkweed host plants, and the parasitoids that attack the monarch larvae. In the past, I have helped students develop field- and laboratory-based research projects during the summer and academic year. If you are a student with an interest in research, I would be happy to talk with you about potential projects.

I am a member of the Education Committee of the Animal Behavior Society, through which I help review books for the ABS Outstanding Children’s Book Award. On the UJ campus, I co-advise the Science Club and Beta Beta Beta, which is a national biological honor society.