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Cool as a caterpillar: the challenges and opportunities of researching across the life cycle with Esme Ashe-Jepson, PhD student

Climate change is threatening many ecosystems worldwide. In order to manage and conserve species, we need to understand the effects of temperature on wildlife. However, conservation is challenged by knowledge gaps in how this will affect species across different stages in their life cycle. Esme Ashe-Jepson discusses temperature’s role in the small blue’s egg distribution and how this can help inform management in nature reserves.

Esme Ashe-Jepson is a PhD student in the Department of Zoology: 'I am a PhD student in the Insect Ecology Group at the University of Cambridge, working in close collaboration with the Wildlife Trust of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. My research focuses on the effect of temperature on butterflies, with the goal of better understanding their response to climate change.’

You can find a link to Esme’s talk on the 1st of June here:


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Wednesday, 1 June, 2022 - 19:00 to 20:00