Grad Research: Vibrating Caterpillars

PhD Biology student Chanchal Yadav and two grad alumni are in the news these days over their research.  Along with Professor Jayne Yack and a colleague from Brazil, they published a paper on how caterpillars use vibrations to attract nest mates.

Says Yadav:  “This research is the very first to demonstrate that caterpillars use vibrations to recruit other caterpillars of the same species.”

She notes that the researchers’ results have implications for pest management and conservation strategies.

Yadav got involved in the project “thanks to Dr. Jayne Yack and the fascinating world of caterpillar sociality that grabbed my interest in exploring the underlying mechanisms.”

Read the full story on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs site.