Elizabeth Long is a butterfly expert. We caught up with her to discuss her current research at NHM, and how the Butterfly Pavilion highlights the monarch butterfly.
Long is a biologist with a particular interest in adaptive evolution, mimicry in butterflies, and ecological and evolutionary genetics. She has lived in the Los Angeles area since August 2014. She works as a postdoctoral fellow at the Natural History Museum and the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science. Much of her time is spent surveying butterfly communities in the Santa Monica Mountains and also in urban L.A. via the Museum’s BioSCAN project. In her studies she uses a combination of fieldwork, genetics/genomics techniques, and experimental approaches.