Studying rare butterflies to better understand the effects of climate change

Kim Moss, assistant professor of art and visual culture and coordinator of the biological and premedical illustration program at Iowa State University, is part of a research team studying the Parnassius clodius butterfly and its connection to climate change. This summer, Moss conducted field work in Grand Teton National Park, where she became the first person to capture on camera where the P. clodius butterfly lays its eggs. Moss is now developing an outreach program to educate and involve the public, especially youth, in conservation efforts.