Expanding Monarch Habitat

photo of monarch butterfly

CAST, in collaboration with the U of A Office of Sustainability and Academic Programs, Department of Biological Sciences, and Department of Entomology, are currently part of a four-year project funded by the BASF Living Acres Monarch Initiative. Grants were provided to three universities to research how to effectively establish and maintain milkweed, the reproductive habitat for monarch butterflies and the only plant on which their larvae feed. As an award recipient, the U of A contributes to the Initiative by evaluating changes in monarch butterfly habitat over the past 25 years and analyzing the current land in the U.S. available for monarch habitats, among other objectives.

Associated Grants and Awards

Assessment of Land Use Availability and Policy Options for Expanding Monarch Butterfly Migratory Habitat in the US, BASF Corporation (2016)

News & Media

The U of A and the Monarch Butterfly, Ozarks at Large, KUAF 91.3, 12/21/16

BASF Sponsors Doctoral Fellowship in Sustainability to Study Monarch Butterfly Conservation, Arkansas Newswire, 11/30/16

Funding provided by:

BASF Corporation

Principal Investigator

Jackson Cothren

Co-Principal Investigators

Marty Matlock

Key Personnel

Hanna Ford


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