"Tawny-edged Skipper" (Honorable Mention)

Images of Research Competition

Editor's Notes

Images of Research (IOR) is an opportunity for current Murray State students from all disciplines to capture, share, and present the essence of their research in images. IOR showcases and preserves students' research in digital form and fosters engagement and creative endeavors. The jurors extend their thanks to the students who entered work for this year's competition. The entries came from a wide range of disciplines including Agricultural Education, Agronomy, Biology, Design Engineering Technology, Fisheries/Aquatic Biology, Occupational Safety and Health, and Wildlife Conservation Biology. The jurors' decision-making process was challenging as the submitted work was engaging, visually stimulating, and excellent representations of Murray State student research.

Committee Members

Dana Statton Thompson, MLIS, Assistant Professor of University Libraries (Jury Chair)

Dr. Antje Gamble, Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Dr. Marcie Venter, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Michael Flinn, Professor of Biological Science and Director of Hancock Biological Station

T. Michael Martin, MFA, Associate Professor of Art & Design and Director of University Galleries


Description: The tawny-edged skipper butterfly is a pollinator that is commonly seen on Murray State's campus. In fact, this photo was taken between the Biology building and Jesse D. Jones Hall. My research partner, Savannah French, and I are designing a project under Dr. Alyx Shultz to investigate how the presence of pollinators affects the yield of certain crops. We plan to begin the project next semester. As a wildlife biology major, I am very interested in entomology. My part in this project will be directly related to the pollinators themselves, specifically bees and butterflies, and considering the best methods for attracting them to our crops.

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